Gucci Ad Banned After A Complaint Was Made Over The Size Of 2 Models

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A Gucci advert has been banned by the advertising watchdog because it featured a model who appears “unhealthily thin” and “gaunt”.

The advert included two models – one leaning up against a wall in a colourful dress and another in a yellow outfit sitting on a sofa.

A complaint was made about both, who appeared in stills at the end of a video on The Times website in December 2015.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld the complaint saying the “torso and arms” of the model standing up “were quite slender and appeared to be out of proportion with her head and lower body”.

It went on: “Further, her pose elongated her torso and accentuated her waist so that it appeared to be very small.

“We also considered that her sombre facial expression and dark make up, particularly around her eyes, made her face look gaunt.

Gucci advert ruled irresponsible

A complaint was made about both models in the advert

“For those reasons, we considered that the model leaning against the wall appeared to be unhealthily thin in the image, and therefore concluded that the ad was irresponsible.”

The Italian fashion house has been told the advert must not appear again in its current form.

Gucci told the ASA the advert was aimed at an older, sophisticated audience and that it felt the model appeared “toned and slim”.

It said nowhere in the ads were any models’ “bones” visible.

It said their make up was natural and the lighting uniform and warm to ensure there were no hollows caused by shadows and their clothes were not revealing.

Gucci UK told Sky News: “We take our responsibilities as an advertiser very seriously in the way models are selected for and presented in our advertising campaigns.

“We have noted, but are not in agreement with, the assessment of the UK Advertising Standards Authority, an independent regulator, in relation to one model featured in one image from our Cruise 2015 campaign.

“The campaign itself expired at the end of December 2015.”



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Sylvia Anderson The Voice Behind Thunderbirds’ Lady Penelope, Dies Aged 88

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Anderson co-created the hit science-fiction puppet series, which ran from 1965, with her late husband Gerry.

In a career spanning five decades, she also worked on shows Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet, and for US TV network HBO.

She died at her Berkshire home, aged 88. Her daughter described her as “a mother and a legend”.

“Her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged. She was a force in every way,” Dee Anderson said.

Her former husband Gerry Anderson died in 2012 after suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Nick Williams, Chairman of Fanderson – a fan club dedicated to the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson – told BBC Breakfast she was a “huge influence” on the entertainment industry.

“She was one of the first really prominent women in the film and TV industry,” he said, adding that Anderson leaves behind “an amazing legacy of fantastic television, really groundbreaking entertainment.”

Rae Earl, writer of the My Mad Fat Diary television series, tweeted: “Sylvia Anderson was responsible for some of my favourite TV.”

Puppet pioneers

Born in south London to a boxing promoter and a dressmaker, Sylvia Anderson graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in sociology and political science.

She spent several years in the US and worked as a journalist before returning to the UK and joining a TV production company, where she met her future husband.

Co-founders of adventure series Stingray, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson with some of the puppets from the cast
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Image captionThe Andersons collaborated on many of his programmes, including Captain Scarlet and Stingray. Some puppets from the latter can be seen in this image.

When he started his own company, AP Films, she joined him, and the couple began making puppet shows.

They developed a production technique using electronic marionette puppets, called Supermarionation, in which the voices were recorded first, and when the puppets were filmed, the electric signal from the taped dialogue was hooked up to sensors in the puppets’ heads.

That made the puppets’ lips move perfectly in time with the soundtrack.

In 1963, the couple came up with the idea for Thunderbirds, which told the story of the Tracy family who form a secret organisation dedicated to saving human life, set in the future.

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Image captionThunderbirds revolved around a futuristic emergency service called International Rescue, manned by the Tracy family
Utility submarine Thunderbird 4
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Image captionThe 1960s series pioneered “supermarionation” – a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes

As well as co-creating and writing the series, Anderson worked on character development and costume design.

The character of Lady Penelope, a glamorous agent, was modelled on Anderson’s own appearance, and she also provided her characteristic aristocratic voice.

The success of Thunderbirds led to two feature films and a toy and merchandise empire.

Three new programmes were made last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the series.

Charity work

Other shows which the couple worked on include Stingray, Fireball XL5 and Secret Service.

However, the partnership ended when they divorced in 1981.

Sylvia went on to work as head of programming for HBO in the UK, and write several books.

Her last public interview was on the Graham Norton Show on BBC Radio 2 with actor David Graham, who also provided voices for Thunderbirds, in December.

Her family said she had many famous friends, “but would always find time to take care of people who were suffering or in need of support”, and worked with many charities, including Breast Cancer Care.

She had a daughter, Dee Anderson, a singer and songwriter, and a son, Gerry Anderson Junior, an anaesthetist.

She also leaves four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.



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