Best. Movie. Ever.
I'd like to proudly admit that I do not follow any celebrities on various social media platforms, but that would be a big lie. Unless you have taken an internet sabbatical, you are well aware that almost all the Kardashian/Jenner clan is expecting. Or that Mylie Cyrus stopped twerking and started making pretty good music again.. After all, you do follow them on Snapchat, don't you?
Each day, society swells into a larger mass of some virtual version we consider to be actual life. With social media outlets being so damn addicting, almost everyone has a profile on some internet platform. But why is it that some celebrities are more interesting to follow than others? For the sake of this article, let me use my experience/obsession with Kylie Jenner and hopefully it will translate for whomever it is you can't seem to stop clicking on...
WE LOVE MAKEOVERS
Do you remember when Cher and Dionne took Tai under their wing? Or how about when Sandra Bullock gets made over into Gracie Lou Freebush and struts her ass out into a crowd of other FBI agents as this beautiful, new woman? As women, we love that makeover shit. The best movie scenes are makeover scenes. We've been raised on them (Cinderella, hello!) and Kyle Jenner's life is one long makeover scene that we can't seem to stop watching.
SHE IS OUR IDEA OF BEAUTY
Brava to those who have always been 100% confident in themselves. I laugh because I have never met a man or woman who hasn't wanted to change at least one thing about his or her body. Following up with the above statement, Kylie has evolved her look very precisely. If you don't want her lips, then you want her tiny waist, if not her waist, her perfectly tanned skin. We all admire at least one feature, real or artificial, of hers. And I see nothing wrong with altering your imagine, as long as it's something that you are doing for yourself and not for someone else.
SHE IS ALWAYS EVOLVING
People used to lose their minds when Madonna would reinvent herself. Now in the golden age of technology, we get to see people change their look every day. Where once a month we would pick up an Allure, Vogue, or Marie Claire to discover the latest in makeup and hair inspiration, we now go on Instagram and see it instantly. Celebrities are aware that they need to keep their fans interested by switching things up as time progresses. Kylie uses this technique to her advantage.
HER CHOICE IN MEN SUCKS
This is one of the reasons I am personally so fascinated with the youngest Jenner. She is so beautiful, has a booming makeup business, and the men she chooses to be with look like they crawled out of a gutter. It makes me feel like my past dating mistakes aren't really all that bad.
HER LIFE HAS NO PROBLEMS
I know that this is not factual. Everyone has problems. But for celebrities, their problems seem to always get handled much differently. This is appealing for the everyday person because it gives us hope that if we fuck up, we might just be ok. As a society, we view fame and fortune as a fix-it-all.
SHE IS THE RICHIER, MORE GLAMOROUS VERSION OF US
Because we follow her, it makes us feel like we are a part of her posse. When we follow our favorite celebrities, we gain a false sense of being a part of their world. We view celebrities as fabulous, glimmering versions of ourselves. We talk about celebrities like we went to high school with them. They have the upgraded versions of what we have.
It's no surprise that our society is becoming desensitized to many things we were once in awe of. But I write this post as a farce. All of this is unrealistic thinking. What you see/hear on the internet is only ever half of the truth, and I think we all need a reminder of that every once in awhile. That doesn't mean we can't grab inspiration from celebrities, I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Inspiration and aspirations are what make dreams come true. But making it by just being yourself is waaaaaaaay easier than trying be a copy of someone else.