"It's a familiar pattern: A celebrity is caught in a compromising position, is humiliated, suffers career damage and lies low for a while - then returns to the public arena to revamp a tarnished image.
Joining the likes of Paris Hilton and Hugh Grant, the British model Kate Moss is set to take a big step in her image rehabilitation this week. Moss, 31, who was photographed while apparently using cocaine in a London recording studio in September, will try to revive her career in a self-deprecating commercial for Virgin Mobile, the cellphone company owned by Richard Branson.
In the 40-second spot, which is to be shown starting Saturday, Moss is relaxing at home, making tea, when she receives a cellphone call from her agent, excitedly saying he has found a perfect contract for her. As it turns out, the agent is calling from a Virgin Mobile store and is talking about a cellphone contract, not a modeling job. A voice intones: "Virgin Mobile. One contract worth keeping." - Herald Tribune
Proving that you can never let a little coke addiction get you down, Kate Moss is BACK! With Virgin Mobile.
1. Image Rehabilitation Marketing - There is a disruptive innovation opportunity for companies to specialize in helping celebrities revamp their tarnished image through creative marketing strategies.
2. Self-deprecating Commercials - Companies can capitalize on the trend of using self-deprecating humor in commercials to engage with audiences and create a relatable image.
3. Celebrity Endorsements - The endorsement of celebrities, even those with controversial pasts, can be a powerful marketing tool for companies to enhance their brand image.
1. Marketing and Advertising - The marketing and advertising industry can adapt its strategies to cater to the growing need of celebrities seeking image rehabilitation.
2. Film and Television Production - Film and television production companies can explore the trend of creating self-deprecating commercials that resonate with audiences.
3. Brand Management and PR - Companies specializing in brand management and public relations can leverage celebrity endorsements as a way to boost their clients' reputations.