Things I Miss: The Daring Style of Women Like Grace Jones

September 20, 2011  |  
1 of 18

Coming in at nearly six feet (mostly legs) with skin the color of mahogany and distinctive facial features and expressions that would put Nicki Minaj to shame, Grace Jones was, is and will always be a style phenomenon. Before chicks like Lady Gaga were wearing provocative outfits to the airport, Grace Jones was rocking damn-near outlandish ensembles just about everywhere. From her actual clothing, which was so iconic thanks in part to the help of stylist Jean-Paul Goude (the father of her son Paulo by the way), to her hair and sheer presence, Jones made every arrival at every event a party. While most starlets are going for Hollywood classic glamor and want to look as normal as possible, I miss the crazy, androgynous style Ms. Jones ushered in. So here’s an ode to the “Pull Up to the Bumper” Jamaican-American singer in all her eclectic glory over the years, along with a few timeless things I learned from her.

Menswear Fresh

You know you’re bad when you can wear men’s clothes and still look hot. And I don’t mean your man’s big button up shirt, I’m talking full suit regalia that’s reminiscent of your pop’s business suit. In full androgynous mode, Jones owned the late ’70s, early 80s fashion scene. Menswear on women was and is still hellas of cool. Pull out the loafers and a huge blazer and you’ll feel fresh to death too.

Statuesque Beauty

Tall and statuesque, Jones was also a stunner in ballroom gowns and more that showed off her figure. And if you didn’t know, hooded fashions were her favorite to show off her angular cuts and face.

Off the Wall Fashion

If you’re not talking some sort of caged, see-through, revealing, furry get up, you’re not talking Grace Jones. To know this was what homegirl felt comfortable in a majority of the time it tells you how comfortable in her skin she was, and how comfortable every one else was with it too. That sort of self love and acceptance is a wonderful thing.

That Fade!

Please don’t feel confined by your locks! That’s the vibe I got from Jones. Who needs the big puffy bouffants of most ’80s starlets when you can have a sharp fade that’ll rival the looks of your brother and his friends. Jones rarely went longer than that signature fade, and in fact, she usually went shorter. But who knew you could do sooooo much with so little hair?

Tall Chick with Meat on Her Bones

You don’t need to be of model stature and weight the same amount as a child. While many women are rocking skin and bones, Jones had a little meat on her bones. Check those thighs. We see you boo!

Jones and Andre Leon Talley

Keep Fashionable Friends In Tow

Uh, we love the fact that Jones had homies like Andre Leon Talley, Boy George and the late, great Andy Warhol by her side. Their own fashion and pop art influences are pretty tremendous. And as we know, Jones was a muse for Warhol and the subject of some pretty dope portraits.

Jones and Andy Warhol
Jones and former lover/fiance Dolph Lundgren

Stay Fab at Every Age

Hey, we’re all going to get old at some point. Things are going to fall and not be so perky, skin might not be so tight, but Jones still manages to be hot stuff after all these years (she’s now 63). Still rocking skin baring outfits and bizarre costumes. We love it though!

Trending on MadameNoire

View Comments
Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
  • Absolutely LOVE Grace Jones!!! She's one of those icons that will never go away. She influenced fashion in so many ways.

  • RenJennM

    I didn't get to fall in love with Tupac BEFORE he died. I judged first, THEN found out who he really was, heard his music, and fell in love. I am so glad I didn't make that same mistake with Grace Jones. I fell in love with who she is just recently really (about a year ago) by googling her. I came across her website and read her life story and quotes. I looked at all her pictures. Then I went on YouTube and listened to her music. I was thoroughly shocked that she had such a pleasant voice and cool sound.

    I can't believe how often we all let the media sway our opinion of who someone is. Based on things people would say about her, I thought she was some crazy, monster, shrew b***h of a woman. Don't get me wrong… she is eccentric, expressive, assertive, and even down right aggressive at times. But she's also COOL, WISE, and INSPIRING. She is an individual who is truly clairvoyant about herself, her past, her present, her relationships with others, and how she views the world. Most of those outrageous characters she played in movies are just hyperboles of who she is–one aspect exaggerated–like Tupac in the movie, Juice. I wish more people knew about her and how much she's influenced not only Lady Gaga, but other celebrities, and the entire fashion industry as a whole.

  • Pingback: Grace Jones: No One Does It Better | ADSENSE OPTIMIZED TEMPLATES()

  • Nicole

    Grace Jones is a ugly black Jamaican bytch.

  • IllyPhilly

    Tall, Dark-skinned, bald, and fierce. What happened to that? Everybody's pencil thin wit butt pads and two pounds of weave and contacts.

  • Ex madamenoire reader

    I use to love this site…but thanx to the popups that wont let me exit out the ad, I will Never visit again…pissed offf…I LOVE YOU GRAAACE

  • Earthspirit1

    One of my IDOLS!!!! Grace in your face!!! :-))

  • jessica


    ┃⌒ ⌒┃┃⌒ ⌒┃ 
    My best friend ,she has just announced her wedding with a military man !they met via- ——- ..She really loves the military guy and she would thank a lot for the website– Uniformed^kiss
    it is the largest and best club for military and their admirers to chat online. … It's worthy a try!
    ! Come on!!