Grace Beverly Jones (born 19 May 1948 in Spanish Town) is a Jamaican fashion icon, singer and actress.
She started her career in The '70s in high fashion meccas like New York and Paris, modelling for prestigious designers of that field such as Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo. Her trademark androgynous beauty was captured by renowned photographers such as Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Hans Feurer, and made her a muse for avant-garde artists like Andy Warhol and a prominent cover subject for magazines like Elle and Vogue. She also had much influence on the crossdressing trends of The '80s, and even to this day she has her Drag Queen imitators.
She has sung in various musical genres (disco, reggae, funk, pop, post-punk... and even Chanson), frequently collaborating with both the graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude and the reggae/dub band Sly & Robbie. Later performers like Lady Gaga were heavily influenced by the works that resulted of these collaborations.
Jones had acting roles in movies such as the blaxploitation picture Gordon's War, Vamp, Conan the Destroyer, the James Bond film A View to a Kill and Boomerang. On a more trivia note, she convinced her then-bodyguard turned boyfriend Dolph Lundgren to make himself a career in acting, starting with a small role in the aforementioned A View to a Kill.
Tropes & Trivia about her works:
- Ambiguous Gender: Her main appeal as a model and performer in The '80s was her androgynous appearance.
- Scary Black Woman: She played The Dragon to Big Bad Max Zorin in A View to a Kill to great effect, with a perfect balance of Death Glare, ruthlessness and lethality. Zula from Conan the Destroyer might also qualify, depending on how one perceives her Blood Knight and Screaming Warrior tendencies.
- What Could Have Been: Grace was once set to reappear in the James Bond franchise, with a cameo in the Jamaica scenes of No Time to Die, but she quit within minutes upon seeing how small her part was.