She Was A Force That Made The World Pay Attention

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Back in the late 1960s, Jamaican-born Grace Jones was an up and coming model with chiseled features and a signature androgynous look she took to the next level with a deliberately edgy haircut.

Designers from New York to Paris begged to dress her. But Jones had a vision that couldn’t fit just one career path.

She transitioned beyond the role of outspoken supermodel to 1970s disco diva. Jones could be found twirling carefree during her parties and performances at NYC’s infamous Studio 54 in bright colors and unexpected costuming.

She was a Black woman unafraid to take a risk if it meant being fiercely true to herself.

Even maternity wear couldn’t block her next-level fashion sense.

Her maternity wardrobe included quirky shapes and silhouettes that showed she didn’t care one bit for any suggestion that a pregnant woman ought to dress modestly and conceal her growing belly.

Her semi-nude album covers especially were risque works of art.

It was because she made sure to confidently own her sensuality with zero shame that other Black women embraced theirs too.

At age 70, Grace is still a singing, acting, modeling vibrant thing, strutting down catwalks - with all that Black that just won’t crack - in support of fellow Black queen Zendaya’s 2019 Tommy Hilfiger collection debut.

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