After the commercial triumph of Slave to the Rhythm, Grace Jones’s comeback album of 1985, Island Records quickly decided to release a ‘Best of’ collection.
Jones assigned her then-partner, photographer and graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude, to create the cover image for Island Life.
In what has become an iconic portrait, Goude compiled several separate snaps of Jones and constructed this lithesome and elegant – if anatomically dubious – pose, all before Photoshop existed. “Unless you are extraordinarily supple, you cannot do this arabesque,” Goude has said. “The main point is that Grace couldn’t do it, and that’s the basis of my entire work: creating a credible illusion.”
Goude would later photograph Kim Kardashian for Paper magazine in 2014.