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By Peter Bjelskou

Branded girls in U.S. Television examines how The genuine Housewives of recent York City, Martha Stewart, and different girl marketers create branded televised models of the long-lasting U.S. housewife. utilizing their tv presence to set up and advertise their very own product strains, together with jewellery, cookware, garments, and skin care, they turn into the first actual representations of those manufacturers. whereas their companies are severe and heavily profitable, in particular truth tv allows a undeniable representational flexibility that permits members to create campy and occasionally tongue-in-cheek personas. Peter Bjelskou explores their leading edge branding ideas, in particular the complicated relationships among their entrepreneurial endeavors and their actual our bodies, attires, tastes, and private histories. quite often those branded ladies communicate volumes approximately their contemporaneous political environments, and this publication illustrates how they, and lots of different ladies in U.S. tv historical past, are indicative of bigger societal traits and structures.

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