Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has been asked to pose for Playboy magazine – but don’t expect any “titties, dicks, or fannies”.

Speaking exclusively, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer said that the magazine had approached her for a cover.

“I was approached but I said no. Who knows though?” she said. “Maybe I’ll do it in the future, but now doesn’t seem to be the right time. It all depends on instinct really – but there won’t be any titties, dicks or fannies!”

Rumours began to ciculate when Karen O was interviewed by an American newspaper about the ups and downs of being a sex symbol.

“I guess it’s fun, but I’m so detached from it”, she told the New York Times. “I see footage from our show, I’m shocked by what I’m doing. But Playboy asked me about being on the cover. That’s pretty insane. I may do it in the future”.

YYYs at Marilyn Manson‘s gigs at London’s Brixton Academy last week, where the God of Fk confessed his love of the band.

“I saw them in New York last week. I enjoyed it a lot”, he said. “I like them – they’re cool”.

The YYYs’ stay in the UK included a recording for Later… With Jools Holland, a Top Of The Pops appearance and a gig at the London Forum. The group were also strongly rumoured to be playing a ‘secret’ Forum warm-up show at the London Camden Barfly.

Playboy approaches Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer for cover shoot – but she says “no thanks!”.

Karen Lee Orzolek (born November 22, 1978), better known by her stage name Karen O, is a South Korean-born American singer and musician. She is the lead vocalist for American rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She was born in Busan, South Korea, the daughter of a Korean mother and a Polish father.

© NME 14 June 2003

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