We can’t talk about Lady Gaga without mentioning one of her biggest influences, Grace Jones. She remains a true innovator and a pure artist. She has been painted and photographed by some of the best in the biz and it’s easy to see why..
Some times one just has to – with a conscience – do things because we’re human that aren’t necessarily god-like. I don’t believe in doing something to hurt. But I’m a free spirit. Where is the wrong? How do I put a limit to freedom? What does it mean: “scandal”? For someone else is, not a scandal for me. I can do anything.
Grammy-nominee and three-time Saturn Award-nominee, Grace Jones can claim a career in show business by birthright. Her grandfather (on her mother’s side) was a musician who traveled with Nat ‘King’ Cole. She was born May 19, 1948 in Spanish Town, St Catherine – Jamaica, to Marjorie Jones (née Williams) and Reverend Robert W. Jones. Though she was born in Jamaica, Grace was raised in Syracuse, New York, where she later studied Spanish at Syracuse University. Halfway through college, she was approached by a drama professor who proposed that she come work with him in a play he was putting on in Philadelphia, she accepted. She was 18 when she moved back to New York, and signed on as a model with Wilhelmina Modeling agency. But, since her looks were not successfully received, she moved to Paris, France, where her androgynous, bold, dark-skinned appearance fostered her potential. She modeled for Yves Saint-Laurent, Claude Montana, Kenzo Takada, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Hans Feurer and Azzedine Alaïa and she appeared on the covers of “Elle”, “Vogue”, and “Der Stern”. While modeling, she found herself acting, playing minor parts in film. Her debut film appearance was in Gordon’s War (1973), she played the role of Mary, a drug smuggler. Grace started to work prolifically in the 1980s and became a successful American actress with her roles of Zula the amazonian in Conan the Destroyer (1984), and May Day in the 14th James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985). Other notable roles include: Katrina, the Egyptian queen vampire in Vamp (1986), Helen Strangé, the forceful and sex hungry model in the Eddie Murphy film, Boomerang (1992), and Christoph/Christine, an intersexed circus performer in the made-for-television film, Wolf Girl (2001).
I was born to be a star. Once I decided to accept that responsibility I would not be placed in any mold that was limiting again.
Now when I enter a carriage, it almost empties. But there’s always one brave enough to stay.
I’ve always been a rebel. I never do things the way they’re supposed to be done. Either I go in the opposite direction or I create a new direction for myself, regardless of what the rules are or what society says.
Men are terrified of me. I can easily step into the man’s shoe, and that puts the man in a position where he has to become the female. That’s what sets off the tension. But my image is supposed to frighten men – so only the good ones come through.
After I left home I realized that I was not myself. When does one decide to be oneself? I think that’s what it all comes down to. I decided first to discover life and then decide what I wanted from life – what made me happy, what was easy for me. You see, whatever one is, one must first know the truth about oneself.
As a model one is forced to spend a lot of time in front of the mirror and I just started to freak out, like I was going on the other side of the mirror. I moved every mirror out of my house when I stopped modelling.
It doesn’t surprise me that people can’t see beyond my image. It’s amazing but I can understand it. That’s what image is for. But it’s never a problem for me. It’s only a problem for them. I don’t really care. I do what I want regardless.