Email This Post HomeHumorReal Wendy vs Hot “Wendy” Commercial Girl Amy Vansant May 23, 2012 Humor 72 Comments I’m not a fast food kinda girl. That isn’t to say I’m against junk food, because I will buzz through a pile of Kit Kats like a chainsaw on its period. But even I noticed when Wendy’s commercials appeared on all my favorite channels. Other than drunken, 1AM conversations where I create the perfect fast food burger meal — Burger King burger, McDonald’s fries, Wendy’s Frosty (for the dunking of aforementioned fries) — Wendy’s had fallen off my radar. Then suddenly, there she was: the REAL Wendy, copper tresses neatly bobbed. Wendy Thomas, Dave’s little girl, was personally pushing me to buy Wendy’s burgers. I loved it. I felt warm and fuzzy, the way only memories of your mother weaseling her way out of cooking for the evening can. But with this warm glow came a creeping sadness. A serious flaw in the Wendy’s ad campaign refused to be ignored. Wendy Thomas had changed. “Where’s the Beef?” had been answered. Wendy Thomas was fat. I do not say that to be cruel, sitting here in my glass house. I’ve been known to shop in the husky aisle. And I am certainly not saying every pitch woman should have lips and tits that weigh more than the rest of her combined. But when you have a heavy-set woman representing the young, skinny, icon from your youth, gushing how a “Dave’s Hot and Juicy” burger will do you good, it is a little like a hollow-eyed drug addict touting the joys of heroin. It is impossible to not say, “Yeah, I used to be thin too, girl. But those damn burgers of your Dad’s fucked that up pretty good. I see he got you, too.” Real Wendy Video: But wait! No sooner had my soul twisted with guilt over noticing Ms. Thomas’ girth, before the hot redhead showed up. Almost before Wendy had a chance to finish waxing poetic about her late father, a young, cute, redhead appeared like morning dew on a drive-thru microphone stand. Adorable actress Morgan Smith Goodwin tacitly implied SHE was Wendy. She didn’t say she was “Wendy,” but if a dude showed up at McDonald’s with red hair, white face, and a vaguely “creepy uncle” air about him; you’d assume the poor bastard was Ronald for the day. “Now that’s better” – They mean the food, right? Wendy Thomas was the real Wendy. Morgan Smith Goodwin was the hot Wendy. I was left with the urge to draw a good witch/bad witch comparison, when the only crime committed by Ms. Thomas was to remind me I had aged and people who rocked out to Duran Duran with me were starting to need butt-lifts. I was being tested. My emotions hadn’t been toyed with like this since that cute boy who, much to my glee, ultimately peaked in 8th grade. What made me want to buy a Wendy’s burger? Nostalgia or sex appeal? Or had they pulled a rope-a-dope, drawing me in with substance and then attacking with the hot chick in case a young male lurked nearby? Fake Wendy Video: Why put the viewer in this predicament? If you want to go with nostalgia, go with nostalgia. Don’t undermine whatever impact it might have had by immediately following it with a commercial featuring a younger, hotter version of your nostalgic star. She can’t help but pale in comparison, and that just isn’t fair to her, or the money her Daddy’s company paid your stupid asses to create the commercials and buy the ad spots. Can we be happy remembering the square burgers of our childhood? Or do we want… NAY — do we NEED — to believe we can eat Wendy’s burgers forever and never gain an ounce? I dunno. Someone hand me a Frosty and some fries and let me chew on it. Author Recent Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Cover Reveal (again), Reading Poll + 4 ways to win a kindle - June 25, 2020 Why I shouldn’t be allowed to decorate cakes, book giveaways and deals! - June 16, 2020 New Series Cover and Synopsis Reveal, Big Beach Reads Giveaway & More Reads - June 10, 2020 72 Responses Brandon May 23, 2012 Heh, great minds think alike. I blogged about this a few days ago. You forgot one type of Wendy: Remember when the dudes donned the red pigtails? My favorite was grinning black-dude Wendy! Link is here: http://bit.ly/MGQfBI 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant May 23, 2012 Did you? I’ll go check it out! I remember the dudes, but I was going for a specific Wendy vs Wendy cage match type thing here… 🙂 3 likes Reply Brandon May 23, 2012 If there’s going to be some Wendy on Wendy action, I’d recommend Jello or baby oil. Real Wendy has a weight advantage, and you need something to even the odds. Maybe ‘dude’ Wendy can be the referee? 4 likes michael December 22, 2012 It’s not REAL vs HOT Wendy. That redhead isn’t really hot (in terms of tv hotness). it’s actually far more interesting and weird than the these meme. The redhead is so specifically cast and her character is almost defined by what she isn’t . She isn’t a friend of anyone in the scene, she just appears. She’s not a spokesman for Wendy’s, but she sure acts like it. She’s not skinny. She’s not chubby (little double-chin or weak chin) She’s not hot. She’s not ugly. 11 likes Reply Amy Vansant December 23, 2012 I don’t think she’s particularly “hot” either (and her character comes off absolutely bitchy in some of the commercials), but you wouldn’t believe the hits I get from people looking up “hot wendy” – clearly, she floats some people’s boats! 4 likes Quagmire December 31, 2012 You’re insane. Fake Wendy is smoking HOT, I’m currently rubbing out a giggity to her ads 20 likes Jim March 14, 2013 Whatta ya mean NOT HOT!!!! She is the HOTTEST!!! 11 likes Lance May 23, 2012 I prefer the more aethetically pleasing Wendy because she’s trying to sell me something. The real Wendy is guilt tripping into getting a Frosty. I prefer duplicity in my advertising. Its more honest, in a an ironic way. Think about that Alanis. 2 likes Reply Amy Vansant May 23, 2012 And nothing in that alanis song is actually ironic… is that ironic? Is your dad being a burger king (not THE burger king…) and not having “thin” genes ironic? Nah… just bad luck. Yummy yummy bad luck. 2 likes Reply arkay April 20, 2018 I prefer “aesthetically” pleasing. 0 likes Reply Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd May 23, 2012 I bet that was a strange conversation between the real Wendy and the marketing department. “You’re not ‘Wendy’ enough.” “But I AM Wendy.” “Yeah, but you’re not ‘Wendy-Wendy’ enough.” “Oh.” 6 likes Reply Amy Vansant May 24, 2012 Yeah, like saying “Sorry, ya lost it, kid.” 0 likes Reply Angel February 21, 2016 You got it!!!! 0 likes Jen May 23, 2012 I like the last comment. I can just imagine that conversation about Wendy not being “Wendy” enough and then a spiel about needing to appeal to a younger demographic. By the way, I rocked out to Duran Duran and have yet opted for a butt lift. I’m killing myself with Pilates and not looking too closely in the mirror. 2 likes Reply Amy Vansant May 24, 2012 I find avoiding the mirror is a BIG help. 1 likes Reply Stacey May 23, 2012 It’s nice to see I’m not the only one who noticed this. One day I saw the real Wendy commercial. The next week I saw hot Wendy and thought, “Oh, I see how it is.” 3 likes Reply Amy Vansant May 24, 2012 Life just isn’t fair, even if you get free Frosty’s for life. 0 likes Reply sean June 27, 2012 Ok, I am male dorkness at it’s worst. Morgan Smith Goodwin is freaking adorable. Now that I’ve outted myself as a total pig, but you know what? I liked seeing Wendy Thomas. I thought it was touching. I also totally knew that the Dave Thomas we saw in the ads was nothing like the Dave Thomas in real life. I’m pretty sure he was sick to the teeth of the “aww shucks” persona thingie. So, both good. 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant June 28, 2012 Just you and I are sick of pretending we’re awesome all the time. Exhausting, isn’t it? 1 likes Reply mark July 15, 2012 I rather look at Wendy that the burger king. 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant July 17, 2012 That’s a good point. That thing gives me THE CREEPS. 0 likes Reply Aston Gambino July 17, 2012 Have to admit I was also intrigued by the whole ‘Skinny Wendy vs Fat Wendy’ marketing. Half of me thinks this whole marketing campaign is a complete disaster. Like some bold marketing dude out of college proposed the Fat Wendy idea and despite being laughed out of the conference room, eventually the “it’s so crazy, it just might work” mentality won out, and after horrendous reviews, they were forced to rethink their strategy and roll out the skinny girl. And fire whoever it was who came up with that bold idea. But part of me thinks this campaign is quite clever. Fat Wendy isn’t marketing to everyone. She’s marketing to the old fashioned, the sentimental, and most likely, the overweight, of which 90% of the regular patron of the restaurant probably are. And Skinny Wendy, meanwhile, promotes the salads, and smoothies and all the other hipster shit that no one really eats, but does provide an attractive draw to the young demographic. It’s win-win. And all of me is wondering why the hell I’m this interested in a fast food campaign, which is when I realized … it is pretty clever after all. 🙂 7 likes Reply Amy Vansant July 17, 2012 I, sir, think that is the most perfect breakdown of the situation! Bravo! 4 likes Reply Bob Fairlane August 5, 2012 Every time I see Wendy Thomas I don’t think of burgers, I think of those big cans of cheetos from Costco. When I see the new Wendy, I think of a nice salad or a burger and small frosty. Yum. I think she’s really adorable, like the “real Wendy”, but much more sexually appealing. 😉 2 likes Reply Rob August 11, 2012 I don’t know, but if I could get an order of the hot Wendy’s girl, I don’t think I’d ever stop eating her 7 likes Reply Jenna August 18, 2012 I think the real Wendy is a crucial part of the decision making progress. I’m sure she’s totally on board with the new strategy. The objective is to make money. I bet she enjoys watching Morgan more, too. Too bad she’s fat. 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant August 18, 2012 Yeah, I think they’re just figuring everyone out there is going to connect to ONE of these chicks… covering their bases. 0 likes Reply Myxr August 28, 2012 Flo is where its at. Sorry. 2¢ 5 likes Reply Amy Vansant August 28, 2012 See, now my brother in law can’t STAND Flo. But they keep making commercials with her, so somebody likes her! They kept that AWFUL Burger King thing a long time too. Not sure who liked him. 0 likes Reply Myxr August 28, 2012 I saw on adweek a while back, hustler did their take on flo. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/hustler-does-x-rated-versions-your-favorite-ads-135393 Discount! 0 likes Scott September 18, 2012 I wish to have sex with young Wendy. She gets my vote. Memo to Wendy’s: The best way to sell your product to all age groups is to make the viewer want to dogpile your spokeswoman. Old Wendy does not achieve the desired effect. Do not put her in any more commercials. 4 likes Reply Ogre October 6, 2012 There is no Wendy Thomas. Her real name is something else, Wendy is just a nickname that Dave Thomas had had for his young ginger haired daughter. 1 likes Reply Spokker November 21, 2012 Real Wendy is the first time I’ve ever seen a fat person in a fast food commercial. To be honest, though, I’ve never seen *that* version on television. I see the fake Wendy version a lot. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 21, 2012 Hey, can I ask you how you found this article? I all of a sudden received 3000 hits on this yesterday all from facebook and I’m thinking someone with a hell of an audience must have posted a link to it… 1 likes Reply Spokker November 21, 2012 Tom Leykis posted it on his Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/tomleykisshow His Internet radio show: http://blowmeuptom.com/ 1 likes craig December 3, 2012 I was watching the new Wendy commercial and thought it’s funny how just a few weeks ago the upsided Wendy was in commercials and now it’s the small version (pun intended lol). So I googled it and this was the first hit Google gave me 1 likes Ronald King November 22, 2012 Tom Leykis from blowmeuptom.com the best internet radio show for guys in the world.Yes he does have a very big audience on the net.He loves living without annoying crumbcrunchers as do I.So glad I found your blog and will be visiting again as I love any women who have the guts to go against the perpetual societal programming to breed. 1 likes Reply Mike December 1, 2012 I googled “Who is the fake Wendy” and found this page. It’s interesting that a fast food company went ahead and used the real Wendy as their spokesperson for a little bit. It’s possible they thought people would connect with the real Wendy because of her identity, but I’m sure they had a plan b all along. They’re in the business of making money, and the advertising world seems like it can be pretty cruel. I hope that the real Wendy didn’t take it personally, but it’s got to feel pretty terrible to get replaced like that just because of her appearance. 4 likes Reply Amanda Huginkiss January 12, 2013 Has anyone else noticed her uncanny resemblance to Alyson Hannigan? 5 likes Reply Doug August 26, 2013 I did! 0 likes Reply Pete Genova January 25, 2013 Excellent and funny blog! I was thinking the same thing as you, did an internet search, and found it. (by the way, I rocked out to Duran Duran as well) But seriously, it says a lot about our view of women when the real Wendy Thomas (and Joan Osborne in the ‘One of Us’ video) cannot have their full figure shown on camera. It also reminds me of the Happy Days episode where different kids were brought in to play Mr. Cunningham’s kids for his hardware commercial. They didn’t ‘fit’. 0 likes Reply Ebeth January 25, 2013 Giggity giggity 0 likes Reply D March 3, 2013 I’m sorry, but this is kinda BS. Wendy Thomas is plump, but she’s not morbidly obese. She’s a normal looking woman in her early 50s, the female equivalent of her father as a spokesperson – a folksy,nice person you’d expect to represent a family restaurant. The actress, while sort of cute, is goddamn annoying. 11 likes Reply dakota May 10, 2013 Personally I like the Wendys double,does she know about the polymethoxylated silicone oil in those “natural” fries? The fact that they use some synthesized stuff like that so as to minimize foaming of the fryer oil! 1 likes Reply Kaitlyn May 14, 2013 Wendy was an overweight child too. The picture used for the logo shows her as chubby little girl in pigtails, and the people who made the logo actually made her thinner for better sales. 2 likes Reply Rob Bullock May 19, 2013 I for one don’t plan to be plum in my 50s, I plan to look like Tony Horton. 0 likes Reply Rob Bullock May 19, 2013 Plump, that is 🙂 http://facebook.com/beachfitrob 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant May 19, 2013 Darn I was thinking turning “plum” in your later years would be pretty… 1 likes Bryan Knepel July 6, 2013 Wendy Thomas Born Melinda Lou Thomas September 14, 1961 (age 51) Residence Upper Arlington, OH Nationality United States Other names Melinda Lou “Wendy” Morse Citizenship American Alma mater University of Florida Employer Wendys Known for Namesake of Wendy’s hamburger chain Home town Columbus, Ohio Spouse(s) Paul Morse Gary Floto (until his death) Parents Lorraine & Dave Thomas 6 likes Reply Shaun July 8, 2013 I like the real Wendy better, seemed honest and made me like the chain a little more. The new Wendy sucks and I don’t like how they pulled her ads due to her weight. She is worth 100 Million for crying out loud let her be the spokesperson. 4 likes Reply Billie Jones July 13, 2013 Wendy is NOT FAT she is healthy and a very pretty woman. I like the real Wendy she seemed honest, and out going and was a very pretty woman. 6 likes Reply George July 17, 2013 The new Wendy is distractingly hot. She makes vegans want to eat a burger. 3 likes Reply Ex-Emplyee July 22, 2013 Wendy’s International aka corperate is the hot Wendy. The real Wendy is Thomas 5 (Owned by Dave’s 5 children) which is the “franchise”. They are 2 seperate companies with different offices. Tomas 5 pays corperate to use the name. How messed up is that? 2 likes Reply Amy Vansant July 23, 2013 I didn’t know that – interesting… that explains why they had two commercials running simultaneously there for a while too! 1 likes Reply Samuel July 25, 2013 That “smoking hot” ginger lady with an obnoxious and obsessive is so annoying, I just want to punch her. That’s how much she sucks! 2 likes Reply Samuel July 25, 2013 *obnoxious and obsessive personality 2 likes Reply Amy Vansant July 25, 2013 I think she’s obnoxious too, but you would not BELIEVE the hits I get for “hot wendys girl” ! 1 likes Reply J November 14, 2013 My god I would fuck the shit out of new hot Wendy. 3 likes Reply Uncle Doc J November 30, 2013 I suppose it’s the same logic that drapes bikini-models over cars in car-magazines, before the mechanics go back home to their ‘Wendy Thomas’-lookin` wives 😛 3 likes Reply Brent January 5, 2014 Just not a good idea to use an overweight person to advertise a fast food restaurant… Just sayin’…. 2 likes Reply asian restaurant upper east side March 26, 2014 Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to return once again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people. 2 likes Reply George July 17, 2014 The burger babe is a lovely girl. She can sell me a burger and french my fries. She is the all american whole some girl next door. Nice to see a girl who is an awesome expression. Just wonderful. 2 likes Reply Sara Lin September 24, 2014 Get Ed Sheeran on your ads! Ed’s the best. 1 likes Reply ask March 20, 2015 Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back from now on. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice evening! 2 likes Reply matt March 30, 2015 I have not ate at wendy’s since the new wendy’s everyone forgets dave was a big boy but things went fine. I prefer the real wendy not the fake. Untill the real one comes back I will not eat at wendy’s. Also I want my fries back to way they were wendy if you happen across this. 3 likes Reply mikey May 14, 2015 fat wendy makes me wanna puke. gimme skinny wendy all day! 2 likes Reply jimbo May 31, 2015 Fake Wendy isn’t hot. She comes across as more sister like than girlfriend. No way this chick would give a hand job without wearing a latex glove. 1 likes Reply bob villa February 1, 2017 Big Wendy actually ate the smaller one in a very dark commercial that was never aired on television. It wasn’t even actually meant to be in the commercial. They were filing when Big Wendy wandered onto the set, hungry and irritated and overtook the Small Wendy, consuming her in one chomp. 2 likes Reply Tina December 23, 2017 Is it just me or does anyone else believe “hot Wendy” is a vegetarian? She NEVER actually consumes the food. And it’s quite noticeable. Find a spokes person that can eat the food. 2 likes Reply Roo April 13, 2018 I don’t have a clue about any Wendy’s comercials since “where’s the beef” aired during the 80’s, our tv blew up in 1984 and I have nt watched tv but a few times since, I looked up Wendy’s cuz I’m here at Wendy’s eatin and I noticed her picture has 5 freckles on each side of her face and was wonderin if there is some cool conspiracy stuff like a hidden code or like the ruffles underneath spell some secret society hidden word, 10 freckles, must be some sort of clue… 0 likes Reply Damon hynes August 9, 2018 Why not both? 0 likes Reply Albert Dickey September 23, 2018 I invented a joke: Q) How come you don’t see Wendy in any of the Wendy’s commercials any more? A) Because the Baconator! Seriously though, I wonder which employee or board member drew the short staw to have to break it to Wendy that she was hurting sales by appearing on commercials. 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!