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2023 One Show - Branded Entertainment

Toxic Influence

Agency Ogilvy UK / London

Client Dove


Long Form Video / Single

Annual ID


About the Work

Toxic beauty advice and toxic influencers are causing a self-esteem crisis in teenage girls worldwide. 1 in 2 girls follow influencers that make them feel less confident, and 92% of teen girls want to change the way they look. Our goal was: firstly, to highlight the scale and harm of toxic trends like teeth filing and ‘baby botox’ across social platforms for parents, who are often unaware of what their daughters are seeing; and secondly, to help girls recognize and avoid toxic advice online. To do this, we created a short film, shot in documentary style, that explores and subverts the deepest of emotional bonds – between mothers and their daughters – by using cutting-edge deepfake technology to put the words of toxic influencers into the moms’ mouths. By doing this, the harmfulness of toxic influencers was laid bare, and we could tragically highlight how normalized girls have become to toxic beauty advice, by demonstrating how repulsed they are when the same advice comes from their “moms”. The more gripping and dramatic the experiment was, the more parents would share it online and help their daughters. Immediately, the film was organically covered by media and television outlets across the world and went viral on three continents. To date, the campaign has achieved 115.5 million organic views, 3.1 billion earned impressions, coverage in over 60 countries, and has a 99% positive campaign sentiment. The campaign has driven millions of parents to digital tools and a downloadable Confidence Kit on the Dove Self-Esteem Project website, where average dwell time in the week after the film launch increased by 100% to over four minutes. It is currently on pace to become Dove’s most viewed and most successful purpose-led campaign in history.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 9



Ogilvy UK / London

Digital Agency

VMLY&R / Dallas

PR / Marketing Agency

Edelman US / New York

Production Company

Smuggler / London

Music / Sound Production Company

750mph / London

Post Production Company

Absolute / London

Media Distribution Company

Mindshare US / New York

Art Director

Helen Giles


Phil Gull


Hanan Townshend

Creative Director

Jonas McQuiggin


Henry-Alex Rubin

Director of Photography

Gabriela Osio Vanden


Ellie Johnson

Executive Creative Director

Daniel Fisher

Executive Producer

Sally Heath


Caitlin Cronenberg


Yolanda Davis

Casting Director

Stephen Milo C.D.C

Project Manager

Katie Morrell
Zahra Mair


Sipke Visser

2D Artist

Antonio Jiménez
Av Bains
Ben Robards
Chris Tobin
James Russell
Jasmine Cooper
Simon Holden

2nd Editor

Iain Whitewright

assistant editor

Elyse Raphael

assistant producer

Maddie Godsil
Eva McAlpine
George Ward

Casting Research Manager

Taijah Hinds-Rowe

Chief strategy Officer

Ben Kay

Chief Strategy Officer, One Unilever

Lindsey Gonnella


Juliette Wileman

Design Lead, Integrated

Sian Hughes

Digital Account Manager

Olivia White

Edit Producer

Julian Marshall

Global Account Director

Carmen Vicente Soto

Global Assistant Brand Manager, Dove Masterbrand

Amalie Thompson

Global Brand Director Digital, Dove Masterbrand

Zoe Eungblut

Global Brand Director, Dove Masterbrand

Edoardo Briola

Global Brand Manager, Dove Masterbrand

Leslie Golts

Global Brand Vice President, Dove Masterbrand

Leandro Barreto

Global Business Director

Georgie Howard

Global Creative Director

Francesco Grandi

Global Dove, Executive Vice President

Alessandro Manfredi

Global Executive Creative Director (Unilever) & Special Projects, Executive Creative Director

Daniel Fisher

Global Lead, WPP Ogilvy

Jo Bacon

Global Managing Partner

Sam Pierce

Head of Integrated Production (Unilever)

James Brook-Partridge

Lead Senior Film Producer

Stephanie Warner


Andrew Sullivan

Managing director

Fergus Brown


Joseph Wolfenden-Williams

Production Assistant

Shaun Wilding

Senior Art Producer

Chloe Jahanshahi

Senior Colourist

Matt Turner

Senior Film Producer

Sally Miller

Senior Global Digital Manager, Dove Masterbrand

Juliette Crouzet-Mertens


Kirsty Ratcliffe

Sound engineer

Michalis Anthis

Strategy Partner

Ila De Mello Kamath

Talent Liaison

Katie Uhlmann

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