• Celebrities and influencers investigated for failing to clearly label paid-for social media posts
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    Alice Sholl

    Celebrities and influencers investigated for failing to clearly label paid-for social media posts

    A watchdog is cracking down on celebrities who don't clarify if they've been paid to promote certain products.

  • Meghan Markle's fashion designer friend advertises white shirt as "the one that sealed the deal"
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    Ciara Sheppard

    Meghan Markle's fashion designer friend advertises white shirt as "the one that sealed the deal"

    People are criticising her for cashing in on her friend's marriage.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal, face of fresh Calvin Klein fragrances, gets frank about Hollywood’s dirty secrets
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    Yahoo Style

    Jake Gyllenhaal, face of fresh Calvin Klein fragrances, gets frank about Hollywood’s dirty secrets

    Jake Gyllenhaal, the new face of Calvin Klein Eternity fragrances, reflects on his earliest scent memories, being an honest storyteller, and championing equality in Hollywood and beyond.

  • Plus-Size Teen Ballerina Takes Featured Spot in New Ad Campaign
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    Gordon Hurd

    Plus-Size Teen Ballerina Takes Featured Spot in New Ad Campaign

    Lizzy Howell is one of the featured dancers breaking stereotypes in Target's "C9 Champion: We Are a New Kind of Strong" campaign.

  • Clothing brand apologises after ‘gender stereotyping’ in ad
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    Alice Sholl

    Clothing brand apologises after ‘gender stereotyping’ in ad

    At least that’s what Jacamo, the men’s clothing brand, appears to have been implying in its recent ad campaign. The brand – known for its diverse selection of sizes – has been accused of gender stereotyping in its new ‘real man’ ads.

  • London Makes A Move To Ban Body-Shaming Adverts From Public Transport
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    Marie-Claire Dorking

    London Makes A Move To Ban Body-Shaming Adverts From Public Transport

    “Are you beach body ready?” the tagline asked alongside a super skinny image of a model in a bikini. People were outraged by the Protein World ad, claiming it was demeaning and heaped on the body perfect pressure. To be beach body ready, you just need to head to the beach, right?

  • Old Vs New: How Many Of These Forgotten Logos Do You Remember?
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    Jasmine Jones

    Old Vs New: How Many Of These Forgotten Logos Do You Remember?

    If a company’s been going for long enough you can be sure that at some point they’ll undergo a makeover. Changing and evolving is necessary in order to keep up with the times and make businesses relevant to modern day consumers.  Some of these familiar logos have evolved so far their original is no longer recognisable. 

  • This college acceptance letter tells the hard truth about sexual assaults on campus
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    Simone Olivero

    This college acceptance letter tells the hard truth about sexual assaults on campus

    (DontAcceptRape.com) “The first six weeks of college is the period when freshmen have the highest likelihood of being raped," Margaret Johnson, executive creative director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners tells Ad Week.  She and her team recently released a campaign called “Unacceptable Acceptance Letters,” which highlights how one in five women will be sexually assaulted in schools across North America. ALSO SEE: Student who carried mattress in protest, Emma Sulkowicz, just released a simulated rape video “We timed our campaign to raise awareness at the earliest point when college becomes a reality—the time when incoming freshmen receive their acceptance letters,” she says.  The campaign features a series of videos as well as a print ad, that highlight that moment when a student receives a college acceptance letter. 

  • Designer Responds To Body-Shaming Shorts Ad With A Defiant Post
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    Designer Responds To Body-Shaming Shorts Ad With A Defiant Post

    Who ever thought this shorts ad wouldn’t cause offense? There are some obvious rules when it comes to generating good marketing for a product, and shopping app Wish fell at the first hurdle when they insulted their target market with an ad for shorts. One of the most poignant reactions has come from a 27-year-old Bristol-based fashion designer, Christina Ashman, who turned the body-shaming concept on its head, posting a photo of her wearing a skirt on one leg, topped off with two middle fingers put up to the camera.

  • Study shows how similar the faces of brand models are
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    Hilary Hagerman

    Study shows how similar the faces of brand models are

    It’s nothing new that the advertising industry often struggles with presenting diverse models – but graphic design company Canva is really making this clear in their latest project, The Average Face of A Brand Model. For the clothing industry, it was a little different – but not much.

  • Jeweller gets slammed for ‘comically bad’ sexist ads
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    Simone Olivero

    Jeweller gets slammed for ‘comically bad’ sexist ads

    @iloveugly Trust that nervous instinct it’s probably trying to tell you something useful. “The images use women’s bodies as mere props and promote unequal power dynamics,” Rae Duff, the president for the National Council of Women for New Zealand told BuzzFeed. “It reflects how too often women in our society are seen as merely sexual objects and this feeds into our culture of abuse and violence against women.

  • 20 Deft Executions Of Billboard Brandalism
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    Jasmine Jones

    20 Deft Executions Of Billboard Brandalism

    Advertising is a part of our daily lives, it sullies our streets and seeps into our homes, manipulating, pressuring and even destructing; peddling debt, consumerism and negative body image.  Street artists all over the world are stealthily fighting back with ‘subvertisng’, making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements. Their mission is to remind us that we are human beings and not consumers.  So immune are we to the golden arches, the scantily clad models and the classic red and white of coca-cola, it’s likely you may have passed a subtle piece of brandalsim without even realising it. 1.