Grace Jones in Istanbul

Grace Jones is in Istanbul to peform onstage July 16 at the Harbiye Open Air Theater.

An unusually striking voice, an arresting show, a modern time legend: the one and only Grace Jones is finally in İstanbul! A Jamaican-born contralto, Grace Jones was always in the spotlight with her outstanding physique, original, innovative and avant-garde look, androgynous stage persona, amazing vocal performance, and stage shows. A style icon from her 1977 debut album Portfolio to last year’s Hurricane, her discography is replete with works such as Island Life and Nightclubbing. A performance not to be missed!

Grace is a singer and a model, and has also appeared in movies – most notably as May Day in James Bond movie A View to a Kill. She is known for being eccentric, and loves to play up to her image.

Grace Jones would also come to popularize the “Flat Top” hairstyle, by wearing it at many of her concerts in the 1970s, worn by numerous black men in the 1980s. Her first album cover to feature this hairstyle was 1980’s “Warm Leatherette”.

Grace practiced both recording and acting careers, although her acting often overshadowed her musical output – except in Europe where her profile as a recording artist was much higher. Her strong visual presence was an advantage to her music videos and concert tours. In her concert performances, she adopted various personas and wore outlandish costumes, particularly during her years with Goude. One such performance was at the Paradise Garage in 1985, for which she collaborated with visual artist Keith Haring for her costume. Haring painted her body in tribal patterns and fitted her with wire armor.

Even though Jones is known for her music career, which mainly focused on disco music, her flamboyant visibility always drew attention.

The 62-year-old has been famous for over three decades, and has learnt a lot about being in the public eye in that time. She is understood to be seeing a man who is several years younger than her, and she was spotted holidaying with the hunk earlier this year.

Grace has refused to confirm or deny the romance, revealing she has personal reasons for being so secretive.

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