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Grace Jones calls Kim Kardashian ‘basic’

@Miss_GraceJones via Twitter

@Miss_GraceJones via Twitter

Grace Jones goes for the jugular, again. Only this time, she’s set her disgust on reality star Kim Kardashian. In a new excerpt from her autobiography I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, the eccentric chanteuse didn’t bite her tongue, when talking about Kardashian-West’s now infamous #BreakTheInternet PAPER Magazine cover:

“When he took a photograph of Kim Kardashian with a champagne glass perched on her ass in an impossible pose like the ones he did with me over thirty-five years ago, I asked him why he was giving her – a basic commercial product – his ideas? This seemed to contradict his spirit of integrity, which he has protected for so long. Why was he repeating himself, just to give her a little flare of publicity, quickly absorbed by the next puff of self-promotion?”

Kim Kardashian - Paper Magazine Cover


“Well, he replied, ‘I got the feeling that if I didn’t do that photograph, she would have simply copied the idea anyway. I might as well copy myself.’ His ideas are are so powerful that repeating them decades later still causes a hell of a fuss, however temporary…He might have done it to wind me up a little as well. Which he did.”

So evidently, the ’70’s photog did himself a favor by emulating his own work … that is, just in case the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star tried to have another photographer bite his style. While they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, did the expectant mother disrespect Jones’ legacy by recreating the iconic image?

Earlier this month, Jones slammed pop stars Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Rihanna and Madonna for imitating her. “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,” she said in one passage.

So, we just have one question — who does Jones like? For those interested, her memoir hits stands on Sept. 29. Will you be buying? Sound off in the comment section below.


  1. shellyTheGreat on September 30, 2015 at 9:18 am

    She sounds jealous.

    • Likewaterforchoc on September 30, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Nah. She’s just real and calls it like she sees it. Grace is definitely and original and was always ahead of her time. She has always given zero effs. Oddly enough, both of Kanye’s exes have imitated her photos. A few years back, Amber Rose did a remake of several of Grace’s most famous photos (from Nightclub to Pull Up to the Bumper) to “legitimize” herself as a model (of course Amber’s photos don’t hold a candle to the originals). Her point is that a lot of artist are doing things that they are passing off as “edgy” and “trendy” despite the fact that Grace did these things decades ago.

      • keyna on September 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm

        @ likewater if wasn’t for Diana ross & subpreams marvels patty & blue bell tina turner Shaka con it wouldn’t be Grace jones

        • WeezyDuzIt on October 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

          @kenya your spelling is horrible. If it wasn’t for Harriet Tubman, there would be no Diana, Patty, Tina, Chaka… you get where this is going or nah?

          • Likewaterforchoc on October 1, 2015 at 9:25 am


          • Sharon Martinez on October 6, 2015 at 4:22 am

            I think that ‘subpreams’ was intentional. kinda cute. just kinda.

        • mercdem2 on October 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

          See how you had to stack a bunch of women to even try to make that reference work… and you STILL missed the ball. Go siddown.

    • honeybooboob*tch on October 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Nah… she has an opinion and a right to it. Just because she wasn’t feeling Kimmy Cakes cover doesn’t means she’s jealous or a hater. It means just that… she thought it was whack. I concur!

      • shellyTheGreat on October 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

        i think it sounds jealous, she said ugly things about a bunch of different entertainers and they never said anything ugly about her. kardashian and all those other young artists may not even know that they’re copying grace jones. i don’t see the point in insulting them, how about just educating them? let them know who you are. but whatever, sometimes when people get older, they just say whatever they want, so i get it.

        • honeybooboob*tch on October 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

          I agree older people tend to say whatever they want… but it’s clear that the artists she named imitated her style and essence in a variety of ways. I don’t know ANYONE who isn’t familiar with Grace Jones and the lengths she went to just be herself. I think she just wants to be acknowledged. And Kim did the opposite. She claimed it was something people had never seen before. Do I think at the end of the day it was West’s idea? Hell yes! But give credit where it’s due…

          • shellyTheGreat on October 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

            yeah, that makes sense.

        • UdonNo on October 4, 2015 at 3:14 pm


        • mercdem2 on October 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

          Jesus, today’s generation of trash wouldn’t know talent if it put a 6 inch stiletto in it’s eye.

          • shellyTheGreat on October 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

            you’re probably right about that.

    • Lourdes Lonchenge on October 2, 2015 at 8:18 am

      You’re clueless. You obviously don’t know anything about her. What does she have to be jealous of? They copied HER. She existed, arrived and accomplished long before any of this fake people did. She has actual talent and has been a long-established recording artist in her own right.

      • shellyTheGreat on October 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

        I said she SOUNDS jealous, meaning what she’s saying right here sounds jealous TO ME. Just because someone was inspired by you doesn’t mean you have to say bad things about them. You don’t know this lady either, so chill out.

        • UdonNo on October 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm


          • shellyTheGreat on October 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

            oh, hush.

    • Malibu Jones on October 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm


      • shellyTheGreat on October 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        those younger celebrities she’s speaking of.

        • TruthSpeaks on October 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

          Well they have not acknowledge they got their ideas from Grace Jones. Look at Madonna, many younger celebs who copy her styles acknowledged her. See where I’m going with that point? Therefore until I hear Kim K. acknowledge Grace Jones, the bottom line is there’s no point defending her. Kim is talentless and have to steal other famous people’s ideas to keep herself relevant in the spotlight. Less than a year ago Kim was accused by fans of a pop star from Europe of stealing the pop star’s fashion style/looks.

          • shellyTheGreat on October 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

            honestly, i do understand her point now. I just don’t think she needs to put anyone down to make her point, but i do agree that these younger folks should acknowledge where they got their fashion ideas from. Although, I do suspect that some of them get their fashion from stylists, and although those stylists may know who grace jones is, the actual celebrity might not.

  2. WeezyDuzIt on September 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

    To call Kim Kardashian basic is to not love yourself.

    • Mr Mister on September 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      She called the work, the celebrity of KK a basic commercial product not the humanity of her. She states a very blunt reality that shallow folks don’t quite get because she comes from a very deep and unfamiliar end of the thinking pool.

      • LA on September 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        Hey Mista Mista you my dear hit the nail right on the head..

    • Kevin E Ross on September 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      She is basic.Name her talents ( I can’t find any except for the fact that she’s turn nothing into something). Then give examples of why they are talents.

      • WeezyDuzIt on October 1, 2015 at 1:37 am

        Who needs talent with an a$$ like that? Besides, I never said she was talented.

        • Kevin E Ross on October 1, 2015 at 2:15 am

          Point taken

        • TruthSpeaks on October 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

          In that case why all the black and brown women with a$$ like that not in the spotlight too? You do know Kim really have a butt implant? There’s old pictures of her with her sisters and her a$$ was smaller than that. As they got older her sisters’ a$$ stay the same but Kim’s one suddenly grew. Khloe too, admitted she got a butt implant but Kim would never admit she had one done. The bottom line is Kim was infamous for that sex tape ONLY because she was Paris Hilton friend on PH’s reality show. Kim claimed she was very upset about the sex tape leak and could not function. Yeah, right, she took advantage of it, her friendship with Paris to be where she is now. Her a$$ was not the real reason she was famous…..but Paris did told Kim if it was not for her letting her on her show, she would not be relevant and just another leaked sex tapes. Paris said to Kim I made you bitch!!!

    • EMILY POST on October 2, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      lol Look at the people who are impressed and fans of Kim Kardashian…. Honestly they are normally the wanna be’s and the most basic females… They are the Swan Contestants.. Chicks who’s only chance at superficial self esteem is a trip to a plastic surgeon.

  3. Arbitr^rY^[email protected] on September 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    facts only by the Yardy…she and Selena started most if not all of the modern popcult, less we are all too forgetful..

    • honeybooboob*tch on October 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm


    • Whiteguy on December 2, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Should be “least we forget”

  4. kelly on September 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    not any of them hold a candle to grace . she is the icon of fashion she is proof that you aint gotta be americas standard of pretty to be hot fly and have a style, she is a trend maker and a trail blazer in art , she is like walking art and trust 40 years from now she will be all kids will be talking about kim k or beyonce ,it will be grace people love art and she symbolize art period , she human so she gonna say something outside of her character cause most icons dont know they are , look at elvis and micheal jackson.

  5. Jay on September 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Compared to Grace, Kim K is basic

  6. EMILY POST on October 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    She is a original…in a industry full of knockoffs, clones and copycats posing pretending to be artist. It is boring, it is uninspiring. Is it a big deal being Authentic? Is it a big deal to get your just do and credit.. In the World of Entertainment the Answer is HELL Yes….. Part of the problem is she did not get her proper recognition. If you do not get your proper recognition you side eye copy cats. You may sound jealous but it is really resentment and a rancid taste for the Entertainment Industry…. Part of it is her color she is a black woman and in America a black woman does not reign supreme even in her own space in things she creates…. In Entertainment copycats can interfere with originals money.. So I can understand how annoying it must be… Why does Grace Jones not get her place as a true Icon???

  7. noneya on October 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Kim K came up on a porn video and daddys money but she is still wack.

  8. mercdem2 on October 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    “BASIC COMMERCIAL PRODUCT.” Read the trash Grace! Read it!