Unheard of Country Bans Foreign Models From Ad Campaigns


Not that anyone's heard of Belarus nor is there any worry it will affect the world's modelling and advertising industry in any way, the country's president has introduced a law that prevents foreign models from appearing in any of the country's ad campaigns. Why do we even report this stuff?

Written by Steve Hall    Comments (15)     File: Campaigns, Celebrity, Policy     Dec-21-05  
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I have heard of Belarus. It was a part of USSR.I know Americans are bad when it comes to world history and geography, but until 9/11, most were not aware of a place called Afghanistan.
Stop being arrogant.

Posted by: Sunil Shibad on December 21, 2005 01:13 PM

It's not arrogance, Sunil. It's called humor.

Posted by: Steve Hall on December 21, 2005 01:21 PM

Of course some people have heard of the country, but the majority HAS NOT!
Stop being prudish.

Posted by: Cas on December 21, 2005 01:21 PM

I didnt find it arrogant or humorous. just standard issue USA!

but mostly i thought of Rochelle Rochelle: a young girls journey from Milan to Minsk!

Good ol Sienfeld. Now THATS funny!

Posted by: Dario Meli on December 21, 2005 01:40 PM

Something else needs to be considered here: the quality of Belarussian models.


could be worse...

Posted by: Dario Meli on December 21, 2005 01:48 PM

Well, something to keep the WTO busy next session. ;)

Posted by: Brian on December 21, 2005 02:24 PM

i suspect bill clinton would volunteer to serve as an ambassador to investigate this international political event.

Posted by: HighJive on December 21, 2005 03:05 PM

Well I suppose the fact the tone of this came off as standard issue USA might be because...oh...say Adrants is published in the USA:-)

Posted by: Steve Hall on December 21, 2005 03:28 PM

I think the fact that Belarus vowed not to use foreign models was a great strategy to put the country and its models on the top.

Brilliant strategy.

Posted by: Dhaval M. on December 21, 2005 04:20 PM

wow, it seems not knowing Belarus is now a sign of arrogance.

I have heard of Mumbai before when they call it Bombay. But I am not aware that there is a place called Bollywood...that seems like similar to Hollywood. Stop being a copycat!


Posted by: Jed on December 21, 2005 07:17 PM

Actually, there were a lot of cool ways to take this post.. that you didn't shows your lack of knowledge not only in basic European geography, but also marketing, and modeling as it relates to business.

Posted by: LRA on December 21, 2005 10:28 PM

come on guys play nice

Posted by: Rex on December 22, 2005 05:40 AM

"I'm in Myanmar, you might know it as Burma...but it will always be Burma to me.."...gotta love Seinfeld

Posted by: Cas on December 22, 2005 09:06 AM

I think Belarus is a country almost everyone has heard of but can't necessarily place on the map on right away.

I think LRA is right on the money. The strategy is what's important here and the fact that you now will google Belarus and even try to catch what their models look like shows that they are excellent strategists.

Posted by: Dhaval M. on December 22, 2005 09:27 AM

istanbul was constantinople.
now it's istanbul, not constantinople.

Posted by: TK on December 22, 2005 10:37 AM

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