Clothing company Weatherproof just scored quite the plum spokesmodel: Who better to vouch for their spiffy, sporty jackets than President Obama looking handsome and rugged at The Great Wall of China? In fact, he charges much less than Linda Evangelista (actually, he costs zero dollars), and they’re so dang proud they just went ahead and plastered the ad right up in the middle of Times Square, one of the crossroads of the world. Why exactly is this such an extraordinary, awe-inspiring feat? Because Obama had absolutely no say in the move, and therefore Weatherproof clearly has some pretty huge cajones.
So how did this happen exactly? Keep reading »
Ooooh … looks like somebody’s in trou-ble! Although, to be honest, it seems like PETA was asking for it when they decided to go ahead about put celeb faces on their latest ad with no one’s consent. The poster, which features the slogan “Fur-Free and Fabulous!,” photoshops together a handful of stylish stars who have spoken out against fur in the past—Oprah, Carrie Underwood, Tyra Banks, and the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
It’s unclear how the other ladies in the ad feel about this, but the White House is very upset about the surprise endorsement. PETA’s rationalization? “The fact is that Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn’t wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA’s eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous.”
A good cause? Perhaps. But we’re not too sure we’d want our faces associated with an ad whose copy sounds like a ladymag coverline, either. Besides, some of us around here like harem pants, but the last thing we want is to inadvertently end up their spokesmodel. [NBC Chicago] Keep reading »
I had to laugh when I read about a recent ad for Johnson & Johnson’s Clean and Clear Spot Control Kit getting pulled from British television recently. When consumers complained that their skin didn’t look the actress’s in the commercial, Johnson & Johnson admitted that, get this, the actress was wearing makeup in the “after” photo!! I know
, shocking, right? The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority pulled the ad and released this statement:
“We considered that, in order to make the before and after comparison fair, both shots should have been taken under the same conditions (both without makeup) to ensure that any visible improvement was an accurate representation of what could be achieved with the product.”
What I’m wondering is: do these people (the consumers and the ADA) seriously believe skin care companies don’t normally use makeup on models to give the illusion of clearer skin (or, in the case of “before” pictures, bad skin)?! I think that’s the real crime here. [via Huffington Post and The Guardian] Keep reading »
Oh, pervy cigar ad, how fortunate we are that you are old, so we can laugh at you.
Red Lipstick And Leopard Print Lady doesn’t exactly look like she “needs” to be clubbed over the head and dragged to bed, though. [AdWeek] Keep reading »
The always ingenious Copyranter points us to a couple of super-creepy ads from Canadian plastic surgeon Dr. Wayne R. Perron. In the future, you may need a walker, but, don’t worry, your face will be forever freakishly young. After the jump, check out what weirdness is in store for the dudes. Keep reading »
MTV might have canceled “It’s On With Alexa Chung,” but Alexa‘s career is hardly on a downward spiral. She’s adding “face of Pepe Jeans” to her resume now that she’s featured, along with models Tom Guinness and Boyd Holbrook, in the brand’s Spring/Summer 2010 ad campaign. The ads are bright and airy, unlike the edgy DKNY ads that featured her last summer. See another photo after the jump. [Grazia] Keep reading »
Tony Soprano (and mobster types everywhere) made it OK for dudes to get manicures. Diddy has become the poster boy for manscaping. And now, as if we need more proof that it’s a man’s world, a handful of “creative” entrepreneurs are doing what they can to lend masculinity to some products that have traditionally been perceived as girly. It’s a phenomenon I’ve dubbed “dude-washing,” and all of a sudden, it’s everywhere. Keep reading »
Redtape shoes are for men who like their women the way they like their sodas: “served chilled” from a vending machine. [via Jezebel] Keep reading »
Mercedes tapped slick and sexy photographer Nick Knight, asked him to collaborate with amazing and out there designer Gareth Pugh, and bought themselves one shiny new ad campaign. Do we like? [WWD] Keep reading »
Our buddy Copyranter spotted this excellent ad for Jockstrap Maid Service. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that what you get for the money is a dude in a thong who wanders around your apartment pretending to clean. Santa, can I get this one in my stocking? [Copyranter] Keep reading »