How Celebrities Influence Us

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Our society is largely influenced by celebrity and entertainment figures. These figures can be extremely powerful in influencing individuals. Celebrities can influence beliefs, behaviors and interests, and this influence can start at an early age. A lot of children and teens want to emulate and imitate their celebrity icons.

This obsession with the celebrity may have started in the early 1900s when the entertainment industry began to really take off. At this time, we saw a lot of Americans becoming infatuated with that era’s celebrities, with that infatuation continuing to the present day.

Interestingly the celebrity influence over fashion seems to extend back to the 17th century and Louis XIV and his interest in clothing. In modern day, celebrities are fashion trendsetters. The media covers who is wearing which designer on the red carpet, to the latest movies and more.

Celebrities in the entertainment industry — especially women — are pressured to look very thin. Unfortunately, since many people want to emulate celebrities, this pressure to be thin can have impacts on body image perceptions. Because so many of us want to look like celebrities, we may often try to maintain or obtain an unrealistic body type.

Interestingly, in the past few years, we have seen an increase of celebrities who have started to use their influence within the political arenas. For instance, we saw Oprah Winfrey endorse then-candidate Barack Obama in a presidential election. We have also seen many other celebrities backing or endorsing political candidates, as well as lending their names to political causes and movements.

Celebrity influence

1977 issue of Celebrity

 

Everyone knows that just about every celebrity has been on the news or in magazines at some point or another.  Sadly every thing these days focuses on celebrities.  There are many more celebrity magazines produced then any other magazines out there. Unfortunately any news that pertains to celebrities will more often then not be on the news first rather then that of some world event.

We put celebrities high up on a platform and look up to them.  When they make mistakes that are only human we look down upon them.   Celebrity influence goes back for many years.  In this world celebrities to most is like gods.  Most people become absorbed by the lives of celebrities.  Some people begin to feel a close connection to their celebrity of choice if they can relate to the celebrity from some aspect of their own life.  Then once they feel this connection they simply want to learn more about the celebrity as if they were making a new friend.

When we watch television we see the celebrities all dressed up and looking glamours.  They might drive a nice car, have a gorgeous house ect, but what most of don’t realize is that all of these costly things come with a price tag.

Sometimes we get so obsessed with the way the celebrities live their lives that more often then not a person may want to follow in ones footsteps, so in reality celebrities influence us.

Amongst people we all have a common denominator, and that is celebrities.

Places to View Celebrity Style

Styles and fashion are constantly changing. It can be tough to try and keep up with what the celebrities are wearing if you don’t keep a close eye on things. You can’t spend all of your time watching television fashion shows to give you some idea of what you should be wearing when you walk out the door. Try to find ways to look through photos to find just the information that you need.

One of the easiest ways to get a clear idea of style is checking out magazines. You don’t have to read a high fashion magazine to see what everyone is wearing. Even in the gossip publications you can see what items are the “must-haves” for the upcoming season. As you look through the pages you may notice that the magazines also have tip sheets for hair, makeup and clothing to check out.

The Internet is constantly being updated with the latest photos of celebrities going out to dinner, shopping, and even filling their cars up with gas. You can easily pull up the latest photos and skim through them. If you see a common thread, like the several people all wearing the same style shoes, the same color purse, or even the same style of pants you know that this is a current trend and you want to get on board as quickly as possible.

Making Fashion Choices Based on Pop Culture

Pop culture gives us a measuring stick for where we stand in our fashion choices. Actors, musicians, models and even athletes often set the standard for our fashion trends. Celebrities are in front of cameras all the time, so they dress to appeal to the masses. It’s safe to say that when the masses copy these celebrities, they collectively hold up and perpetuate fashion trends. Whether you copied Madonna’s clothing choices as a teenager or Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle in young adulthood, making fashion choices based on pop culture is a common societal theme.

Where Pop Culture Fashion Trends Originate

Many fashion trends start with the mind of a single person. A fashion designer might decide that the model should wear a lace scarf in her hair. The model walks the runway. Photographers snap photos. People view the pictures in magazines. The next thing you know, celebrities are carrying on the trend and the general public follows suit. A simple and creative idea of one person is then spread to the masses.

The Impact of Television and Movies on Fashion Choices

When you watch your favorite television show, you may not be tuned in to the fashion attire of your favorite actress. Still, the next time you’re out shopping, you might find yourself looking for the skinny jeans or cute shoes she was wearing.

Likewise, some movies evoke strong sentiments. A handsome man falls in love with a woman with a unique fashion sense. Subconsciously, you might decide that dressing like this woman might help you attract a handsome man. If you’re generally interested in fashion, you might have an avid interest in seeking out the clothes, hairstyles and accessories you see in television shows and movies.

Pop culture impacts our fashion choices whether we like it or not. The creative genius of one person impacts the daily attire of the masses.

Should You Dress Like Your Favorite Celebrity?

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Celebrities are common fashion icons in society. Their wealth and fame allows them to invest in the latest fashion trends. Watching your favorite celebrity walk the red carpet is a perfect opportunity to check out the latest colors, materials, hairstyles and accessories. You also get the benefit of fashion commentators who enlighten you about the fashion trends that do and do not work. As fun and exciting as all of this is, should you dress like your favorite celebrity?

The Night and Day of Celebrity Life

The reality is that many famous celebrities have an entire team devoted to getting them ready for their special appearances. Famous designers send them their best clothes. Jewelry designers use the opportunity to showcase their latest work. The red carpet celebrity fashion show is just as much about marketing and sales as it is about creating an attractive image and hours of engaging television for viewers. Many celebrities who are caught off-guard walking the streets, running their errands actually look and dress like your everyday person, minus all of the glamour.

The Eccentric Celebrity

And then you have the eccentric celebrity. She is the one who dresses outlandishly on purpose at all times to attract attention. Her goal in dressing the way that she does is to avoid blending in. Dressing like everyone else runs counter to her personality. If you’re drawn to such a personality, you are possibly driven by the same desires. In mimicking the fashion choices of the eccentric celebrity, you have to be prepared to stick out like a sore thumb in some everyday situations.

The Average Celebrity

Unless your life is filled with glamorous events, you will probably want to observe the normal daytime and evening attire of your favorite celebrity. Is she near your age and does she have a similar build to you? These are all factors to consider when copying the fashion choices of your favorite celebrity. Just be sure that your fashion choices look good on you, and you will have little to worry about.

Dressing Up No Less Than a Celebrity

Dressing up as a celebrity is not a hard task, especially when you have the right accessory and clothing to mix and match. If you have any party or celebration coming up and you want to dress ‘the best’, you don’t need expensive Gucci or Versace to complete your look. Of course, an expensive item or two in your closet won’t harm but you need not splurge every bit of your hard earned money.

The trick to dress in different style is to keep reinventing yourself. Keep mixing your outfit with various accessories like scarves, necklaces, bangles and others. This will keep you looking fresh and enthrall your onlookers. If you run out of ideas, peer into recent fashion magazine trends for inspiration. Every major fashion magazine like Cosmopolitan or Vogue publishes tips on looking savvier for less expense. Best way is to subscribe to certain online fashion websites and magazine. Every issue will contain beneficial tips and tricks.

Some fashion magazines also publish special sections on specific affordable websites and stores to frequent. Keep track of latest celebrity trends and take inspiration from their style and incorporate into your own style statement. Of course, the cost of clothes and accessories are going to be high but if you are a smart shopper and know the best places to get lucrative discounts, you can dress like a celebrity too! However, don’t turn into copycats. You don’t have to copy each and every style statement just because your favorite celebrity is donning it.

Find the right balance between your own style and what various fashion magazines suggest. Your personal style should reflect your personality and should leave an imprint of your essence. Make sure that you are projecting a right image of yourself. For regular purchase at discounted price, contact some local boutiques and ask them to find clothes of your choice.