Hair Icons

Hair Icons: Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Her name is synonymous with the cutting edge of fashion, but the force known as Grace Jones became an iconic symbol for women in hair as well. It takes a brave woman to go against the grain (i.e. the long hair stereotype) and truly embrace their natural beauty, but that’s exactly what Grace did. She appeared on the scene in the early 70’s as a fashion model, working with designers such as Yves St. Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Stern working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer and it was her unique beauty that launched her into super stardom.

Jones’ distinctive androgynous appearance, square-cut, angular padded clothing, manner, and height of  influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s. Her in raw, in-your-face persona translated not only in her music of fashion choices, but with her hairstyle as well. By not hiding behind tons of wigs or hair extensions, she allowed the world to see her true beauty and showed that a woman is just as attractive with short hair as she is with long hair. She has been often counted as an inspiration to many musicians such as, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and so on. Her hair trend of a close cut, buzzed looked has been recreated by starlets such as Amber Rose, Jada Pinkett Smith and many others. A true icon lives on through the people they’ve touched and it’s its safe to say the Grace Jones has left a permanent mark on the fashion and beauty world.


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