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Get That Life: How I Became "Flo" From the Progressive Commercials
Take off the trademark headband and wash away a pound of makeup, and you might not recognize Flo, the super-peppy insurance cashier for Progressive. Her real name is Stephanie Courtney, a comedian and actress from Los Angeles who has taken the insurance world by storm. As Flo she was an overnight hit when Progressive introduced her in Four years later, she is one of the most recognizable characters in advertising. But did you know that you have probably seen her before?
You know her as the way-too-perky Progressive insurance pitchwoman, Flo, a character so recognizable she's been named one of the top female ad icons of all time , alongside Betty Crocker and Rosie the Riveter. But it took Stephanie Courtney years to get her big break as an actress. Rather than get discouraged, she just kept auditioning.
Flo is a fictional salesperson character appearing in more than commercials for Progressive Corporation , beginning in Portrayed by actress and comedian Stephanie Courtney , the character has developed a fan base on social networks and has become an iconic advertising mascot. The character debuted in through several television commercials and has since appeared in radio and print advertisements and web banners. Flo is a cashier and is recognizable by her extreme enthusiasm, name tag, sparkling white no-wrinkles uniform, upbeat personality, heavy makeup , and retro hairstyle.