Cover Girl: Kari Ann Muller - Fri 1st Feb
Cover Girl: Kari Ann Muller
04 January 1991
"Bryan saw me doing a fashion show and decided he wanted to use me," recalls KariAnn Muller, the glamourpuss starlette of Roxy
Music's debut album cover. She knew Anthony Price, Roxy's designer, and Karl Stoecker, who was taking the photo, "and I thought it would be fun. I got a meagre £20, as Roxy were unknown at the time, and had no money. Ironic, isn't it, that it would be voted the best record cover of the decade? It always seems to be flashing up on TV for some reason. But it was great watching them being turned from boys next door into superstars."
She loved the album, "especially lyrics like "I would put roses round your door", that kind of stuff, it was so beautiful. I really liked them a lot."
Muller admits the assignment had no drastic effect on her career. She landed parts in the Joan Collins trashflick The Bitch and George Lazenby's only Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, before giving birth to two boys. She later worked at the Black Theatre Of Brixton where she met Chris "Brother Of Mick" Jagger, now her second husband. She carried on fashion modelling, had two more boys and juggled full-time motherhood with kindergarden teaching and studying yoga.
As for modelling, "I was with the Deja' Vu agency for the glamorous over-forties, but unfortunately that kind of work hasn't caught on." She admits she hasn't looked at the Roxy sleeve for a while, but the memory makes her smile.
The image itself, she explains, was created by herself and Price: "He did the hair and dress and I just got out there and did what I felt. How would I describe it? It was very glamorous, very sexy, or at least I felt that way. "It was very ... ice-creamy, in a way. The colours remind me of a marshmallow, like something really delicious. Fleshy, in a word" Someone to be eaten? "No! I felt like I could eat somebody up myself. I felt strong enough to take someone on."
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