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My penchant for obscure models

I have an inconvenient habit of becoming intrigued with obscure models in TV ads, videos, brochures, etc. Oddly, these models are not always the most beautiful women in the world. They are often quite ordinary except for perhaps a unique feature that just catches my eye. Becoming intrigued with these models is inconvenient because I find myself wanting to know more about them, but they are nameless and often difficult to identify. Here are some examples:

In Blink 182's video, All the Small Things, there is a scene in which a model rolls over and over on the beach. After posting queries in several Blink 182 forums two years ago, I finally tracked down the model's name: Jessica Jackson. After that, the trail goes totally cold. Try Googling her name and you'll see how she nearly does not exist. There's an image posted at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~granther/jessica.jpg that hardly does her justice. You have to see the video to appreciate how good looking she is.

Then there was the woman who began appearing in Mercury automobile commercials. Jill Wagner was much, much easier to find because she apparently has an actual career. I went to the Mercury web site which had some of her TV ads posted there for a while. I even ordered their free CD advertisement for a more permanent record of their advertisements. I'm not the only guy who noticed Jill Wagner. See http://www.populationstatistic.com/archives/2005/10/16/jill-wagner-the-mercury-girl .

Like many men who watched the NCAA basketball tournament, I never got tired of the sweaty dancer in the Old Spice commercial. This one was also easy: Callie Garrison, http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/models/Callie_Garrison . Old Spice as even been kind enough to allow viewers to create remixes of the dancing at http://www.whensheshot.com/ .

Finally, I've been totally stumped as to the identity of the model in Best Buy's brochure for the Siemens ultraSense washer. Standing in line to check out one day last year, I found my eyes irresistibly drawn to the brochure. Then my legs irresistibly walked me over to the washing machines and my hand irresistibly grabbed one of the brochures to take home. The image on the front of the brochure shows a model with insanely long legs sitting on a chair and leaning over to pick up some laundry in a basket. I can't make up my mind which image I like better: the one on the front or on the second page, where we see the model from the rear, pulling a top over her head. A PDF copy of the brochure can be found at http://www.siemens-home.com/pdf/LaundryCareBrochure.pdf .


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May. 10th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
I dug the shit out of that chick in that Nada Surf video for "Popular."

And let us not forget that wonderful woman of Overstock.com.
May. 10th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
I like the way the teacher rants in the video. Speaking of which, nice rant in atheism the other day.
May. 10th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Mmm I totally agree with your first choice, that blonde girl, and the last girl at the washing machine. I would totally dig them if I was a guy. Old Spice girl's not bad too. I've also had such a girl crush on these two models, Gemma Ward: http://img20.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gemmaward83ol2sk.jpg
who is in all those Burberry adds, and Cintia Dicker: http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a316/artemis_/Cintia%20Dicker/00280m.jpg who's just adorable.
May. 10th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your girl crushes. Women appreciating other women is itself a thing of beauty.
May. 10th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
I never thought of it as a thing of beauty, but I have always appreciated the attractiveness of other women especially the ones with great bodies simply because I wished that I looked like they did.
May. 11th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) See, I have a hard time believing that sexuality is as linear as generally supposed. I'm often attracted to girls but only physically, whereas I only feel like I can have that intimate emotional connection with guys. Have you ever heard of Sandra Bem? From the little I know about her, her views seem to be the most radical, and most true, on the topic.
May. 11th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Of course I know Sandra Bem's work. She only revolutionized our thinking about gender. I don't know who is more radical, Sandra or her husband, Daryl. Daryl's research has ranged all over the place, from attitudes, to parapsychology, to sexual orientation. I don't agree with everything the Bems have suggested, but they certainly have some interesting ideas!
May. 12th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Oh I didn't even know she had a husband! I really just found out about her this year from my Psych teacher and didn't know how influential/well known she is. Though I see that she teaches at my college, so it'll be great to have her as a professor one year. Do you have any book suggestions by her and/or her husband, just so I can get a heads up before enrolling in a class?
May. 12th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Sandra and Daryl separated a few years back, although they remain friends. The story is that Daryl decided he was gay. Or bi. I'm not sure.

At any rate, Sandra's award winning book, The Lenses of Gender: Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality, is probably as good as any to get her perspective.

My own take on her work is that it has always been an attempt to rationalize her own personal life. That doesn't mean that everything she says is wrong; she has developed some interesting ideas, such as suggesting that masculinity and femininity should be conceptualized as two different dimensions rather than opposite ends of the same dimension. Nonetheless, I question the generality of her conclusions because they are based on her own life. You can get directly to the details of her personal life by reading An Unconventional Family. For a quick overview, browse to http://www.webster.edu/~woolflm/sandrabem2.htm .

For Daryl, the work that everyone has been talking about lately his his theory of the development of sexual orientation:

Bem, D. J. (1996). Exotic becomes erotic: A developmental theory of sexual orientation. Psychological Review, 103(2), 320-335.
May. 10th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
I even enjoyed that Old Spice commercial. I wish I could dance like that http://www.whensheshot.com/ . Maybe one is never too old to learn. ;-)

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May. 10th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
I would really appreciate it if you would remove my name from your comment to protect my anonymity.

And, yes it is safer to watch, but we can still have some fun, too! ;-)
May. 10th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
If there's a way to edit comments in LJ, it's not transparent, so I just deleted the comment.
May. 10th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
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May. 10th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Maybe she's just a computer-generated image. It's eerie how she looks exactly the same as a brunette and blonde except for her hair color.

Clothing catalogs and newspaper inserts are another great source of anonymous models. Who are these people?

Nice to see a token presence in LJ, mathew. I find it ironic that it was your former journal got me started on LJ, and then they gave you the boot soon after I joined. I'm glad you finally set up your RSS feed.
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May. 11th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
I was talking about RSS on your real journal. You may have added this feature long ago, but I only discovered it and subscribed a few weeks ago.
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May. 10th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Women wearing (nothing but) chain mail and holding swords--now that's a gamer's dream.
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