Jamaica-born singer Grace Jones might have walked for fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo as a model and become an 80s pop icon with hit singles including ‘Pull Up to the Bumper’ and ‘Slave to the Rhythm’, but the 69-year-old thinks she wouldn’t have stood a chance of success if she’d been a fledgling model in today’s world.
In an interview with the Guardian, the star says that despite regularly walking for the likes of Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaïa back in the 70s, she isn’t so sure her androgynous and muscular physique that made her famous ‘back in the day’ would be appreciated in the face of today’s beauty standards.
‘I am glad I’m not doing it now,’ she told the publication. ‘I’d probably be dead. Everybody’s so skinny. Size zero is like the walking dead. Not sexy at all.’
She continued: ‘When I modelled, I would normally be a model size six, eight, though my shoulders are wide, it’s hard to make them fit into things. Now I can’t get into model [sample] sizes, because they’re really small.’
However, while the singer – who recently released her 11th album – doesn’t think she’d fit into the world of fashion in 2017, that doesn’t stop her appreciating the art form and celebrating up-and-coming designers. ‘When it comes to fashion, I’m loyal,’ she said. ‘I love Issey Miyake, Alaïa, Kenzo, Philip Treacy. I’m going to open a foundation in my mom’s name, teaching sewing and creating fashion,’ she concluded.
A Grace Jones fashion school? Now you’re talking.
From: Elle UK