Music Icon, trendsetter Grammy winner Jody Watley on Access Hollywood – Watch it Now!
Released March 27, 1989
Platinum second SOLO Album
Happy Music Anniversary
“Larger Than Life”
Billboard Multi-Chart Top 10 Hits
Gold single “Real Love” with it fashion forward video with Oscar winning director David Fincher which remains one of MTV’s Most Nominated Music Videos further establishing Jody Watley as a music and style Icon Trailblazer.
The groundbreaking “Friends” ft. Legendary® Eric B. & Rakim (the first R&B/HipHop/Pop/Dance collaboration to crossover Top 10 on multiple charts) and the poignant ballad “Everything”
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Rest In Peace Dame Vivienne Westwood. I’ve been a fan of her designs and worn them since early 80’s while living in London and throughout my solo career professional and personal style life to this day.
Rest In Paradise Dame Vivienne Westwood one of my favorite designers of all time.
Trailblazer. Godmother of punk, a revolutionary designer, conquered high fashion, built a global empire and a formidable activist throughout.
Thank you for your brilliance, creativity, badassery and tenacity throughout the decades.
September 24, 2022 – Jody Watley Phoenix (Tempe Park, Bobby Dee Presents :: Freestyle Festival ) 100 degrees and thousands of party people. We had a blast and I met some wonderful longtime fans.
Thank you to the team Kayla, Jasmine & Pamela Broussard (making sure everything went smoothly) and all fans who support by buying the tickets, the merch, being in the heat like yesterday, singing along bringing the energies of love and having a great time, gracias!
Custom Skirt by Dope Tavio.
On my way to venue – stage ready, took time with fans first- all love and reciprocal appreciation.
Video to come on the Official Jody Watley Youtube Channel. Subscribe!
“My style has always complimented my music.”
You can still rock this timeless look-can’t go wrong with a nice tailored suit or jacket.”
Archive Image 1989
Photographer: Victoria Pearson
Makeup: Paul Starr
Hair: Ernie Banales
Custom Suit Design: Jody Watley
Real Love Video Style
Photos from Act 1 of the concert – more wardrobe changes followed from a high energy and visually cutting edge (of the time) show! Within a month or so, I was able to bring this concert to another sold-out experience at Universal Amphitheater – some of that footage is captured in my “Everything” video. It was a who’s who of celebrities, artists, and a diverse audience white, latino, asian, black and beyond in the house that night.
Pre-cell phones and social media – you had to be there.
“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…”
8 dollar Hanes t-shirt — more importantly the attitude and sentiment are priceless and contribute to longevity.
Jody Watley, Harper’s Bazaar 10 Most Beautiful Issue (Women from 21 to 48 Talk About Their Looks and Lives), September 1989
I was in great company as the ‘The Top 10’ list also featured Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster on the cover, other inclusions were Faye Dunaway, Whitney Houston, Susan Sarandon, Kelly LeBrock, Julia Roberts, Melanie Griffith, and Anjelica Houston.
Clothing – Rifat Ozbek
Photography Matthew Rolston
For me – though having a strong visual presentation and identity as an artist is important – your looks never define who you are as a person nor have anything to do with substance, character, talent, tenacity and perseverance. One must have something going on beyond what’s on the outside. Over the decades I’ve found in some ways with women physical appearance when others consider you ‘beautiful’ can work against you too, you almost have to work double to be taken seriously not to mention those that may resent what they see and some to their own personal biases, misperceptions and so on – it’s a double edged sword. That said, looking back it’s special to have broken through some of the barriers that often exist for black women and artists in the lexicon of beauty and fashion opening the door a bit wider for others that have followed. This was my second of 3 features in Harper’s Bazaar.
No matter what – don’t forget to be awesome not matter what you look like!