Gin Wigmore's sexy new look a tonic

BY STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2010
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'How cool is it that I, being a girl, can be tormenting the man.' Gin Wigmore talking about lyrics to Hey Ho.

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Holy Smoke. Kiwi songbird Gin Wigmore has truly gone international and, as our pictures show, she's looking smoking-hot.

The images are taken from Wigmore's Mexican-inspired video for her new song Hey Ho, set to premiere on New Zealand screens soon.

The video was still being completed late last week, but Sunday News managed to get a sneak peak at Wigmore's hot new look.

She is dressed in rock and roll chick-style black leather and lace. And the image is a far cry from when she wore an unflattering hoodie and walked the streets of south Auckland in the video for Smashproof's No1 hit, Brother.

The video clip for Hey Ho is truly international. It is shot in Los Angeles, directed by New York-based Moh Azima and inspired by the work of world-renowned fashion and celebrity photographer Ruven Afanador.

And so are the song's origins; it was co-written in Minneapolis by Wigmore and Semisonic's Dan Wilson, who also wrote the Dixie Chicks' Grammy Award-winning song Not Ready To Make Nice. Wigmore said of the song: "Hey Ho came when we were sitting there one afternoon and he [Wilson] was banging away on the piano and we were like, `We need something dark, some kind of Mexican, Day of the Dead mariachi ... some weird cool s**t'. So we were just like, `hey ho.'

"Lyric wise, I thought how cool is it that I, being a girl, can be tormenting the man.

"I just really like that. I guess that's the feminist in me a little bit: `I'm taking control here, baby.' It's definitely one of my favourites."

Wigmore, who has just finished a tour of New Zealand, will jet off to the US next month to promote Holy Smoke, to be released by Motown/Universal Music.

She will perform at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Texas and will also appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

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