Monday, May 15, 2017

Clickbait cliche: historical hotties

Clickbait promoters like to dust off photos of beautiful women from the past to use in sponsored articles online. Perhaps they’re catering to nostalgia. The more likely reason is that sex sells.
Previous examples of clickbait using “historical hotties” that I’ve spotlighted have included Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Montgomery, Goldie Hawn and Susan Dey.
Here are some more recent examples.

Actress Marilyn Monroe has been a clickbait favorite, at least for Taboola.

A famous photo of Jayne Mansfield meeting Sophia Loren in 1957 has cropped up as clickbait.

Audrey Hepburn received the clickbait treatment.

So has pin-up model Bettie Page, here meeting photographer and filmmaker Irving Klaw.

Some “historical hotties” used in modern clickbait are more obscure.
One Taboola article used a photo of actress Lori Saunders from the 1966 horror movie “Blood Bath.”

British model Jean Shrimpton popped up in a clickbait article on “photos not suitable for history books.” I beg to differ.

Kathy Kohner, the real-life inspiration behind fictional surfer girl Gidget, also got the clickbait treatment.

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