Azealia Banks Channels Grace Jones On ‘1991’ Cover

Azealia Banks’s “1991” cover art.
Photo: Courtesy of @Azealia Banks’s Instagram

While we’re still waiting on concrete release details for that full Azealia Banks LP, it looks like the pieces for her forthcoming EP are finally coming together. Baby steps, y’all! Banks tweeted that four-track 1991 will be out for digital release on May 29 and physical release June 12. Ever the social media overshare, she also instagrammed her EPIC 1991 cover art. The muse/darling of many a fashion heavyweight (*cough* Karl, Nicola, AND Wang *SIGH*), our expectations for her press materials were and are preeeeetty high, and justifiably so. From here on out, we won’t ever underestimate Azealia Banks because girl just exceeded and flat out shattered those lofty expectations with this Grace Jones-channelling portrait of fashion and feminine strength.

Grace Jones’s strong signature style in 1989 and 1979.
Photo: Getty Images

While Grace would more likely be spotted in a high-cut leotard than a full leather skirt, the influence of the legendary singer/model/actress in Azealia’s styling from the waist up are clear. The bare-bodice paired with leather elbow-length gloves juxtaposes feminine sexuality and vulnerability with whip-wielding brawn and is an undeniable nod to Jones. The wide brim Stetson winks back at Grace’s affinity for bold millinery, and the industrial gold cuff is another marrying of style and strength. Banks keeps her “mermaid hair” (we’d expect nothing less of the Yung Rapunxel), but keeps the beauty severity up with a dramatic vampy lip. In short, we’re totally obsessed with this photo, and cannot (CANNOTTTTT) wait for the liner notes, the LP, the LP liner notes, and a bajillion more magazine spreads to follow suit!

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