Singer and fashion icon reveals she refuses fan requests for photos
Grace Jones has expressed her hatred for selfies but admitted that if Andy Warhol was still alive he would love them and convince her to as well.
The singer, actress and fashion icon is currently promoting her autobiography I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, released last month.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Jones revealed that she refuses fan requests for selfies, saying: “Even now I’m like, ‘Selfies? No, I hate selfies’. If Andy [Warhol] was here he would probably talk me into doing selfies. That’s a weird thought. He would be like, ‘Grace, doll, you got to do the selfie. They’re going to feel bad.'”
Jones sat for Warhol for a series of portraits during 1984. He passed away in 1987.
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In Jones’ recent memoir she hit out at “middle of the road” pop stars, citing Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Beyoncé as examples.
Jones wrote: “Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend’. There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce [Beyoncé]. 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 have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary.”
Jones added: “The problem with… the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.”