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Grace Jones: a Mass-Produced Self-Portrait in Chocolate


Grace Jones does quality control on her persona.


The cover of Hurricane and the album's accompanying photography, shot by Jonathan De Villiers, was art directed by Tom Hingston Studios at a chocolate factory in the UK. CR Blog shows the entire process.


Said Hingston to the CR: "The original idea was to produce a set of images of Grace being mass-produced but with her being in control of the actual process. The crux of the idea is that she has ownership of her identity. We looked at a range of manufacturing processes, from car makers to pottery factories, but there was something about her being made of chocolate that had [the right] connotations."


Adds Hingston: "It takes about 20 minutes for each mould to set, and for the head there are just two small holes for the nostrils. But Grace was up for it and her participation was key to the idea. Of course, we were working with someone who’s used to being the muse or subject of such an unusual process."


More photos of the process at CR Blog.

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  1. too bad lucy is no longer around to do that photo shoot with grace.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 17, 2008 12:49:52 PM

  2. Grace Jones is absolutely perfect in every single way. Love her. Now, where can I get myself a chocolate Grace? Seriously want one.

    Posted by: Just Nick | Dec 17, 2008 12:55:58 PM

  3. That woman is the definition of fierce on every level.

    Posted by: MT | Dec 17, 2008 12:58:44 PM

  4. Work bitch, worrrrrrk!!!

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Dec 17, 2008 1:18:04 PM

  5. Now GRACE! That woman has class!

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 17, 2008 1:21:47 PM

  6. And by the way, the album is pretty great, too!

    Posted by: Kirk Fontenot | Dec 17, 2008 1:34:26 PM

  7. Great shots! The interesting thing about Grace Jones' music is that surprisingly her music from the 80's still holds up and sounds fresh even today.

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 17, 2008 1:46:10 PM

  8. love, l-o-v-e, LOVE, grace...'nuff said...?

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Dec 17, 2008 2:04:09 PM

  9. It is good to know some things never change...Grace is still as batshit crazy as ever. Love her!

    Posted by: Christopher, Louisville | Dec 17, 2008 2:21:58 PM

  10. Grace is not perfect, but she's perfect for me. Love her!

    Posted by: Free | Dec 17, 2008 2:58:31 PM

  11. Freaking brilliant.

    And original - that's how they used to do things back then.

    Posted by: Andy | Dec 17, 2008 3:07:35 PM

  12. Her CD was easily one of my favs this year. These photos remind us how she's always been as much about 'Art" as music or celebrity.

    Grace Jones is kinda what Madonna aspires and fails to be.

    Posted by: Ben | Dec 17, 2008 3:23:49 PM

  13. This is some neat and funny shit. Glad Grace is still kicking it!

    Posted by: Drew | Dec 17, 2008 3:33:44 PM

  14. OMFG, WANT!!!

    Posted by: Princess Superstar | Dec 17, 2008 3:41:46 PM

  15. love this bitch !!! timeless beauty icon.

    Posted by: theboy | Dec 17, 2008 3:50:22 PM

  16. OMG!!! Grace Jones is beyond amazing! Brilliant! Love Her!

    Posted by: OooLaLa | Dec 17, 2008 3:57:53 PM

  17. Oh I love when you reblog me!

    Posted by: Jocko | Dec 17, 2008 4:28:13 PM

  18. I want one! I love Grace, she's a true icon. I thank her for being such a great influence on me as a kid. Yes, believe it or not she was a positive influence; having her as someone I could relate to made the coming out process for me a hell of a lot smoother.

    Posted by: Matty | Dec 17, 2008 4:48:02 PM

  19. One of the great comebacks and greatest albums of the year.

    Posted by: Br!on | Dec 17, 2008 6:13:40 PM

  20. When I hired her in the 80's she had a 20 page rider never a mention of chocolate, guess thats changed...she blew us away then and she is still blow n' like a Hurricane. You rule F-it you create the Rules. We want to see the live show! Bring it!
    Love you Ms. Jones!

    Posted by: Blow | Dec 18, 2008 1:44:00 AM

  21. there is no one like her. she is the dopest of the very dopest.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 18, 2008 11:55:31 AM

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