Woman in Popular Cosmetic Ad Sues Talent Agency 

When a model’s advertisement becomes widely circulated, it’s pretty safe to assume that it would launch him or her to stardom and eventually pave way for other projects.

Apparently, this was not the case for Heidi Yeh, a Taiwanese model who claimed her career was destroyed by a popular ad for a cosmetic clinic.

The ad in the center of controversy features Yeh and a handsome male model depicted as a lovely married couple with ugly kids. The faces of the kids in the ad were altered to promote cosmetic surgery services offered by Simple Beauty Clinic.

PHOTO CREDIT: Shanghaiist

PHOTO CREDIT: Shanghaiist

With the tagline “The only thing you’ll ever have to worry about is how to tell the kids.”, the ad quickly went viral not only in Taiwan but across the world. As a result, other cosmetic clinics also used the sensational ad.

Meanwhile, tabloid Heilongjiang capitalised on the popularity of the ad and began fabricating a story claiming that Yeh underwent extensive cosmetic operations to trick the attractive man in marrying her. While Yeh successfully won the heart of the good-looking man, he eventually divorced her after the looks of their children revealed her true colors.

The fake stories generated from the ad caused Yeh to lose job offers.

Last week, the devastated model revealed her ordeal in a press conference with the Taipei Press. According to Yeh, she is suing J. Walter Thompson (JWT) talent agency and the cosmetic clinic for $155,000 or 5 million NTD.

PHOTO CREDIT: Shanghaiist

PHOTO CREDIT: Shanghaiist

Since her contract with JWT states that the photo would only be used in print, Yeh is filing a case against the two companies.

Meanwhile, JWT pointed out that the contract gives them absolute copyright to the photo with the understanding that the photo could be edited based on the company’s preference.  They will also be filing a countersuit against Yeh.

Common Cosmetic Procedures

According to WebMD, the most common cosmetic procedures are liposuction, eyelid surgery, nose jobs, breast implants, Botox injections as well as facelifts.

  • Liposuction– Also known as Lipoplasty or body sculpting, this procedure costs at least $2,000 in the US.
  • Eyelid Surgery– A procedure that reshapes your eyelids costs between $2,000 to $4,000 in the US.
  • Breast implants– The popular procedure’s cost varies but is usually around $3,000.
  • Nose Job– If you want to the shape of your nose altered, prepare to shell around $4,000.
  • Botox Injections– To get rid of wrinkles and frown lines, you need to have botox injections that costs around $300 to $400 per treatment.
  • Facelift– This treatment that aims to stretch the skin up toward the scalp costs at least $5,000.
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