Showroom Celebrates: Grace Jones

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This year's theme for Black History Month is African Americans and the Arts and what better way to celebrate than to honor the models that ruled the runway in the 60s and 70s along with other legends that transformed the world of fashion. Follow along all month as we walk the runway of nostalgia and celebrate the Black icons that made history.
At 13, Jones moved from Jamaica to Syracuse, New York. But within two years of moving to America, she rebelled and became a go-go dancer before studying theatre at college. At 18, she caught the attention of a model scout and signed to a New York agency.
As the 70s dawned, her work took her to Paris, where she shared an apartment with fellow models Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange and frequented the hippest nightspot, Le Club Sept.
Jones became part of the city’s fashion elite, hitting the town with friends such as Karl Lagerfeld and model Pat Cleveland. 
In 1977, she signed with the British record label Island. Her disco-driven debut, Portfolio, issued that year, included a version of Tomorrow from the musical Annie. 
In 1984, Jones starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Destroyer. This well-received excursion on to the big screen led to more roles, including that of Bond villain May Day in A View to a Kill in 1985.

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