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Grace Jones says she’d ‘probably be dead’ if she had to abide by today’s modelling standards

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Grace Jones says she'd 'probably be dead' if she had to abide by today's standards
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Grace Jones is one of fashion’s absolute heroes.

She’s been one of the greatest advocates for androgeny, for strong body image, for personal style.

In other words, Grace Jones is a complete legend.

And she’s not here for today’s modelling standards. In fact, she claims that if she was still working today, she’d ‘probably be dead’.

‘I’m glad I’m not doing it now,’ she tells The Guardian.

‘I’d probably be dead. Everybody’s so skinny. Size zero is like the walking dead. Not sexy at all.’

She goes on to say that when she was in her heydey, she’d normally be a model size six or eight (which, if she’s referring to US sizes would mean a UK size 10 or 12) and because she’s got wide shoulders, it was hard to make clothes fit.

‘Now I can’t get into model sizes because they’re really small.’

Grace Jones says she'd 'probably be dead' if she had to abide by today's standards
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She started modelling when she was 13 and was signed to Wilhelmina Modelling Agency at 18 – reaching her apex in the early 70s. Cindy Crawford has previously spoken about the fact that a size 10 was the average size for models during the 70s and 80s.

Although Grace’s modelling days are behind her, the world of fashion isn’t.

‘I’m going to open a foundation in my mum’s name, teaching sewing and creating fashion.’

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