Grace Jones Gets Real about Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Beyonce, Miley, and Many More in New Autobiography
Grace Jones is coming for everyone in her new book.
Grace Jones is out for blood. Last night, Time Out London shared excerpts from her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs, and Grace has no problem naming names. The living legend proved she isn't afraid to come for all your faves, and she lets us know just what she thinks about people biting her style without giving credit where it's due.
But first, in case you didn't know, model/singer/actress/icon Grace Jones has been a huge influence in the world of fashion, music, movies, and pop culture in general, since the '70s. Basically, everything your favorite pop star has done, Grace Jones did it first, and she did it a million times better. If this is news to you, please take a moment to educate yourself.
But back to the excerpts. Oh, the shade of it all. Where to start? Grace Jones clearly isn't a fan of being expected to follow trendsetters because, in her view, those trendsetters are the ones copying her:
"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 don't know who in their right mind would tell the legendary Grace Jones that she needs to be more like Rita Ora, of all people, but oh, that was such masterful shade, wasn't it?
Grace came hard for pop stars like Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus (who she mentions by name, among many others), saying that they have no longterm vision, and that by "wearing those clothes" and "pulling those faces," they aren't challenging the status quo but reinforcing it.
She even called out Rihanna specifically for copping her body painted look for the "Umbrella" video: "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."
Grace also has a lot to say about an artist she calls "Doris." Apparently, Doris cited Grace Jones as an inspiration and wanted to work with her. Grace declined. Why? In her own words, "She [Doris] 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."
She also describes Doris as a little girl playing dress-up, who looks lost and doesn't know who she is anymore. What artist is Grace talking about? Commenters have been speculating all over the internet - Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna - but we may never know for sure.
Still, she did go on to name artists she considers to be on her level, and citing Lady Gaga, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Miley, Kanye West, and FKA Twigs as pupils.
While Time Out London had the excerpts up on their website for a few hours, it's no longer available - you'll have to wait to read it in their print edition next week (or you can check it out Buzzfeed).
I'm calling it: I'll Never Write My Memoirs is going to be the most widely-read memoir this year, and it's not just because we, as a society, can't resist a good bit of juicy celeb gossip. In just a few excerpts, Grace Jones spoke for everyone who's had enough of what pop music has to offer these days: a whole lotta flash with very little substance and faux-provocativeness performed solely for the sake of creating buzz. If the rest of the book (scheduled to hit shelves on September 24) keeps it half as real as the tidbits that have been released, then we're in for the kind of wild ride that only someone as fearless as Grace Jones could take us on.