Agency: Gotham NY


World War Seven’s Lizzy Born directs Maybelline’s latest campaign for its Instant Eraser Treatment Makeup, starring their new spokesperson, Mindy Kaling. The bold and funny film “Ma’am” promotes the beauty brand’s product with a wry sense of humor and, quite notably, is the venerable brand’s first-ever comedic campaign.

The commercial cleverly calls out the internal conflict real women face when it comes to aging on their own terms and encourages them to feel empowered while doing so. “Ma’am” puts a fresh perspective on a common aging stereotype: being called ma’am by someone younger – and the complex feelings that arise alongside it. Kaling’s famously quick wit takes center stage as she reacts with a well-structured response that organically weaves in her outlook on aging with her signature comedic charm.

This film pairs Born’s comedic chops with her keen eye for style and beauty. Also new for Maybelline is Born’s natural product shots, that zone in on the functionality, movement, and feeling of the product, making it instantly recognizable on the shelves by sparking visual familiarity and evoking the feeling of unapologetic self-assuredness that Kaling exudes in the commercial.

“Working with Mindy was a career highlight," says Born, describing her directorial process. “Her comedic writing and performances are so influential and singular; it was an honor to collaborate with her. With this Maybelline spot, we wanted to elevate traditional beauty advertising with a comedic perspective. The aim was for Mindy to confront the concept of aging beauty in a way that felt fresh and true to her.”

This professional campaign titled 'Ma’am' was published in United States in February, 2024. It was created for the brand: Maybelline, by ad agency: Gotham NY. This Digital and Direct media campaign is related to the Beauty industry and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted about 2 months ago.


Production: WW7
Director: Lizzy Born
EP: Sloane Skala & Josh Ferrazzano
Producer: Jonathan Dawes
PM: Dannikke Walkker
CC: Kelly Lamb
1st AD: Timothy Munoz
DP: Ismail Shallis
Camera Op: Ryan C. Spencer
Gaffer: Ryan Oppedisano
Key Grip: Henry Martinez
PD: Emma Rose Mead
Stylist: Molly Dickson
MU: Eva Kim
Manicurist: Zola Ganzorigt
Casting: Bill Bailey & Extra Extra Casting
Talent: Mindy Kaling

Agency: Gotham NY
HOP: Jen Pugliese
ECD: Andrew Tutko
CD: Lindsey Speirs
Director of Client Services: Andrea Lubel
Director of Global Brand Image: Jason Moses
Director of Talent Partnerships: Barrett Zinderman


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