The Self-Exam Mannequin

March 2021


Breast self-exam (BSE), if performed regularly, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a massive, more than 40% fall-back in diagnosing and treating breast cancer patients in Brazil.

When the re-open took place in one of the biggest shopping malls in Sao Paolo, Tietê Plaza, we set up special mannequins in the most important international and local fashion stores: mannequins doing breast-self examinations.

We displayed these mannequins in dozens of different stores during Pink October – the breast awareness month. The mannequins caught the attention of shoppers. In the changing rooms of the stores we also applied detailed guides and instructions on how to perform breast self-examination properly.

During the Pink October these mannequins were exposed to more than 700 000 people in the shopping mall, and caught the attention of traditional media channels. It resulted 1,2 M USD in earned media, and 55% increase in followers and 3,7 M social media impressions. This special activation helped women to realize the importance of doing breast self-examination, even during the hard and stressful times of the pandemic.

Outdoor advertisement created by White Rabbit, Brazil for Tietê Plaza Shopping, within the categories: Public Interest, NGO, Retail Services.

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