Crotch shots. Rehab. Court dates. Jail. Redemption [failure]. Jail. This is the cycle of the modern day young celebrity. When I look at the array of celebrity role models [supposedly] for young girls to choose from there really isn’t much. It’s like going to a buffet [sorry I’m fat] & having to choose from a cheese sandwich, ketchup packets, & saltine crackers. What am I supposed to do with that? I want the chicken pesto, mac & cheese, the grilled veggies, the roasted potatoes, & that mouth watering cheesecake; the Jackie Onassis, the Lena Horne, the Audrey Hepburns. Instead I’m flooded with an overdose of Lindsey Lohans, Amanda Bynes, and even ratchet reality TV stars.
Now of course the formerly named ladies didn’t have YouTube & TMZ to worry about, but “Celebrity” used to describe one who seemed to have it all. Not only did they have it all, but you were happy for them, admired them, and were inspired by them. Women celebrities epitomized everything a lady was supposed to be: smart, creative, talented, hard working, beautiful, feminine, classy, successful, and yet with all of these, humble. You almost envied them. Clearly the majority of our modern day female celebs did not look up to the older ones because they don’t [even try] to embody any of these traits.
Speaking with a friend, she said something to the effect of, celebrity used to be just a byproduct of success; now it’s simply the driving force. Audrey Hepburn said it best: “There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl’s complexion.” It used to be that you loved to act/sing/write/politic/dance/[insert blank], you worked hard at your craft, you were blessed to do some projects and because of the success of your work, you happened to be famous & became a celebrity. Now, you wear next to nothing, do lines, take your talents [if you have any] for granted & “leak” sex tapes to boost your career. Now people want the aftermath without the work.
It’s bad enough that girls can’t find media images that physically represent them, but the people in the spotlight don’t even morally depict what girls should aspire to represent in the future. Yes we all dream of our names in lights sometimes, but not at the price of being a mess. What should define success is not how much you have, but really how much you give. All of the fame and hoopla should happen on its own.
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