Hey Mausoleum Babes,
We’ve decided to go all in on Girl Power. Enough of this (so-called) man-powered world: we’re going to school you our fav industry girls, creative moguls, and power-house females who shake things up to reverberate change in society.
We present a new series:
Our first guest: Grace Jones
Are you seriously asking this question? Jamaican-American Grace Jones is everything, literally: a musician, supermodel, actress, record producer, artist, activist. A boss.
Her uncontrollable spirit took her from the strict, rule-making environment of Jamaica to suburban Syracuse, to the model-infested streets of NYC, to the vivacious party life in Paris. She roomed with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange before hitting nightclubs with Karl Lagerfeld. Grace’s entrance into the industry was one of the most distinct and incomparable: she forged an entirely new path for herself and her voice.
And why should we care?
Grace stands on the forefront of self-love with unashamed confidence. Everything she creates, whether it be her music, cinema, anything, is a reflection of her truest self. W Mag says that Grace “…makes even the most mundane moments come alive,” a skill not too many boast. She inhibits the most insane form of the ‘It Factor’: magnetic, unstoppable, history-making.
(She’s also banned from Disney World for an indecent public display of skin, something worth mentioning.)
Grace is definitely not a feminist by the books. We wouldn’t even label her a feminist (can we label her as anything though?) As she said in her W interview, “I’m more than a feminist. I believe we are stronger. Women are stronger.”
Something just as important to talk about: Grace Jones, the Queen of Gay Discos, stands as one of the most progressive figures in gender fluidity. For the LQBTQ community, Grace is a higher power. She bypassed the limits of gender. Some call her masculine, others feminine. But why does someone have to adhere so firmly to a gender or norm? In Grace’s mind, male and female can easily meld together.
She’s “a woman who was lithe, sexy, and hyper-feminine while also exuding a ribald, butch swagger.” (Pitchfork) Grace taught us to love every part of us that teeters from female to male because all of those parts make us who we are.
How do we learn from her?
Be unashamed, confident, and embrace the abnormal things you think are too unusual.
Like Grace, let’s aspire beyond the labels. Let’s embrace what we stand for and be shameless in our showcasing of who we are.
Adhere to no rules, no, perceptions, and no restrictions.