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More stock footage? Samsung joins Dell and Gateway

September 03, 2004 at 03:38 PM
Dell goes back-to-school
Gateway: Back to school

The two ads above were pointed out way back in July by Engadget. Apparently Dell and Gateway used the same stock footage for their back-to-school campaigns. Same girl, same stupid hat and necklace, same everything.

Well just now I noticed on ESPN.com that Samsung must've been feeling a little left out, so they decided to use the same exact girl/photo in a small Flash ad for digital cameras. That's some nice work by the marketing department.

Samsung: Digital camera ad

Do these giant companies not get some sort of assurance when they purhcase stock photography that the same set won't be sold to other companies. At least not to one of your biggest competitors, or at least not for a couple of months. That's pretty ridiculous.

August 2004: She's now not only going back-to-school, but she's going back high on drugs. No wonder she's able to be in so many ads at once, she's powered by Vivarin.

On drugs, but going to class
Image of ANOTHER ad featuring that girl, I wonder if she gets paid for any of this

February 2005: Well it's five months later (2/21/2005) and my good friend has popped up once again. Now she's advertising tax services for H&R Block over at Kotaku. Seriously people, that's enough. It's not like it's that great of a photo shoot. Was she the only early twenties white girl photographed in the last year?

Shell necklace, knit hat girl in an Avia ad

April 27, 2005: Reading ESPN the Magazine on the flight home from NYC, and found our friend in an ad for Avia tennis shoes. I bet she got paid like $100 for this photo shoot.

May 1, 2005: Commenter Jeremy points us to BeAnActuary.com. Blonde chick is letting us know that you too can be an actuary, whatever the hell that is.

Stock girl flirting

May 2, 2005 Holy cow I have found the source!! After all these mainstream occurences of this girl I decided to do a Getty Images search for college and girl. Low and behold, she was on page three or four of the results in that damn hat taunting me. The photographer's name is Doug Menuez, so I narrowed the results just to his work and then narrowed further down to college. There's even some photos of her in a different setting and flirting with a guy instead of paying attention in class!

May 27, 2005: The Inquirer has written a story on their mission to find the Everywhere Girl as they call her. They managed to track down the original photographer (thanks to my help!) but unfortunately even he has no idea who the girl is. They do have a couple links to more people tracking her across the web, including a great one with a bunch of stuff I don't have.

The saga continues...

Posted in Web/Tech | 13 Comments


1 christina said...

Maybe they like her big teeth.

Posted on February 21, 2005 at 03:09 PM

2 Brian said...

I think it's the sweet shell necklace.

At least Dell used a different photo, and one that didn't include lame sea-related jewelry.

Posted on February 21, 2005 at 03:16 PM

3 Jeremy said...

Looks like she's an actuary, too!


Posted on May 01, 2005 at 06:40 PM

4 Johnny said...

Perhaps, if we convinced the FBI & Homeland Security Dept. that she was downloading "Spaceballs" in 1999 via P2P, THEY could find her...?

Posted on May 26, 2005 at 04:45 PM

5 action80 said...

I have figured it out. It is so easy. Her name is Jenna and she is a 20 year old college student. Where is my prize?

Posted on May 27, 2005 at 09:18 AM

6 Steve Savage said...

This is like an 80's movie where a guy falls in love with a mystery girl and goes on a road trip to find her.

I suggest casting Mark Hamill in this dreadful adventure.

Posted on May 31, 2005 at 10:11 AM

7 uniuniunium said...

Add another one to the list, she was on the cover of Calumet Photo's student discount catalog a couple of years ago. I'm pretty sure she's been on their website as well, but I'm not finding it at the moment.

Posted on May 25, 2006 at 10:27 PM

8 Paul Burdick said...

Well, it definitely looks like the build she is front of in many of the pictures is Reed College's Eliot Hall:


Posted on May 30, 2006 at 03:58 PM

9 Kenny Blankenship said...

Some lame local bank (Mid-first I think) in Oklahoma City used "the everywhere girl" in some of their promotions as well. In fact, I switched to BoK just to avoid seeing that stupid hat.

Posted on June 01, 2006 at 12:59 PM

10 Peter said...

Found another one on the front page at http://www.campaigninstitute.org/, this time a classroom setting

Posted on June 07, 2006 at 03:40 PM

11 Dale said...

Here she is again . . .

Posted on June 22, 2006 at 01:09 AM

12 Dale said...

Sorry, here is the link: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=32550

Posted on June 22, 2006 at 01:10 AM

13 Anony said...

Another sighting: http://www.collegeexcel.com/contact.php

Posted on September 26, 2006 at 12:57 PM