Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Internet Models

It is amazing what the internet can do for you. With it's wide reach and instant access, it really is a whole new world. Infact, THIS could be the new dimension that scientists are looking for elsewhere. It affects our daily lives, it has world changing consequences, without it, the world cannot exist any more. It is not critical but plain NEEDED for us to function today.

Therefore, if you do it right, you could be very famous real quick. If you get it wrong however, you could end up in a psychiatric ward like the first (I think) YouTube star "The star Wars Kid"

If you get it right (almost) however, you could be like this lovely girl fondly known as "The Everywhere Girl" or Jennifer Chandra.

The story is fascinating. Jennifer Chandra did a photoshoot at Reed College and sold the shots to Getty Images, an online image bank.

Call it the overuse of stock photography or plain laziness at corporations to hire photographers and do their own photoshoots, people have repeatedly used Jennifer's photographs in all sorts of advertisments. From Dell,Gateway, HP, Visa, Microsoft, BBC, US Department of State, CNN and tons more. Hence the name "Everywhere Girl"

If you would like to see a collection of her ads so far (and I believe this is ongoing), click here

While the everywhere girl is actually quite cute, our next internet model is anything but.

If you and your cause are both extreme Islamic fundamentalist you have your very own poster boy "fondly" called The Islamic Rage Boy. His real name is Shakeel Bhagat and he is 31 years old. He is also very VERY angry about something.

Just what that something is, he hasn't quite been able to figure out yet. Whether it is Salman Rushdie's Knighthood, or freedom for Kashmir, or the pope benedict's faux pas with anti Islamic comments. He was even screaming himself hoarse and shaking his angry finger and bug infested beard (no seriously it probably has its own flourishing flora and fauna!) at those Danish cartoons about The Prophet.

Frankly, those cartoons aren't even that clever but if you would like to see for yourself, click here.

Shakeel's protests rage range through the whole gamut of the "protest inventory". With his massively intense face and loud (ofcourse angry) slogan shouting and scuffles with the police, the chap clearly works hard. The only thing that I think he could be so angry about is the same thing that most professionals in this world are angry or unhappy about. The pay must suck.

Speaking of which. The Everywhere Girl isn't a millionaire either. Despite all her fame she has difficulty paying her bills. Clearly, being famous on the internet doesn't mean you will move to Beverly Hills with a shiny Ferrari in your backyard. Pity.

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