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When Bad Perfume Ads Happen to Good Actors: Melanie Laurent the Latest (Well Paid) Victim

by Sophia Savage
October 3, 2011 11:05 AM
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Melanie Laurent is the latest (well-paid) victim of perfume advertising. It's amazing how powerful (translation: $$$) the mere suggestion of celebrity sexuality or nudity can be. But we don't care how sparkly they these commercials may be; they are all wasted opportunities, and A-list directors often share the blame. The only one with an ounce of creativity is Jean-Jacques Annaud's Dior ad, in which Charlize Theron's unbridled confidence holds our interest (along with cameos by late Hollywood icons). Granted, it's hard to represent a scent with visuals, but surely they can try harder to stand out? See how many of these you can stomach:

Charlize Theron for Dior (dir: Jean-Jacques Annaud)

Natalie Portman for Dior (dir: Sofia Coppola)

Marion Cotillard for Dior (dir: John Cameron Mitchell)

Keira Knightley for Chanel (dir: Joe Wright)

Blake Lively for Chanel

Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans for Gucci

Vincent Cassel for Yves Saint Laurent

Matthew McConaughey for Dolce & Gabbana

Scarlett Johansson for Dolce & Gabbana

Scarlett Johansson for Calvin Klein

Naomi Watts for Thierry Mugler

Kate Winslet for Lancome

Penelope Cruz for Lancome

Anne Hathaway for Lancome

Emma Watson for Lancome

Uma Thurman for Givenchy

James Franco for Gucci

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  • Daniela | October 7, 2011 9:56 AMReply

    Don't like too much the new ad from Melanie, she is a natural beauty and her face looks weird.
    One of my favorite is the one from Jean Paul Gaultier "Madame"

  • Syd | October 4, 2011 6:08 AMReply

    There's also nicole Kidman for Chanel... But I thought that ad was beautiful

  • Nora | October 3, 2011 11:34 AMReply

    I think Eva Mendes' Thierry Mugler ad should be placed with the "exceptional ones". It's quite beautiful.

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