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 with Jackie Collins.

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Jody Watley and  legendary author Jackie Collins in 1998, on the heels of Collins releasing the novel “Thrill” and debuting her talk show Jackie Collins Hollywood. I was in fact thrilled to meet Ms. Collins as I’m a huge fan of her books. I will never be a red head again!

© 2014 Jody Watley pictured with Jackie Collins in 1998.

© 2014 Jody Watley pictured with Jackie Collins in 1998.

Jody Watley. Classic Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Feature.

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I believe I’m still a rebel in many ways — always on my own path no matter what. You can’t break new ground if you stay in the box. It’s common for artists to do fashion layouts now — in the early days of my solo career, it was not. I pushed to be in these magazine because my Mom always had fashion magazines in the house. I remember seeing Beverly Johnson, Iman and later Naomi Campbell. I wanted to do that – there was no black artist at the time who was being featured like this. I’m proud to have quietly made it acceptable and coveted. This was my second feature of 3.

Jody Watley. Harper's Bazaar November 1991. Photographed by Andrea Blanch

Jody Watley. Harper’s Bazaar November 1991. Photographed by Andrea Blanch

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Harper’s Bazaar, November 1991. Interview:

Love Interest ” A lot of people think love songs don’t count,” says Jody Watley. “There’s a feeling that of you’re not singing about the homeless or the environment, you’re not singing about anything that matters.: But, the stunning dance diva explains, “The environment at home is what we bring into the world and we need to look at that before we can solve our other problems.” On her new album “Affairs of the Heart”, Watley is trying to weave her social concerns into the kind of infectious love songs that have filled two platinum albums and won her a 1987 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Watley wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on ‘Heart’ and also tried her hand at executive producing for the first time. “Win or lose, this one is my baby. Since her early days in the 80’s trio Shalamar, Watley’s reputation has rested on a rebellious fashion sense and a taste for up-tempo,, sexy grooves, but this album marks a shift in emphasis to more sophisticated ballads. She claims the change was inspired by the charming ultranontraditional version of Cole Porter’s “After You, Who?” she contributed to last years Red, Hot and Blue AIDS charity project. “I think I hadn’t challenged myself enough before that”, she says. “Now I’m trying to grow up as an artist.”

This more refined sound is also reflected in a more glamorous look. Just as she sees her love songs as an opportunity to for social commentary, Watley considers style a reflection of something more lasting that the latest fashion. “I passed a high school the other day,” she recalls, “and the kids outside looked terrible, like they had no pride in themselves. I think it would be great if they had someone they looked up to who had a classic quality, because they’re the next generation, and if their minds are anything like the way they’re dressed, we’re in trouble.” With “Affairs of the Heart”. Jody Watley may become our first role model. – Alan Light

 

 

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 Gets Ryan Seacrest Shout-Out on American Idol

 

Dinner at Fig and Olive with one of my best friends - Christos Garkinos. © 2014 Jody Watley

Dinner at Fig and Olive with one of my best friends – Christos Garkinos. © 2014 Jody Watley

My twitter timeline went all abuzz just before I was heading out to dinner with one of my best friends Christos Garkinos last night. He’d dealt with the loss of another of his longtime closest friends for 30 years – a difficult time is an understatement. Cathy had sadly lost her hard fought battle with cancer.

There’s nothing like good fine, a quality rose’, laughter and honest talk to keep life grounded.

The first thing I read before heading out was that Jennifer Lopez acted as if she didn’t know who “Jody Watley” was after Ryan Seacrest gave ’80’s Icon Jody Watley’ some love. My first reaction of course was: The nerve. The shade. The disrespect. Girl please. This was the consensus in my timeline. After all, homage was paid to me in a shout-out in one of Jennifer Lopez songs my fans had made me aware of sometime ago “Hold You Down” with Fat Joe..a formula that Eric B and Rakim and I had successfully blueprinted as a major crossover multi-format single in 1989, I’d add. How can anyone be a judge on these shows and not know a cross section of music and origins – typical I’d say as well when it comes to black artists.  I did reply with a short tweet – with a link here to the site which is full of info for those who need to ‘learn it’  – decades of it!

Anyway, after a great time at dinner, always putting and keeping life in perspective, Christos and I had a wonderful time. It was nice to see him smile and eat – he hadn’t eaten much in the past week. By the time I came home, another best friend (my longest, nearest and dearest Wallace Butts)  watched the show said it wasn’t that bad and he’d retracted his post on the Idol Facebook page. He conveyed it was in the context of hoop earrings — the judges were confused. Seacrest sang a bit of of one of my numerous hits, (not including those with Shalamar) “Don’t You Want Me..” to blank stares from the judges panel. Whatever. I always look to the bright side of things and know who I am, what I’ve done and continue to do – even when others don’t. The bright side is Ryan Seacrest did say my name on his show – and it got people talking, although I’ve never been one to court controversy and sensationalism. Often that is the name of the game. I was glad I didn’t go on a full blown Twitter rant. This is a lesson to everyone.  Always take a step back and never react until the facts are in when it comes to negativity in particular – and then still count to 10!

Enjoy Life. A few favorite quotes come to mind-Keep what is useful, and discard what is not. No one can ever make you feel inferior without your permission. Define yourself for yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is short – live to the fullest, appreciate yourself, your family and friends.

 

 

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