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Amber Rose and JWT Spoof Luxury Ads for a Very Worthy Reason

The Sweet Shop’s Melanie Bridge highlights tampon tax in film for Period Equity

Amber Rose and JWT Spoof Luxury Ads for a Very Worthy Reason

Today, 36 of the U.S. states still collect sales tax on tampons and pads. By failing to classify menstrual products as a necessity, and denying them an exemption from sales tax, these states have effectively deemed periods a luxury.

To shed light on this unfair and discriminatory practice, Period Equity – a national law and policy organisation dedicated to advancing menstrual access, affordability and safety – launches a tongue-in-cheek campaign that lampoons the tax by featuring diamond-encrusted jewellery pieces that are actually tampon holders.

The campaign, created by J. Walter Thompson New York and produced by The Sweet Shop, features a glamorous Amber Rose lounging on a chaise and proudly wearing a luxurious neck pendant. The sophisticated film draws viewers into her world before revealing, in a dramatic twist, that the necklace is actually a tampon holder. The bold question she poses: “Where else would you keep something that 36 states tax like a luxury?”

It will launch at Amber Rose’s OPENed Women’s Conference and annual SlutWalk on September 30 in Los Angeles. 

“We were thrilled to collaborate on this project with JWT and Amber Rose. There’s a long road ahead in the fight for safe and accessible menstrual products for all, as well as encouraging open, shame-free conversation around periods. This campaign, coupled with Amber’s unflinchingly strong voice on gender issues, is a smart approach to drumming up much needed discourse, and calling for systemic change as well,” said Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Co-founder of Period Equity and author of a new book, Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity. 

“The fact that most states still view tampons as a ‘luxury’ is another example of the gender inequality in this country that both the SlutWalk and OPENed Women’s Conference aim to combat,” said women’s issues advocate and public figure Amber Rose. “What I love about this campaign is its sarcastic, unedited realness.  It was an honour to be a part of and I hope the message, and the beautiful necklaces, grab people’s attention to help get this ridiculous tax overturned.”

“This tax targets half of the population, and many don’t even realise that the majority of states have it,” said Sarah Barclay, Executive Creative Director, J. Walter Thompson New York. “So we wanted an idea that was so absurd, it couldn’t be ignored, and could help to ignite legislative action.”

The PSA, directed by Melanie Bridge, features 3 stunningly bejewelled tampon holder necklaces exclusively designed by high-end jewellers in satirical luxury. The designers include; Ilaria Lanzoni, head designer of Hearts on Fire, celebrity jeweller Jade Trau and Kevin Grey, a multi-award winning silversmith. 

Melanie Bridge, Director at The Sweet Shop said, “The tax on menstrual hygiene products is unacceptable in my mind, and this is a project I wanted to be behind. Amber is not only striking and dynamic, but she’s also a celebrity who puts her money where her mouth is in terms of standing up for women and defending their rights. She’s a person who knows how to use her influence in today’s world."

The campaign consists of a tongue-in-cheek PSA, digital and social components, and the 3 exclusively crafted gold, silver and diamond necklaces. 
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Brand: Period Equity

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: J. Walter Thompson New York

Copywriter: Danielle White, Christopher Phillips

Producer: Gillian Blain

Executive Creative Director: Sarah Barclay

President: Claire Capeci

Planning Director: Marina Pen

head of production: Anthony Nelson

Project manager: Drazen Kupres

Creative director: Yana Hunt

Account manager: Adaire Carey

Production Company

Production Company: The Sweet Shop

Executive Producer: Laura Thoel

Director: Melanie Bridge

DOP: Danny Ruhlmann

Producer: Carolyn Pedrossian (Bidding)

Photographer : Howard Wise

Line Producer: Michelle Stark

Production Designer: Erin Dallesandro


Edit Company: Beast

Editor: Lindsey Nadolski

Executive Producer: Melissa Lubin

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Sofie Borup

Grade: Company 3


Music Supervision: Mike Perri

Executive Producer: Michelle Curran

Audio Post Production: Heard City

Sound Engineer: Jodi Levine

Music Production: Amber Music

Creative Director: Michelle Curran

Category: Associations , Corporate and social

Genre: Comedy , Luxury , People