Before Rihanna went pants-less and Nicki rocked pink wigs, Grace Jones was setting trends and pushing boundaries. Today is the style icon’s birthday and we thought nothing would be more fitting than a tribute.

The Jamaican stunner became popular in the late 1970′s with her string of dance hits and her controversial androgynous look. She became a muse to another style icon in Andy Warhol and his photographs of her are still coveted to this day. Though she had hit songs in the United States including “Pull Up to the Bumper”, she never became a real mainstream artist here, but her popularity exploded in the UK and Europe where she had a number of Top 40 hits.

Grace has also starred in some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies including Conan the Destroyer, A View to Kill and Boomerang. She is fierce enough to play the villain, but has a sense of humor that is powerful enough to have us all in stitches. She has had a dynamic career and has succeeded in the worlds of film and music as well as in modeling on the runway for Diesel and Arise Magazine‘s Fashion Show.

Today, celebrities and designers still channel Grace’s style, clearly showing how lasting of an impression she has made on us all. We have a feeling that this is just another year gone by and that she has much more in store for the world.

Scroll through to see some of Grace’s most powerful looks.

What do you think of Grace’s style?

-Faith Cummings

  • Bronze

    HAPPY BIRTH DAY GRACE!!!!! I LOVE YOU! AND THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING SOME RUN OF THE MILL R&B CHICK. THANK YOU FOR PUSHING FASHION TO THE LIMIT!

  • omg

    i totally wub grace jones.

    she just makes me proud to be a black woman. she is just pure awesomeness.

    i so regret not see her in concert not too long ago. hopefully i will.

    grace is an artist and she is unique. none of these little girls around now can touch her. grace was/is in your face with her blackness. she toyed with it in a way that was similar to josephine baker and the banana routine. but grace’s stuff is more upfront and challenging imo. she is completely unapologetic about being black – no weave, no skin lightener, no nose job, no lip reduction. yet she doesn’t really talk about being a black woman much because she doesn’t have to… it’s all there…in her insistence on being herself. and she has always had white men crawling all over her… lol.

    one of my favorite lines from a song is from walking in the rain…

    Feeling like a woman,
    Looking like a man,
    Sounding like a no-no,
    Mating when I can,

    so. damn. classic.

    nikki minaj, beyonce, and gaga are not even equipped to kiss lady grace’s boots. although i will give gaga props for admitting her admiration for ms jones. i do actually like gaga.

    i recommend these songs
    demolition man
    nightclubbing
    private life
    my jamaican man
    i’ve seen that face before (libertango)
    slave to the rhythm

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