Jody Watley Interview V Magazine Summer Issue 2014

© 2014 Jody Watley - #selfie

© 2014 Jody Watley –  V Magazine #selfie

 

 

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE JODY WATLEY RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM THAT HARKS BACK TO HER FUNK SOUL ROOTS. HERE, THE SINGER REFLECTS ON HER RISE TO THE TOP, WORKING WITH THE WORLD’S GREATEST FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS AND STAYING TRUE.

Jody Watley at Giorgio’s the exclusive, the exclusive Saturday party at The Standard in Hollywood, where Mick Jagger and Andre Harrell mix and David LaChapelle might be spotted with Daphne Guiness on his lap. Watley is the queen of the venue-she holds court almost every week just past DJ Adam XII’s booth with her friend and Decades cofounder Christos Garkinos. Tonight, the mother of two a self described basketball mom, carpool mom, fabulous mom..” wears all black save for a pair of crystal Jimmy Choo pumps. When she’s in the mood, she’ll fan herself on the dance floor-something she has done since beginning her career as a dancer on Soul Train as a teenager. “I always have my little fan action.” the icon says with a smile. “It’s so glamourous. Eat your heart out Karl Lagerfeld.” Watley shot the video for “Nightlife”, the clubby lead single off her new album “Paradise”, at Giorgio’s.  “I want to inspire people, because people get stuck in a rut.” she says of the music. “Oh, I’m not going out, Oh, the good ole’ days..” And it’s so frustrating. It’s like make new memories! Even if you had a great time ten, twenty, thirty years ago, be fabulous now! You’re alive, Hello!”

The daughter of a Chicago minister, Watley first performed onstage as a child with her godfather, the incredible crooner Jackie Wilson. After relocating to Los Angeles she succeeded in her mission to become a Soul Train regular. In 1977, Don Cornelius the show’s creator and host, selected her to become an original member of the disco super trio-Shalamar, which would record world-class dance-floor anthems like “The Second Time Around” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley left the group after six years, loved to London, and recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Band Aid.

After returning to Los Angeles three years later, she signed with MCA Records and released her 1987 solo album “Jody Watley”, co-writing a handful of tracks. It contains some of her most enduring dance music, including the lead single “Looking For A New Love” (which features the popular pre Terminator 2 kiss-off “Hasta la vista baby!”). “Don’t You Want Me.” and “Some Kind of Lover.” She accepted her 1988 “Best New Artist” Grammy-winning over Breakfast Club, Cutting Crew, Swing Out Sister and Terence Trent D’Arby – in a vintage dress and biker jacket painted with her likeness.

‘When I signed to MCA, I didn’t see anybody like who I wanted to be.” she says. “I wanted to do that badass fashion chick that’s just different. And not everybody likes her. And not everybody liked me. “You don’t smile, you’re a black girl, you’re glamorous and you’ve got this cold as ice stare.” While in London she sought out designers like Azzedine Alaia, Claude Montana, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul-Gaultier. “I bought one of the first cone bra’s, pre-Madonna. It’s on the single sleeve of “Don’t You Want Me”. I also bought the huge one that she ended up wearing, but the understated one was more me”, she says.

With her gorgeous mane, lean frame, stunning brows illegal cheekbones and ballsy attitude Watley was the perfect subject for fashion’s top photographers.”[When I first started] the label didn’t want to fly me to New York for my first layout for Harper’s Bazaar” she laughs. “So I flew myself out to shoot with Scavullo!” Steven Meisel photographed the cover of her 1989 follow-up album Larger Than Life. The video for ‘Real Love’ was directed by David Fincher and featured her ruling the runway in menswear paving the way for future acts like Aaliyah and TLC.

“I never wanted to be like anybody else” says Watley who, in the decades that followed never stopped recording, performing and changing up her style and sound. Now she’s writing a memoir, which she plans to finish this year.  “I can only be who I am. Because to me that’s what street is. Street is real.” – Mark Jacobs

 

My blog about the photo used in the piece: Here

 

Jody Watley In Summer Issue of V Magazine

I was really looking forward to this piece. Originally, I was to be photographed by Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent back in January. Due to scheduling conflicts repeatedly and delays, V settled on photographer Mason Poole. I looked at his portfolio and approved the choice though disappointed about the change. In life, you have to roll with the changes, ups and downs. At times, though when situations seem rocky from the start it could be a sign to not do something. After seeing what was done to my face in the summer issue of V, where the article is about the forthcoming “Paradise” – my shock, disappointment and outrage as well as that of my publicist and others on my team sent us all in a tailspin for a few days. Making matters worse was the dismissive response “Sorry you all feel this way, but all of the editors love it.” Really? I guess so when it’s not their face distorted and looking nothing like themselves. The photographer must also be to blame which is too bad because I walked away feeling really good about the session. I figured they might morph my body into the standard Hollywood size 2, never in my wildest imagine with so many photo sessions and fashion layouts under my belt did I envision this – Jody Watley Cyborg Woman – Someone Else’s Face. Needless to say – this is something that I have to love with because it’s published and nothing can be done. In the scheme of life and the absurdity of it all – I have to laugh about it…counting blessings and not woes. That said, shame on V and Mason Poole for doing this to me.  I get a bit of photoshop and refinement done by experts who know what they are doing. Bad photoshop and misuse of the technology is the worst.  People should really learn their craft, not be allowed to make people look unrecognizable – editors are you listening?! Thank you to writer Mark Jacobs for his interview.

Jody Watley in Summer 2014 V Magazine

Jody Watley in Summer 2014 V Magazine – Who is that woman?

JodyWatley_V_Magazine_Collage_2014   Jody Watley Personal Candids from the V Magazine session – glad we took some snaps of our own!

© 2014 Jody Watley - #selfie

© 2014 Jody Watley – #selfie

Jody Watley V Magazine Candid - © 2014 Jody Watley Photo Taken By: Wallace Butts

Jody Watley V Magazine Candid – © 2014 Jody Watley  By: Wallace Butts

 

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Session, Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Session, Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with photographer Mason Poole V Magazine

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with photographer Mason Poole V Magazine after the session.

Coat: Salvatore Ferragamo Makeup: Billy B.

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day with Naomi Campbell

British legendary model Naomi Campbell and Jody Watley.

British legendary model Naomi Campbell and Jody Watley.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Naomi Campbell born May 22! One of the greatest models print / and runway catwalk (one of the inspirations for my ‘Real Love’ video, runway scene..fashion diva moment). Naomi Campbell also has one one the best ‘runway walks’ of all time. We’re pictured together in NYC for charity event, second time we’d met – she let me know she loves Jody Watley music and style as well! #tbt

 

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. DETAILS.

Jody Watley. DETAILS Magazine, Music Issue July 1992

Jody Watley. DETAILS Magazine, Music Issue July 1992

‘Affairs of The Heart’ era. The artists had to give a quote about ‘underwear’ – in my case a basic white tank top- which remains a staple in my wardrobe.

“If you’re just making a fashion statement without making a difference, that’s a travesty. As artists, we all have to assume responsibility for the messages we send out. I like to make statements in my underwear it has a touch of the rebelliousness that’s always been present in music.”

Cotton tank by Hanes, three for $8 (in 1992!)

 

Jody Watley Monday Musings.

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Everyone’s journey is different. Don’t waste energy comparing your life or journey to another’s. Take what you need for inspiration and discard what is not useful or motivating you as you move forward. That’s what I do. Be confident in your own shoes!

 

Photo: John Tyler Curtis

Jody Watley Wears The Jody.

So I’ve had a song named after me “Jody” by Jermaine Stewart and now as a style inspiration for my friend Christos Garkinos who named a fabulous off the shoulder sweater after me, the “Jody” for his first HSN collection titled “Eureka.” Catch Christos, who some of you may have seen on Bravo TV’s “Dukes of Melrose” last season with his business partner of Decades Inc. Cameron Silver, live on HSN March 20, 2014 at 7 PST.

Take care of YOU – mind, body and spirit no matter how young or old you are.

View  and Shop “Eureka” : Here

Jody Watley in "Jody" top Eureka by Christos Garkinos - Photography: John Tyler Curtis

Jody Watley in cream “Jody” top Eureka by Christos Garkinos – Photography: John Tyler Curtis