This Powerful Bodyform Commercial Is All About Blood

Campaign Aims to Break 'Last Taboo' in Sport

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on May 27, 2016

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Women bleed, but it doesn't stop them competing, in this U.K. commercial from Bodyform, part of a campaign by the feminine hygiene brand that aims to break down taboos around the menstrual cycle and exercise.

Directed by Stink's Jones + Tino for AMV BBDO, the ad portrays women taking part in sport from surfing to ballet, with gashed faces, bleeding noses, raw and bloody toes, scraped hands and more. In its uncompromising and authentic portrayal of women, it's reminiscent of Sport England's award-winning "This Girl Can" commercial -- but more hardcore, and with injuries. The ad ends with the tagline "No blood should hold us back."

The wider campaign, titled Red.Fit, aims to enable women to become more mentally and physically motivated throughout their menstrual cycle. Bodyform has entered into a research partnership with St. Mary's University, Twickenham and University College London (UCL) investing in a PhD program exploring the effect of the menstrual cycle on women's health and exercise.

An online hub will provide consumers with direct access to the research findings, together with exercise videos, nutritional information and motivational podcasts for different phases of their menstrual cycle.

Nicola Coronado, marketing director at SCA-owned Bodyform, said in a statement: "Menstruation really is "the last taboo" for women in sport, simply because we lack knowledge and understanding of this subject area. Using our partnership with St. Mary's University, Twickenham and UCL will help us to challenge these category stereotypes and transform the consumer mindset when it comes to the perceived barriers around periods and exercise."

The campaign comes as other feminine hygiene brands are trying to disrupt the category -- in particular HelloFlo, which brought comedy to periods.

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May 27, 2016
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
Jones + Tino
Production Company:
Global Brand Manager:
Martina Poulopati
SCA Feminine Hygiene
Marketing Director:
Nicola Coronado
Marketing Controller:
Traci Baxter
Bodyform UK
Creative Director:
Toby Allen
Creative Director:
Jim Hilson
Caio Giannella
Art Director:
Diego Oliveira
Agency Planner:
Sophie Lewis
Agency Planner:
Pippa Morris
Agency Account:
Sarah Douglas
Agency Account:
Tamara Klemich
Agency Account:
Anna Holloway
Agency Account:
Bogi Horvath
Agency Producer:
Edwina Dennison
Art Producer:
Kirstie Johnstone
Partnership Director:
Matthew Harrington
AMV Pulse
Bill Dunn
Gerard Crichlow
Media Agency:
Production Company:
Production Company:
AMV Flare
Jones + Tino
Ben Perry
Ed Bailey
Post Production:
Post Production Company:
AMV Flare
Adam Hinton

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