Top 30 AdFreak Stories of 2013

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Here are the 30 most read stories on AdFreak in 2013:

30. Intriguing Ads Tell Young Girls: 'You're Not a Princess' and 'Life's Not a Fairytale'

By Rebecca Cullers

A tiny, all-female Catholic college-prep academy in Kentucky has created a curious ad campaign, via agency Doe-Anderson, that tells young women, "You're not a princess" and "Life's not a fairytale," and advises them: "Don't wait for a prince." The tagline is: "Prepare for real life."

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29. Low Self-Esteem Is Not a Problem in Dove's Real Beauty Sketches … for Men

By Tim Nudd

Ogilvy Brazil's "Real Beauty Sketches" campaign for Dove took the Internet by storm this week with its clever use of a forensics artist to show women that they're really more beautiful than they think. What would happen if you tried the same experiment on men?

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28. Model From Famous Photoshop Video Gets More Drastic Makeover for the Holidays

By Tim Nudd

It's agency holiday-card season, and we're going to start posting some of the more interesting and amusing examples—beginning with this one from Victors & Spoils.

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27. H&M Winning Raves for Having a Normal-Looking Woman Model Its Beachwear

By David Griner

It would be nice if we didn't live in a world where this is considered news, but for better or worse, it is. H&M has selected a swimwear model who actually has a normal human body.

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26. It's 2013, and People Are Still Getting Worked Up About Interracial Couples in Ads

By Tim Nudd

It's another one of those things that shouldn't be a story but is—an ad from a major U.S. brand featuring an interracial couple and their daughter.

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25. Did Lego Already Win Christmas With This Fantastic Father-Son Ad?

By Tim Nudd

Christmas ads are just around the corner, and Lego storms out of the gate with this wonderful TV spot from Amsterdam agency We Are Pi and director Joanna Bailey.

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24. April Fools' Day 2013: Best of the Brand Hoaxes

By Rebecca Cullers

Ah, April Fools' Day. The Super Bowl of satire. The one day when brands are free to indulge in off-brand, often hilarious communications without catastrophic repercussions. Click below to see our list of this year's pranks.

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23. Check Out the Trailer That Was Just Named the Best of the Year

By David Kiefaber

This is it: the best trailer of the year. Or at least that's the opinion of the top awards show for advertising in the cinema, TV and video game industries.

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22. IAC's PR Chief Apparently Tweeted a Bizarrely Tasteless Joke About AIDS and Africa

By David Griner

If Justine Sacco is on a flight to Africa right now, I don't envy her the notifications that will be waiting for her when she lands.

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21. Company's Amazing Reply to a Raging Customer Has Fans and Orders Pouring In

By David Griner

Every once in a while, giving a foul-tempered customer a public skewering can be good for business. At least that seems to be the lesson of Liberty Bottleworks, whose polite but eviscerating reply to a Facebook complaint has gone viral and generated vocal support for the small business.

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20. How to Totally Freak People Out Simply With the Info They Share in Social Media