Skip to content

Sky Ferreira’s Playboy Covers Are Our First Taste of Masochism

Sky Ferreira appears on a pair of covers for Playboy‘s October “Renegades” issue, which hits newsstands this coming Tuesday, September 27. A new online preview features photography by Sandy Kim and selections from Ferreira’s interview with actor Bruce Dern. In excerpts already posted, Ferreira talks about getting her start in acting and music, her drive, and the self-assured attitude that fuels her creative process. (“I’m so tired of apologizing for stuff I shouldn’t be apologizing for. Don’t bullshit me. Don’t pacify me. Why do I always feel like I have to earn respect from people?”)

“I am the first bunny ever to be a creative collaborator & creative/art direct,” Ferreira wrote on Instagram yesterday to announce the cover story, which serves as the “visual introduction” to her forthcoming sophomore album, MasochismFerreira had said she planned to release the record this past summer, but a late-2016 date now seems more likely. Her full-length debut, Night Time, My Time, was released in October 2013.

Ferreira’s Playboy photos span a range of inspirations, from a ’60s-style satin bunny costume to an ’80s-style shoot with a Ferrari (we see what you did there, Sky). The first of the paired covers was created with a VHS camcorder and soundtracked by Madonna, she noted:

The second cover was inspired by David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and is dedicated to Suicide’s Alan Vega. (Ferreira is also set to appear in the upcoming reboot of Lynch’s TV show Twin Peaks, which will air next year.)

Ferreira joins an A-list of singers who’ve posed for Playboy over the years, including Madonna, Dolly Parton, Ginger Spice, Mariah Carey, and LaToya Jackson. The magazine announced last year that it would stop featuring nudity beginning in March 2016.

Playboy‘s online preview also included a short film, also directed by Ferreira. Watch it below, and check out the rest of Ferreira’s Playboy shoot here.