We live in an age where celebrities are idolised. Celebrities cannot go anywhere without getting swarmed by paparazzi. They are constantly being watched and incidentally copied by eager fans.
The question is, “do celebrity figures influence the way people behave?” I think, in short, that the answer most definitely is yes.
For instance, if Jennifer Anniston is seen wearing the new styles, the common people, for want of a better word, will want to wear what the famous celebrity is wearing. It is only natural that people thing that it is cool to wear something that a celebrity has been seen in.
However, this kind of publicity can not necessary be good. Take, for instance, a celebrity magazine.
Celebrities will only be shown in fashion magazines after being airbrushed and having loads of makeup put on them as well as wearing the high end designer clothes. This then means that the most people cannot afford what they are wearing and it makes people feel like a failure. The creation of ‘size zero models’ is unwise because it just makes people want to be thin/look good even more. What is more, it is showing off just how unhealthily thin they actually are Or take catwalks as an example.
To go on the catwalk, there are huge pressures about being stick thin. Some people live on ridiculous diets such as an apple or a cereal bar for a day. Not only is this unhealthy for them, but also for the people who are watching. This is because teenage girls and young women are constantly trying to look good. When they see the stick thin models on the catwalk, they feel pressurised into going to extreme lengths to become thin. Some people become anorexic due to the extreme pressures usually felt by teenage girls.
Anorexia is a psychiatric illness that describes an eating disorder characterised by extremely low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Individuals with anorexia are known to control body weight commonly through the means of voluntary starvation, excessive exercise, or other weight control measures. This is not fair that for people to be almost ‘forced’ to lose weight and look good just because the catwalk will only show the very small population who are stick thin and waist less.
On a more positive note, Jamie Oliver is living proof that celebrities can influence the way people behave. He has lead many campaigns for healthier food in schools and they have worked. He successfully removed ‘Turkey Twizzlers’ from schools in his initiative called, ‘Jamie’s School Diners’. He has tried to introduce healthier foods into schools and by doing this has directly improved their way of living. The fact that people can link the celebrity Jamie Oliver to healthy eating makes them feel more inclined to eat healthy outside of school. This is vital because Jamie can only make a difference at school, so if at home they were eating so called ‘junk food’ the whole idea is pointless.
As you can see from this essay, celebrities can influence the way people behave. Whether it is a magazine telling you what to wear, or a celebrity chef telling you to eat healthily, every action taken by celebrities are usually copied by eager fans, praising their ‘Messiah’.