In her own words: Three times “beautiful and grotesque” Grace Jones told us exactly who she is

Nii Ntreh May 19, 2020 at 04:30pm

May 19, 2020 at 04:30 pm | Opinions & Features

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

May 19, 2020 at 04:30 pm | Opinions & Features

A Grace Jones Odyssey | London Evening Standard
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“I like conflicts”

In 1985, Jones told Playboy magazine: “I like conflicts. I love competition. I like discovering things for myself. It’s a childlike characteristic, actually. But that gives you a certain amount of power, and people are intimidated by that.”

This was a confession of awareness and of a desire to be in contention for attention. Jones arguably knew that as a black woman, her fame and fortune at that time was an antithesis to a tradition that insisted on her exclusion.

She was supposed to be afraid and not compete in that space but as she recognized, pushing boundaries has the tendency to invigorate one for further pushing.

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