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That perspective, gives me cognitive dissonant reflux, everytime. Perhaps the 'appreciation', is more fetishstic(sp), than 'natural' appreciation, which I'm hesitant to understand.

I think of Europe's adoration of Grace Jones in the 1980's, and feeling something was 'off'. Not that Jones was'nt a beautiful woman (if not odd), but being that Europe, is the cradle of white supremacy, their appreciation suggests something deeper, more than a 'simple' appreciation of aesthetics. Makes me go, whaaa? For lots of reasons...

I feel it's important to add here that Jones put out dynamite music, her cds, having seen her live, an equally dynamic and creative 'caberet' style performance. She was hugely popular over here for her MUSIC as well as her incredible beauty.

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For a brief time she was one of a few entertainers who could balance a recording and acting career simultaneously, and indeed her film roles and modelling work often overshadowed her musical output. Her strong visual presence extended to her stage work. Her performances were unique spectacles; she adopted various personas and wore outlandish costumes, particularly during her years with Goude. One memorable performance was at the Paradise Garage in 1985, wherein she collaborated with legendary visual artist Keith Haring for her costume. Haring also painted her body for the video to "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)."


Name one performer who doesn't flaunt and maximise their looks. One refreshing difference for Grace Jones was she ACTUALLY WAS UNIQUE AND TALENTED UNLIKE THE ENDLESS MANUFACTURED MARKETING MODELS (girl or boy bands) than the USA spews out endlessly in the name of popular music. I dispute Jones' appeal was purely of fetish value for non-black audiences. I believe that she was able to grab people's attention worldwide and KEEP IT because she is so talented as well as beauty. And for once the world accepted a different 'representation' of beauty - powerful, unique, dynamic and uncompromising. Yeah to her!!

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For a brief time she was one of a few entertainers who could balance a recording and acting career simultaneously, and indeed her film roles and modelling work often overshadowed her musical output. Her strong visual presence extended to her stage work. Her performances were unique spectacles; she adopted various personas and wore outlandish costumes, particularly during her years with Goude. One memorable performance was at the Paradise Garage in 1985, wherein she collaborated with legendary visual artist Keith Haring for her costume. Haring also painted her body for the video to "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)."


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Perhaps the 'appreciation', is more fetishstic(sp), than 'natural' appreciation, which I'm hesitant to understand.

that statement can apply equally to most 'sexualized' pictures of women... and they aren't all in porn magazines. And everyone in the celebrity/entertainment industry dabbles in sexualized imagery.

I realize you're talking more about the audience 'reception' than the projection of an artist's image... however I would like to comment that not everyone of european descent views beauty the same way, or on a fetish or superficial level. I just feel it downgrades some artists to point to fetishism as their main 'drawcard' when it isn't necessarily the mass viewpoint.
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