Cage The Elephant Talk 'Tell Me I'm Pretty' Album Cover Girl

(Radio.com) When Cage The Elephant wrote their new album, Tell Me I'm Pretty, singer Matt Shultz made the very conscious decision to make a collection of songs as real and transparent as possible. He would dig deep, unearthing stories and difficult memories from his childhood in an effort to keep the recordings grounded and honest.

That theme is no more true than on the album's cover art itself. For this, the band's team went on a hunt for just the right person to personify all the emotions the title conjures up.

"Her name is Rachel," recalls Shultz of meeting the model. "When I looked at her, she was immediately beautiful to the eye but also there was some sense that she'd lived some real life in a way that I could relate to. She was this girl who was very beautiful but she had this kind of 'touched' look to her. It was like an interesting thing. I felt really bad about it because during the photo shoot I was there and I was very cold and non-responsive because I didn't want her to try to give us something that she thought we wanted or--I wanted to capture something that was real and I knew that was going to happen between shots or when she started breaking down because she wasn't being directed. She seemed to be a very wonderful person--and I felt bad to do that to her but I wanted to capture something that was real." Read more here.

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