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KARI-ANN MULLER IN...
Roxy Music: Roxy Music (1972)
"Bryan Ferry saw me doing a fashion show and decided he wanted to use me," recalls Kari-Ann Muller, who's '50s glamour-puss visage was the pink'n'blue icing on the cake of Roxy Music's richly textured debut album. The model knew both Anthony Price, Roxy's designer, and Karl Stoecker, who took the photograph, "so I said I'd do it because I thought it would be fun - and for a meagre £20, as Roxy were unknown at the time. It's ironic that it would be voted the best record cover of the decade."
Kari-Ann and Anthony Price collaborated on the image: "He did the hair and dress and left the rest to me," she says. "I just got out there and did what I felt. How would I describe it? It's very glamourous, very sexy, very... ice-creamy in a way. The colours remind me of a marshmallow, like something delicious. Fleshy, in a word." Someone to be eaten? "No!" she cries. "I felt like I could eat somebody up myself. I felt strong enough to take anyone on."
Sadly, the assignment didn't have the desired impact on her career. Kari-Ann landed bit parts in the Joan Collins trash-flick The Bitch and George Lazenby's only James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and in 1974, after the birth of her second child, embarked on "a gypsy life in the country". On moving back to London, keen to act again, she joined The Black Theatre of Brixton, where she met Chris Jagger (brother of Mick), now her second husband. She had two more boys and forged a new life as a kindergarten teacher and yoga instructor. She joined the Deja Vu model agency "for the glamourous over-forties, but unfortunately it didn't catch on".
Despite feeling short-changed, Kari-Ann admits the memory makes her smile. "It was great watching Roxy Music being turned from boys-next-door into superstars," she says. "And the picture always seems to be flashing up on TV for some reason."