I come from the underground. I am never comfortable in the middle of the stream, flowing in the same direction as everyone else.’ – Grace Jones


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?


The Queen of eccentricity and one time Queen of popular culture and new wave, Grace Jones shares her thoughts on today’s pop royalty in her new upcoming autobiography ‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs‘.


The Jamaican born legendary performer did not hold back as she discusses her successors Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and fellow island gal Rihanna as carbon copies.


The former supermodel shares her difficulty to follow today’s trends and artists to stay relevant, as she feels she set the tone for them.






The ‘Pull Up to the Bumper‘ singer is not only renowned for her music, but modelling, acting and most iconically her fashion statements, which she still continues to shock and impress with today at the age of 67-years-old.


In the past and today, artists visuals for new music or spreads from photoshoots are easily compared to that of the ‘Boomerang‘ actress, or it at least is clear to see where the inspiration is taken from.






But has Miss Jones got a case of the ‘has-been’ hater flu? This is definitely an interesting read if nothing else.



Check out what Miss Jones had to say below:



I come from the underground. I am never comfortable in the middle of the stream, flowing in the same direction as everyone else. I think people assume that’s where I want to be, famous for being famous, because as part of what I do there is a high level of showing off. But my instinct is always to resist the pull of the obvious. It’s not easy.
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.


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.


Rihanna… she does the body-painting thing I did with Keith Haring, but where he painted directly on my body, she wears a painted bodysuit. That’s the difference. Mine is on skin; she puts a barrier between the paint and her skin. I don’t even know if she knows that what she’s doing comes from me, but I bet you the people styling her know. They know the history.


I remember when one of the singers on the list of those who came after me first said that she wanted to work with me. Everyone around me is going: ‘You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money’. No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention. No one could believe that I said no, but I am okay on my own. I am okay not worrying about a new audience. If the f**k don’t feel right, don’t f**k it.


With this one, who I will call Doris, I thought she was trying on other people’s outfits: she’s a baby in a closet full of other people’s clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don’t fit. I could see what she wanted to be when I watched her doing something when she started out that was starker and purer. Deep down, she doesn’t want to do all the dressing-up nonsense; she loses herself inside all the play-acting.


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. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.”



Is Doris a new way of saying Gaga? Of course we have no evidence that Lady Gaga is who is being referred to as Doris but we feel it may be a pretty good guess.







If we are all the way honest, if we didn’t love Grace Jones enough before, we for sure love her even more now.

How is it possible to be mad at anything she has said above? The honesty and realness has to be respected at least, even if you might not agree with what has been said.


Surely, she did not get to where she is by not containing that train of thought throughout her career.


It would be the clearest form of denial to say she isn’t right, with her accomplishments it is her prerogative not to want to ride off of the success of another current artist.

It doesn’t seem like there is much hate or jealousy in the released excerpt from the autobiography.


Longevity should always be key for any artist, and although she may not be topping the charts these day, she will always be known as the one who did it first and did it best.


She’s Grace Jones damn it!!! And here is an example of why…





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