It’s pretty simple: you have a product you want to sell, get a celebrity to appear in your ad campaign. Seems simple enough, right? Well many times it can go completely wrong and instead of a big media hit, a celebrity endorsement can sometimes cause a big hit…to your bottom line. Here’s a look at 19 celebrity ad campaigns and magazine editorials that were way too hot.
A collective gasp was heard around the world when the model at just 15 years old (but dressed like a 25 year old) seductively mouthed “You wanna know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
This image featuring the then 17-year-old actress raised many brows in the UK due to the placement of the Marc Jacobs Oh Lola perfume bottle in between her still-a-child legs.
Her perfume wasn’t the only thing catching Heat. The singer’s racy commercial for her entry into the fragrance industry featuring flashes of her slipping off her dress and walking very seductively got the :30 spot a “after 7:30 PM” restriction.
The then 15-year-old posing t0pless on the cover of Vanity Fair (and the inside spread with her propped up against her country star dad) sparked quite the controversy.
The cover of Dazed & Confused magazine featuring the rap newcomer blowing up a pink condom has been banned in seven countries.
A commercial for Calvin Klein Secret Obsession perfume featuring the Hot star that also featured a Wardrobe Malfunction was banned in 2008.
The 16-year-old follows in her big sisters’ footsteps with a racy spread in Flavor magazine.
The popstar was 17 years old when she posed for this Rolling Stone cover in April of 1999.
The young actress is fully clothed here, so what’s the issue with this Miu Miu ad? The UK Advertising Standards Authority banned it “irresponsible” for featuring a child sitting in “an unsafe location” i.e. railroad tracks.
Sure she was a grown woman, but this 1993 cover of Rolling Stone magazine was considered very daring.
The “Gossip Girl” star pulled a double whammy at age 17 when she appeared both scantily dressed and carrying a gun on the cover of Revolver magazine.
When she was 17, Biel tried to shake off her “Seventh Heaven” good-girl image with this raunchy editorial in Gear magazine.
The actress appearing naked with just a Bulgari bag and a couple of cubs covering her womanly parts was deemed “not appropriate for St. Mark’s Square” by the mayor of Venice.
Sure a naked baby bump picture is expected nowadays, but back in 1991 when Moore posed for Vanity Fair magazine, it was a big controversial news story.
Cindy Crawfrod and K.D. Lang
Eyes would barely blink at a cover like this today, but it was a hot topic in 1993.
“True Blood” stars
Sure, everyone involved is of age, but their bloody naked bodies weren’t widely accepted on this 2010 Rolling Stone cover.
Perhaps the stars of “Glee” should have stuck to their chorus costumes for this GQ cover because the Parents Television Association claimed it “borders on paedophilia”.
Love’s Baby Soft
OK so this is not a celebrity, but uh, what exactly was Love’s Baby Soft thinking with this ad?
Though Clinton says this 2000 Esquire cover is tailored after the Lincoln Memorial, many thought it was paying “homage” to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
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