Prevage Body by Elizabeth Arden

I was reading a copy of Harper's Bazaar on the way back from London, where I studied customer-focused marketing at LBS, and an ad of a product called Prevage Body by Elizabeth Arden caught my attention. Before I start giving you an exact description, here is a photo of this ad:


You might not see it clearly on this image, but there's a headless body of a plastic doll. On the right side of the plastic body, you see descriptions of various problems attributed to different parts of the body. As I was reading one after another, I was getting slightly shocked:

Decolletage: "Maximum exposure means dreaded age spots, fine lines and crepiness. Freckles are definitely not cute any more."

Arms: "Dryness, sun damage, rough, bumpy skin. Loss of firmness and elasticity. To check, do the wave test."

Stomach: "Weight gain and loss. Childbirth. Need to say more?"

Hands: Age spots, dry, thin, skin. Exposure to sun and environmental irritants. Hands reveal it all."

The Bottom Line: Loss of firmness and tone. Stretch marks and sagging. It's time to take a firm position."

Legs: "Roughness and sun damage, dryness and dimpled skin. Only one other thing makes them look better -- beautiful shoes."

Amazingly negative, right? The parts of text in bold have been highlighted by me as particularly sad. I could have probably highlighted the whole thing.

My first question to myself as I was reading this was, "Do women REALLY have such a HORRIBLE self-image?" And, if, sadly, they do, is this kind of positioning going to do any good for this, presumably effective product?

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