Kirsten, the Polo-sporting mystery blonde who stars on the cover of chart topper Contra (and the cryptic banner ads that preceded it) has been revealed. Her surname is Kennis, and the photo was taken in 1983. Also, she’s not a Vampire Weekend fan. Via TMZ:
The model is Kirsten Kennis — who claims she took the original photo way back in 1983 — and had no idea it was being featured on the album “Contra” … until after the band began to promote it back in November. In a lawsuit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Kennis claims she thinks it all has to do with a “photographic release” that the band obtained from a photographer named Tod Brody. Problem is, Kennis claims the signature on the release is a forgery. Kennis blames the band for not verifying the legitimacy of the release — and is suing VW and the photog for more than $2 mil.
Thanks P4K for the heads up. We’ll letcha know if we get sued for including the photo with this post.