Lee Hyori still the CF Queen

Lee Hyori in a soju commercial ad

Well no wonder. I still think Lee Hyori is one of the most talented singer of the Korean pop scene. Lee Hyori (이효리 in Korean) is a South Korean singer and actress that started off as part of a girl group Fin.K.L. and then later became a solo artist.

2008 MKMF Lee Hyori with Big Bang

In some cases, the company will ask the star to re-sign for another term. However, re-signing of contracts never exceeds more than two or three times for most celebrities. But then again, Lee Hyori is not just your average celebrity. After eight years (ten if you count her FINK.L days) she is still dubbed the “CF Queen”.

The best example of Lee being a powerhouse in the CF industry is her contract with the soju brand, Like The First Time. Lee Hyori’s hold on the liquor advertisement realm has not weakened after ten long years. She broke the record that she herself had set by re-signing with the company for the sixth time. A Like, The First Time official said, that the pop star not only raised brand awareness, but increased overall sales.

After all these years, the new and re-signing offers are still rolling in. This is even after all the plagiarism controversies over her latest album. Related officials from the advertisement market are saying there’s no star that can take her place and that she’s still the number one choice for most companies. If you do the math, Lee has earned over five billion won this year alone.

Currently, the singer has her toe dipped in several sectors: liquor, food, beverage, sports, home appliances, and fashion. It’s hard to say how many deals she has in total because there are a number of pending contracts that haven’t been officially announced. So far though, seven different contracts have been confirmed. At least two to three are almost guaranteed to be added to the list by the end of this year.

An advertisement insider shared that a star is considered to be a long-term CF model if they can pass the three year mark. However, in Lee Hyori’s case, she’s not only passing the eight year mark, but she’s spent those eight years as one of the cream of the crop CF faces. Whether there’s bad press or good press, the diva has her own unique charm that has kept her in the game for this long. He added that it’s almost entertaining for liquor companies to all sit back and watch, to see how much longer she’s going to stay on top.

source: KBS News


About Princess Hyori
I am just a girl living in a really strange and unfair world. But I am trying to do my best to be happy and contented with my life.

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