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Bella Donna: Grace Jones


At Rag & Bone's Fall 2008 show, crisp white button-downs were punctuated with skinny black ties, and Alexander Wang showed layers, knit hats and vests. The androgyny trend practically begins and ends with Grace Jones, the model-turned-musician whose signature flat top, glasses, amazing skin and wild getups (Keith Haring once painted her body and fitted her with armor) solidified her as one of the most iconic faces of the time.

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Jones moved to Syracuse, New York and studied acting at Syracuse University. She soon ended up in New York City, where her 5'10" frame caught the attention of the fashion world. Jones began recording disco albums in the '70s and palling around with Andy Warhol. An early triple threat, Jones also acted in a number of movies, including Boomerang, in which she played a French model named Helen Strangé.

Whatever she has done, Jones has put forth an unconventional but undeniable ideal of beauty. Her makeup, usually bright colors in daring concentrations, has been inspirational, as has her extensive and continuing work with AIDS charities.

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