do you think this harrisdirect ad would be as effective if her breasts were small? make no mistake, they know exactly what they're doing here.
big tits = big hits.
but wait, there's more! apparently at one time she even had had nipples. but they've been since removed, and probably only because people complained (boy is my finger not on the pulse of society).
i wonder what the large breasts to small breasts clickthru ratio would be. or the nipples to non-nipples hits/conversions comparison. of course that could be broken down further, comparing ad impressions of ads with small-breasts w/ nipples to large-breasts also w/ nipples or small-breasts w/ nipples to large-breasts without nipples. oh, there are just too many nipple/breast permutations to do this by hand. lemme go open up excel.
this is the kind of marketing i can get into.
Update and Recap: Sep 9, 2004
A lot has gone on in this thread since I first wrote about it back over 2 years ago! Here is a recap from some of comments posted in this thread:
The full photo is a stock photo by photographer Evan Sklar for the firm Bernstein & Andriulli:
Here is another ad featuring Elsie that has been appearing on some sites. Not as nice as the original:
Who is Elsie?
So who is Elsie? We don't know. We still haven't uncovered her real name. But we do know she's a model/actor of course, not an investor. We do have some tidbits submitted in the comments though! This comment posted by Anonymous claims he knows her and that she's aware of the frenzy over her ad. He also provides the following details:
1) She's not asian. She's mixed - half black, half white.
2) She's a model, not an investor.
3) She's also an actor. There was at least one toothpaste ad that got heavy rotation.
4) She's the body model for the character Alyx in the new game Half Life 2.
I don't think anyone has tracked down that toothpaste ad yet, if you have, let me know!
Reader TEX also posted a comment with some more details:
Height 5' 7"
Chest 34" (B cup)
Dress Size 2
Shoe size 8
hmmm, she looks like she's bigger than a B cup to me:
TEX also sent me the following photos of "Elsie":
Now that looks like our Elsie!
As for the Alyx Vance character from Half-Life 2, here are some screenshots:
According to IMDB page for Half-Life 2, the voice of the Alyx character is provided by Merle Dandridge. However, when you look at the pictures of Merle, she doesn't look like our Elsie. So as Charlie notes in his comment, Merle is the VOICE of Alyx. Elsie is then most likely the BODY of Alyx.
If you have any more photos or information about "Elsie", let us know!