Grace Jones is a statuesque model and iconic music legend who has been debunking stereotypical beauty standards for decades. Her powerful performance on Tommy Hilfiger’s runway at Paris Fashion week was rock solid proof, were it needed, that she’s never going to go out of style because she sets her own agenda rather than follow one that has been set for her by someone else.
The 70 year old icon is a trail blazing advocate for making the very best of your life and not letting a number like which year you happened to be born in play on your mind or dictate how you live your life.
“People stress too much about ageing and that makes them age,” insists the Jamaican-born powerhouse who can’t bear the phrase ‘old age’.
‘I don’t know what mature means’
“Oh God, I never use those words,” she says after being asked what it means to her. “I just call it wisdom. Time is like a space capsule. We are in space, not time.”
It’s rumoured that she’s a septuagenarian – she refuses to officially address her age – but Grace insists that ‘mature’ is a word she doesn’t even understand and embraces continuing to learn and absorb information as a child would, rather than let her mind stagnate.
“I don’t know what ‘mature’ means,” she says. “I still keep my mind open. It’s not stagnant. I’m still very childlike, and I keep a certain naïveté as far as being able to receive information. Once you think you’re mature and you know everything, then you don’t put up the antenna, it’s no longer out there receiving for you.”
‘I’m very thankful’
While age is irrelevant to her, Grace has extremely interesting theories on mortality, insisting that gratitude and positivity is important, as well as remembering that whilst our minds can be powerful and without boundaries, sometimes our bodies might not be:
“I’ve always been aware of my mortality. I feel very positive. I’m very thankful that I’m able to do what I’m doing and I love what I’m doing. I still love to take risks. I would still love to do stunts, but I fell off the stage not that long ago when I was trying to do some crazy thing and I get aware of the fact that now my back feels like, Oh, where did that come from?
“But, we are flesh and blood. The mind is forever. The spirit is eternal. So I like to live in that zone, while knowing my limits physically. I still love to work out. I swim a lot. I believe when we do pass that our spirits join all the other spirits. We’ll be in the light.”
‘You should always be able to be yourself’
What is so refreshing about Grace is her refusal to be anything but herself and this, she says, is imperative to living your best life.
“Hiding, secrets, and not being able to be yourself is one of the worst things ever for a person. It gives you low self-esteem,” Grace says. “You never get to reach that peak in your life. You should always be able to be yourself, and be proud of yourself.”
And also never be afraid to look in the mirror and love what you see staring back at you.
“One boyfriend told me that I loved myself too much,” admits Grace. “I thought, Well, you can love a boyfriend too much, but you can’t love yourself too much. Sometimes you have to love yourself to keep yourself whole.”
We completely agree with that.