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Sister Sin’s Liv Jagrell to Appear in Penthouse

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Time to reopen the ol’ “Is it okay for metal musicians to use sex to sell their band?” debate: Sister Sin vocalist Liv Jagrell will appear in an upcoming issue of spank mag Penthouse… but not in the nude. Here’s a sample shot, which, truth be told, is not much racier than anything you’d see in Revolver‘s annual “Hottest Chicks in Metal” issue.

Photo by Jen Hell
Photo by Jen Hell

Even if she’s not going to be naked, it’s easy to see people having an issue with her posing for the photos at all — especially after they read Jagrell’s explanation of how the photos came to be. She tells Decibel:

“Our label, Victory Records, has a very good relationship with Penthouse—they do a lot of interviews with Victory’s bands in the music section. So, they asked Victory which artists are releasing an album soon. Victory told them about Sister Sin and that the singer is female. That’s how Victory got interested. I think Penthouse would’ve done just an interview like they did with the other bands, but they asked me to do some pictures that would be just for Penthouse instead of using older band pictures. But from the beginning, I said it would have to be classy. And the interview is about Sister Sin, not me personally. So, it’s classy pictures that I could put up anywhere.”

We could debate about whether or not these pics are “classy” (I think Jagrell and I have a different definition of “class”), whether or not someone “could put [them] up anywhere” (I think anyone who works in an office might argue otherwise), and whether or not the content of the interview is even relevant when the photos look like that.

But I suspect it’s a different part of the quote that will be controversial: the part where she says, “I think Penthouse would’ve done just an interview like they did with the other bands, but they asked me to do some pictures that would be just for Penthouse instead of using older band pictures.” Sooo… would that conversation ever have happened if Jagrell had been a man? And even if Penthouse had asked for new photos, would they have ever asked a man to pose in a skimpy outfit like that? I just can’t seem them telling Victory, “Sure, we’ll Emmure, but can we get some new pics of Frankie in his underwear?”frankie penthouseProbably not, right?

Read the entire Decibel interview here, then debate the merits — or lack thereof — of Jagrell’s decision in the comments section below.

And, here, lemme beat you all to the most obvious joke: yes, we can now refer to her as Liv Jagoff. Whoo-hoo!

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