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Read This: Vampire Weekend’s Mutinous Muse by Barbecue Bros
August 26, 2010, 9:46 am
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An interesting web-exclusive from Vanity Fair about the $2 million dollar misappropriation-of-image lawsuit against Vampire Weekend, photographer Tod Brody and VW‘s label XL Recordings from Ann Kirsten Kennis, the cover model (now 52 years old).

Ever since she was 23, people have been using Ann Kirsten Kennis’s image to sell their products. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, she appeared in magazine advertisements, catalogue pages, and television commercials for a long list of recognizable brands, among them L’Oréal, Revlon, Fabergé, Parliament, Cuervo, Jordache, and Vaseline. She did looker ads and lingerie ads and bathing-suit ads too. Her picture was even on the cover of a romantic novel.

She liked seeing her face in public. For a model, those images meant money in the bank.

But last winter, when Kennis learned that an old Polaroid picture of herself was being used to promote the No. 1 album in the country, she was anything but pleased, she says. Kennis had never heard of the band, Vampire Weekend, and had no idea how her image had made its way onto the cover of the group’s new album, Contra. Nor had she heard of Tod Brody, the photographer who claims to have taken the photo.

Be sure to also check out the online slideshow of Kennis’ modeling portfolio, which is ridiculously 80’s.

Link (via Pitchfork)


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