South African woman unknowingly becomes international advert poster girl

South African woman unknowingly becomes international advert poster girl

- A South African author got the shock of her life when she saw her face on advertisements across the world

- Shubnum Khan's face appeared on McDonald's ads, dating websites and even false product reviews under different aliases online

- Khan unknowingly gave companies the right to use her photo on their adverts

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CNN reported Shubnum Khan's face appeared on different McDonald's advertisements in several countries, as well as on dating sites and immigration posters- the only thing is she was not paid a cent for the images, nor did she model for any of the advertisements.

Khan unknowingly gave permission for her face to be used on just about any advertisement- and she took to social media to share how it happened.

Writing on her official Twitter page, Khan explained she first saw an ad with her face on about six-years-ago.

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Khan added she did not mind being the poster girl for Canadian immigration, but soon her face appeared on dating sites, false product reviews and McDonald's adverts.

With the help of a friend, Khan managed to trace the root of the pics- a photoshoot she did years-ago. learned Khan was still a varsity student when she went for a 'free' shoot with a Cape Town photographer.

The small print that Khan and her friends disregarded gave the photographer the right to sell their photos as stock images which companies purchase to advertise their products or services.

After reverse searching the photos online, Khan discovered she was face of just about everything.

"It feels like I sell everything! If I'm not welcoming immigrants to Canada, I'm selling carpets in NYC, leading treks in Cambodia, or looking for love in France," she said.

Khan continued to provide a long list of products and services her face was used for before adding she was not paid for any of the ads. But, what really bothered her was the dishonesty of some of the adverts.

"Be clever. Be aware. Don't get caught up. I'm sure I could have made some money out of this, but instead I'm out there promoting acne cream while someone else gets the profits," she ended off her thread.

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