Vampire Weekend Contra-versy

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You know this album cover, don’t you? Of course you do. It’s Vampire Weekend‘s Contra. Like it says.

You might also be aware that the lovely lady with the haunting gaze and the WASP features and the Ralph Lauren popped collar shirt that I so covet isn’t happy about her image being appropriated and plastered all over the world without her permission. It’s taken her a bit, but former model Ann Kirsten Kennis has filed a 2 million dollar lawsuit against Vampire Weekend, their label and the guy who claims to have taken the Polaroid, Tod Brody. Now 52, she says she doesn’t remember the picture being taken back in 1983, whereas Brody says it was definitely taken during a model casting call. You can read the full article over at Vanity Fair. Point being, Kennis has a kick ass modeling portfolio from the 80′s and early 90′s. It harkens back to a time when everyone (in ads) looked like they were in American Psycho. This is my favorite one:

Ugh, I wish I lived in this New York. Where we went to Dorsia and slummed it at clubs in SoHo and Sigourney Weaver stole my business plan and then Christian Bale would kill me with an ax to the strains of Huey Lewis and the News. Maybe not that last part. Anyway, you can check out Kennis’ other photos here.