Grace Jones feels “so copied” by a majority of modern musicians.
The 67-year-old Pull Up to the Bumper hitmaker is an entertainment legend, having modeled with legendary photographers like Helmut Newton, created countless iconic art collaborations and starred in movies such as Boomerang and in an excerpt from her new autobiography I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, Grace discussed how it feels to be iconic in the context of modern music.
“Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend’. There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them … except to the extent that they are already being like me,” she wrote. “I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary.”
Grace is convinced many modern superstars have little to offer aesthetically speaking. She believes the faddishness of it all does not translate to longevity.
“They dress up as though they are challenging the status quo, but by now, wearing those clothes, pulling those faces, revealing those tattoos and breasts, singing to those fractured, spastic, melting beats, that is the status quo,” she writes. “If that is what you want, fine, but it’s a road to nowhere.
“The problem with the Dorises and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent.”
Grace’s book I’ll Never Write My Memoirs will be officially released September 29.
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