Grace Jones Criticizes Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, But Saves the Worst For Mystery Performer
Grace Jones’ new memoir is called I'll Never Write My Memoirs, but she definitely did write them, and she definitely did go in on some buzzy topics. Just when you thought post-VMAs pop star drama was dying down, here we go…
In one passage, the cult favorite described why she can never follow the A-lister zeitgeist :
"Trends come along and people say, 'Follow that trend.' There’s a lot of that around at the moment: 'Be like Sasha Fierce (Beyonce). 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."
On her own career, she professed an “art over money” stance, and why that left her not quite as wealthy as some think:
"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."
"This is what I would say to my pupil: you have become only your fame, and left behind most of who you were. How are you going to deal with that? Will you lose that person forever? Have you become someone else, without really knowing it? Do you always have to stay in character for people to like you? Do you know that you are in character?”
But perhaps the harshest critique was reserved for a popular performer she’ll only identify as “Doris.” She recalled acquaintances urging her to collaborate with Doris, thinking her star would soar alongside. Jones refuted, “No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention."
Now, she describes Doris as, "a baby in a closet full of other people’s clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don’t fit… She looks lost, like she is desperately trying to find the person she was when she started."
The excerpts come from a preview published in Time Out London. The book, following Grace’s life from modeling to disco to film and everything in between, drops on Sept. 24 via Simon and Schuster.