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10 Fab Facts About Grace Jones

1

Born in 1948 in Jamaica, Grace Jones is the ultimate jack of all trades: She is a pioneering artist, musician, model, record producer and actress.

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Even though her parents were very religious when she was growing up, she was rebellious. She would sneak off to clubs in New York in provocative outfits.

3

She initially found success modeling in Paris, covering Elle and Vogue, and working with photographers like Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin.

4

In Paris, she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange. They would regularly party at Paris' most popular clubs with Karl Lagerfeld!

5

In 1981, after Jones had decided to pursue her music instead of modeling, she released her most popular album, "Nightclubbing."

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Her music initially had disco roots but evolved to a new-wave sound and influenced bands like LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and Gorillaz.

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Her vocal range spans two and a half octaves, which helps her switch between monotone talking to hitting very high notes in her music.

8

Jones appeared in "Conan the Destroyer" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Bond film "A View to Remember."


9

She's known for her androgynous look and influenced the cross-dressing movement of the '80s. Her then-partner Jean-Paul Goude helped to shape the esthetic she would become known for.

10

Jones has a lifetime ban from Walt Disney World in Florida because she exposed her breasts during a live performance.

(photo credits: getty images)