Victor Skrebneski – Jody Watley Remembers Legendary Photographer.

Rest in peace to legendary photographer Victor Skrebneski who passed away at the age of 90 years. He leaves behind an indelible archive of iconic images from launching the career of supermodel Cindy Crawford, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Iman, Bette Davis, Orson Welles Andy Warhol among so many others.

A few of my favorites with Ms. Ross –

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Diana Ross Skrebneski

 

I had to honor to work with him for an unprecedented 16 pages for the 1995 Saks Fifth Avenue Fall Catalog. Here are a few of the images, thank you Mr. Skrebneski – Rest Well.

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Jody by Victor Skrebneski

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The Medium: Hot Girls Everywhere Should Bow Down and Pay Homage to Jody Watley

This tribute post is everything. To rarely be acknowledged for my influence is something I’ve gotten used to and never expect it at this point so this is very special to me.

Read it now : The Medium

Jody Watley Special Guest At Mickalene Thomas Better Nights At Miami Bass Museum

Performed at private event by invitation only – The Bass Museum:: ‘Better Nights’ Mickalene Thomas’ immersive art experience. The exhibition is an installation, performance space and bar that functions as an experience, a moment, a time, and a place. Including a series of five geometric-patterned mirror works and two collages by the artist, the exhibition features a selection of painting, photography and video by other emerging and prominent artists curated by Thomas.

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Description of Event and Artist.

 

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Jody Watley – Exterior Bass Museum. Art Basel 2019.  Mickalene Thomas Better Nights Exhibition.

Back in 2013 -Art Basel Switzerland: Better Nights was with Solange Knowles – so this definitely going to be a high quality and unique experience and super cool to be asked. I’m often told how much there are elements her her look and out of the box approach reminds some music fans of me.

It was really difficult to capture the exhibition and do it justice on a phone and so I recommend looking at the professional images.

As always, I’m giving just a glimpse into some of the behind the scenes.

Jody Watley and Mickalene Thomas Better Nights 2019

Meeting Mickalene Thomas at soundcheck and have a chance to talk about her process in creating the installation – which took a year and a half start to finish.

With my rhythm section band chilling in green room, impromptu rehearsal of the special arrangement we were doing of ‘Still A Thrill.’

Jody Watley and SRL and banc Better Nights

With with fellas: SRL (Nate Allen Smith, John Gregory) Kerry Griffin, Naz Chambi, Wallace Butts Keith Eaddy Roland Hamilton.

Jody Watley and Mickalene Thomas Green Room Better Nights Miami 2019

Jody Watley. Mickalene Thomas.

Jody Watley - Performance Art Basel 2019

Showtime. Wattage!

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Trendsetting Style.

Jody Watley 80s Style Magazine feature

I’ve had many styles and looks over the years..no doubt my solo debut looks from the late 80’s are what many emulated back then and continue to with variations of it present day. My thing was black girls, Latin girls and other ethnicities could be edgy, funky and different too. Before it was a thing, vintage or thrift store pieces have always played a role in my personal style and pairing high end pieces with those others may consider as bargain bin. Sunglasses have also always been a staple in my wardrobe, not to mention the signature jumbo hoop earrings. In my in progress memoirs, I cover the politics of being a black girl who didn’t fit the box for the many in R&B, radio (why is she dressed like that?) and media and with some fans. It’s an interesting subject to reflect upon and to have pushed past and in my own way, broken through some of those obstacles.

Fast forward to 2019 and moving into the new decade it’s a good idea to continue to repurpose clothes, mend, buy second hand – it’s good for the environment and your wallet. Always donate, consign, mix it up and be you.

 

Wattage!

New Jody Watley Art Added to Gallery.

Not only fabulous Jody Watley Art by Cat Soper : CatDezign from Australia but a very inspirational and motivational reason for doing it. Set a goal and smash it!

“DAY 251 – JODY- An IMAGINARIUM In 351 Days .. going to draw, paint, create everyday! This month I’m creating portraits of the people who have inspired me in many ways.

All photos referenced are from the internet with grateful thanks to the photographers.. – Jody Watley – her music and love of dance and fashion always inspired me. Her love dance and fitness got me moving everyday. If I had the chance to dance to work everyday I would maybe I should!”

Jody Watley Classic Images of The Day. Harper’s Bazaar Times Square 1991.

Jody Watley on location Times Square 1991 promoting “Affairs of The Heart.”

Tonight I’ll be in Times Square Sony Hall sharing the ongoing gift of music – Heart, Soul and Style.

See you there!

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Rolling Stone Magazine 1987 Style Feature.

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When such things were based on achievement and not social media numbers. This was my second feature in Rolling Stone, this time more of a concept fashion and style feature being paired with an unlikely subject. The photo session took place in the Florida Everglades..I was so nervous, needless to say there were alligators in the water popping in and out, but it was all about the shot and being fierce. The crew did consist of a safety team and wranglers if needed. It didn’t take long to get the right take!

“If Jody Watley is looking for a new love, Roland Martin can certainly help her with the bait. She’s Jackie Wilson’s godchild, the ex-Shalamar chanteuse who’s already angling for her second Top 10 single as a solo artist. He’s the Jack Nicklaus of bass fishing, nine time Angler of the Year and sixteen-time winner of the Boss Angler Sports Tournament, and he’s rolling in the dough. He’s also the host of his own TV show, appropriately titled Fishing with Roland Martin.

Rolling Stone Issue 510 October 8, 1987, Fall Fashion “The Sporting Life.” Cover: Bono

Jody Watley Coat & Black Cashmere Dress: Stephen Sprouse Purple Pumps Arlene Laz Marca

New In The Jody Watley Art Gallery – August 2019

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Jody Watley by Shawn West. Multi-Media. Gallery

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Week

#TBT Japanese Fashion Magazine Launch Cover.

Breaking barriers as first black woman on Japanese fashion magazine, there were billboards across Japan and I also filmed a television commercial that aired through the country – such an honor. Photography: Philip Dixon. Makeup: Paul Starr. Wardrobe: Martin Sitbon

Jody Watley – Wattage.

New In Store. Jody Watley 30 Lime Limited Edition Tee

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Limited Quantity – Add to your Jody Watley Collection and be fresh for the summer in lime! Other items new in-store an environmentally friendly Jody Watley tote, SRL (Soul Revolution Love Tee) and some vintage  disco logo Shalamar trademark items and coming soon the ‘Sanctuary’ candle returns as a travel tin and home room spray.

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