In the February issue of guitarist magazine Guitar World, you will find St. Vincent gracing the cover clad in a novelty bikini shirt in a bold “absurdist comment” on the magazine’s habit of only putting bikini models on its cover.
“I did a quick Google search of women on the cover, and all I really saw was girls in bikinis holding guitars like they’ve never held a guitar before.”
In the Guitar World feature St. Vincent – aka Annie Clark – talks about her choice of attire:
“I did a quick Google search of women on the cover, and all I really saw was girls in bikinis holding guitars like they’ve never held a guitar before,” she said. “I started thinking about that and just wanted to make my own absurdist comment on it. I couldn’t really let it slide without poking a bit of fun and taking the piss a little!”
In the feature, Guitar World also give a little context to the situation:
“Now, a little background may be in order: For years Guitar World published a one-off magazine, a buyer’s guide that featured—you guessed it—models posing with musical equipment. That mag may no longer be in production, but the internet remembers all and provided Clark with some ripe source material for her cover concept.”
What the magazine is talking about, as Mashable points out, is a move by Guitar World’s parent company, NewBay Media LLC, to cease putting models on their covers, calling the practice “outdated” and a “misrepresentation of women guitar players”.
The last woman to feature on the cover of Guitar World was a bikini-less Joan Jett back in May 2015.
Check out the St. Vincent interview, where she talks about the cover and her forthcoming record here.