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.


  1. peterparker says

    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.

  2. Ben says

    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.

  3. Matty says

    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.

  4. says

    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!

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