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Vampire Weekend -- Cover Model Has Image Issues

7/15/2010 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vampire Weekend is being sued for more than $2 million by the hot chick pictured on the cover of their newest album -- because she says an impostor put her John Hancock on the consent form.

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The model is Kirsten Kennis -- who claims she took the original photo way back in 1983 -- and had no idea it was being featured on the album "Contra" ... until after the band began to promote it back in November.

In a lawsuit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Kennis claims she thinks it all has to do with a "photographic release" that the band obtained from a photographer named Tod Brody.

Problem is, Kennis claims the signature on the release is a forgery. Kennis blames the band for not verifying the legitimacy of the release -- and is suing VW and the photog for more than $2 mil.

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