The Muse: Grace Jones
Grace Jones most likely hovers in your mind like a shape-shifting hologram – glittering, exotic and incredibly bright. It’s impossible to pin her down to just one single incarnation. Is she a pop icon? Trail brazing, gloriously wild and original? Is she the supermodel and cult actress – sleek and androgynous, with an iconic image you could recognise anywhere in the world? Or is she the tempest, volatile and diva-licious, renowned for a fierce tongue and a sharp slap if you cross her the wrong way? There is no single version - she is all of the above, and more. Grace Jones has always been such a unique muse – inspiring Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, as well as a slew of contemporary artists - because has never shied away from being herself – whoever that self might be today. Be it a topless hula-hooping artiste extraordinaire on stage, obliterating a world hung up on body shaming; challenger to the status quo, flaming contemporary pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga for their own watered down attempts, or a writer of her glorious tease of an autobiography, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, which distils all of her passion, laughter and celebration of sex into one great read. From that iconic album cover for ‘Island Life’, to her ability to blow away the stuffiness of fashion runways, as well as starring in a magnetic documentary all about her legendary life, she continues to inspire – and it’s impossible not to be enthralled by her. She’s a powerful force, hypnotic, salacious and thrumming with energy. We fall in love with her rebel heart, her fearlessness, and her resistance to the pressures of conformity. Most of all, we love her for her unapologetic ability to be herself – and help others to achieve the same. “Not being able to be yourself is one of the worst things ever for a person,” she stated in an interview. “You should always be able to be yourself, and be proud of yourself.” Truly, madly unmatchable, and a blazing, bold woman who champions femininity and creativity, she still has so much to reveal.