Essay on How Celebrity Fashion Affects Teen's Self Image

792 Words Jan 18th, 2012 4 Pages
Teenagers often turn to their favorite celebrities for guidance in their everyday lives. Celebrities have become mainstream role models for teens as their images and lifestyles are normally advertised across television, movies, magazines, and all throughout pop culture. Teens that try to emulate their favorite celebrities may select good or bad role models that can be positive or negative for them (www.child.net). Problems with teens linked to celebrities include teen behaviors resulting in celebrity influence and self esteem and body image issues for teens. Celebrity fashion also plays a role in the behavior of teenagers. It can make a teen look older than he/she really is and can even make them self conscious.

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If the teens that look up to her as a role model were to hear one of her songs full of sexually explicit lyrics, then that young girl would think that its okay to do those acts because she wants to be just like her. Artists use music as a portal to reach out to their fans, but what they fail to realize is that some of those fans take their lyrics to the heart. In some of their music, they even talk about how they prefer their women or men to be a certain skin complexion, wear certain labels, or even be a certain size. Just by hearing these preferences, some teens may feel as if they aren’t good enough so they may attempt to change themselves to feel as if they meet their favorite celebrities’ standards. One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies." This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen (National Institute of Media and Health).

There are many different reasons why young people are forced to be influenced by celebrities. One of the main reasons is because they feel as if celebrities understand them better than anyone else, especially their parents. Teens normally like to have a role model they can turn to for how to dress, look and act. They think that if were as thin as some of them, then that particular outfit would look great on them. What they actually fail to realize, is that some of…

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