Our particular friend S has asked if we have any Chic magazine girl/girl pictorials to go alongside the girl/boy ones we have previously posted: The Servant, California Steaming and Double Exposure. There was a sort of girl/girl set in Chic's first issue, in November 1976, but it was one of those joke ones, popular at the time, featuring a boxing match and featuring the hideous Grace Jones, so we are not going to bother with it!
The first girl/girl set proper appeared in the April 1977 issue and was called Steamed Clams. This was also the first couples pictorial featured on the cover of the magazine. The cover includes the only shot of the two (unnamed) models in their swimsuits in the shoot.
There was no photo credit included but it very much has a James Baes look about it. Some artiness is apparent in that while the girls dispense with their swimsuits they retain their swimming hats and, more surprisingly, their goggles throughout.
There are two ways of handling a girl/girl shoot. The first is just to pose two girls together, something that the UK magazines did in the seventies and eighties rather than having them interacting. Penthouse in the UK got increasingly worried about the increasing explicitness of the US lesbian shoots and first started to cut out some of the more graphic pictures and then stopped showing the girl/girl pictorials altogether.
The second method is to have the girls interacting with each other in a purported sexual way, something that Penthouse favoured increasingly at this time. On the whole this shoot is more like the first although this shot has some interaction between the girls.
One thing Chic featured right from the start were genital closeups of their models and they offered up (or rather the girls did) this full page effort of their steaming clams. The girl underneath certainly has a hairy clam!
There are just six pictures in the pictorial (plus the cover) and this one presents a very assertive anal shot at a time when they were only just appearing in men's magazines. This pictorial is a little different from the usual run of girl/girl shoots at the time, has a certain style about it and contains several striking images. The goggles and swimming hats anonymise the girls and turn them into shiny, sculpted objects.