We all remember what we wanted to be when we were older. Like most girls my generation when I was younger I would dress up in all the Disney princess costumes and hope to one day find my prince charming. But unfortunately as I got older I slowly began to realise that was not a career I could achieve. I told my teachers I would become a vet as I love animals but deep down I wanted to be a pop star. Now being a young adult my career aspirations have changed again and I have begun to wonder why I ever wanted to be a celebrity.
Is it all that glamorous?
According to studies it turns out more people want to become famous Youtuber’s, actors or singers than they do Firefighters, astronauts and policemen. We may ask the question why this is but with the world becoming more obsessed with the celebrity culture the answer is simple. The rise of social media websites allow celebrities to post a lifestyle which is desirable and to promote themselves in the best possible light. Even though older generations may have desired to be film stars the problem with the younger generation is there are now so many ways to become famous. Many celebrity idols nowadays have become famous through reality television shows or video blogging, which some would say require no talent. Young people therefore believe they can earn lots of money in this way without getting the qualifications needed for law or medicine school.
But is this culture healthy?
You can’t turn on the TV now without seeing a new reality TV show being advertised. From Geordie Shore to the lavish cast of Made In Chelsea. It has never looked so easy to become famous. But the biggest problem of all this nonsense is young people are becoming so focused on becoming famous it affects their lives. If you compare photos of teenagers nowadays to a few years back there was never this pressure to post selfies on every social media website going. I am now 20 years old and can see the impact that social media and celebrity culture is having on young people. I think nearly everyone though is guilty of falling into this glamorised trap of believing celebs have this perfect lifestyle, I know even I will admit to copying celebrities fashion and going to places they go just to make it look to others that I too have a similar lifestyle to the famous. But we forget that on social media people only post aspects of what we think others want to see, everyone has lazy days but the use of editing tools means even when Kylie Jenner is ill she looks like she has just come from London fashion week. So basically, inspire, change the world, save lives but whatever you do don’t become another brainwashed celebrity, it isn’t all as it is made out to be!