Girls, Girls, Girls

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  1. aha! there is one you missed, i explicitly remember seeing her picture in a school textbook! It was our IFL (Integrated family life, if i recall corectly) class in sophomore year, the picture was the same one as the heating and air conditioning photo. It was listed under something to the affect of, “getting older, and contemplating about your life”

  2. Heh. That’s fascinating – and really cool that your products can track these things.

    Reminds me a little of Kat Herding. After I first saw the stock shots Chris & Jeneane used for their satire blog, I started to see that same model popping up in banner ads and on sites /everywhere/.

  3. @She just has a good agent:

    Actually this is not about an agency representation and this is not a big deal. The everywhere girl photograph was taken many many years ago and is currently licensed as a royalty free photograph (no agent required) and sell quite well. The fun part is actually spotting this image and the wholesomeness it represents. It makes me happy every time I see it. No biggy. My post was really about what if: “there was technology to actually find all these instances” – that is the biggy.

  4. @Travis: Thanks for dropping by. Indeed we missed her appearance in the school textbook – we have no access to these textbook, in my post I used examples we found on the Internet using our image recognition technology. I would love to see the text book examples: now that you mentioned it I am going to keep an eye open! I would love my collection of sightings to become as comprehensive as possible!
    If you spot here anywhere else, email me!

  5. @anon: indeed I stole the article from The Register and I also stole their image recogniton technology. All in one fancy swoop.
    Nah! Actually the first article I read about Everywhere Girl was in the Inquirer which I link to, Paul Halles has done an amazing job of tracking her sightings manually.

  6. Ah, the Everywhere Girl. I mentioned her in my book. I would have included one of the infamous pictures, but I didn’t have access to the “Photodisc Red” CD that she is on. Oh well, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 5:

    “…Also, because the company in charge of the rights knows who is using them and for how long, incidents where your client’s competitor has the same exact image on their homepage at the same time are highly unlikely. With such a large pool of royalty-free images, it may already seem unlikely, but this is precisely what happened to Dell and Gateway in the summer of 2004. Both computer manufacturers were embarrassed when they featured the same royalty free picture of a college girl on their homepage at the same time.”

  7. We are Katie Couric

    This Katie Couric plagiarism story is just so rich I can’t even stand it. She should at least be thankful it wasn’t discovered by bloggers first. Can you imagine CBS suffering another humiliation like that at the hands of bloggers? Hopefully independe…

  8. ‘We are Katie Couric’

    This Katie Couric plagiarism story is just so rich I can’t even stand it. She should at least be thankful it wasn’t discovered by bloggers first. Can you imagine CBS suffering another humiliation like that at the hands of bloggers? Hopefully independe…

  9. Hector, that’s an amazing story. The girl’s dress in the first shots is something else. I am now superbly intrigued. I want to see if she is still around… Stay tuned!

  10. “what makes a photo representative of a group, idea, population or?”

    Simple. The type of graphic designer who uses popular CDs of royalty free stock imagery is rather lazy. Thus, their symbology is pretty lazy, too. Find a sharp photo of a pretty blond with a fun smile and you’ve got a safe representative for everything from toothpaste to C++ GUI programming.

    In other words: she may not be the perfect representative of product X or institution Y, but what product or institution could you say she definitively couldn’t represent?

    The NAACP is the only one I can come up with, and that’s assuming our graphic designer isn’t enterprising in his laziness.

    Pretty blondes. They may not have more fun, but they sure can market the hell out of it.

  11. I’ve just had that “where have I seen her before?” moment, and the picture with the overalls solved it. She’s on the cover of the new edition of “Teaching First-Year College Students” which came out last summer. Classic.

  12. There are a couple of other photos that I am starting to see everywhere and it is now starting to drive me a bit nuts because I want to collect them all. I am going to continue this post with a second post of a pharma advertisement photo that I see everywhere… This story is to be continued.

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