Vampire Weekend’s ‘Contra’ Cover Model Case Finally Settled


Remember Ann Kirsten Kennis, the former model who sued Vampire Weekend for $2 million for using her photo on the cover of last year’s Contra? Well, over a year later, Photo District News reports that the preppy-on-preppy litigation was settled after the band and XL Records agreed to pay Kennis an undisclosed sum, and the case was dismissed by court order last week. VW and XL maintain that the true fault lies photographer Tod Brody, who apparently did not take the picture but licensed the Polaroid of Kennis to Vampire Weekend for $5,000 and allegedly provided a forged model release. The band and their label are still pursuing a countersuit against Brody, who has been representing himself since June, when his lawyer quit over “lack of cooperation and failure to pay his bills.” Sounds like a character! [via Coudal Partners]