Celebrity Influence on Youth Culture
In the 21st century most teens look up to celebrities to make sure they are in the correct trends, and looking skinny enough to be categorized as ‘pretty’. Teenagers are very easily influenced by friends, family, and media. All of these categories can have a positive and negative impact on a teenager’s life. In this research essay I will prove that a substantial factor that affects youth culture is celebrities through a negative approach.
Point 1: Celebrity influence on the way teens look
To start off, celebrities have a huge impact on the way teens see themselves. In this century teens want to look as skinny as the most popular movie star, or model. Victoria’s Secret models are skinny, and pretty… which is what most teenage girls would die to look like. These models have a negative impact on teens because teens will go through anything to look exactly like models like Miranda Kerr and Kylie Bisutti. Kylie Bisutti was 19 years old when she started modeling for Victoria’s Secret. She absolutely loved modeling but decided “to leave Victoria’s Secret because it clashes with her Christian beliefs.” (Abbey, 2012) This is not the only reason she decided to leave Victoria’s Secret, but also because she noticed how badly her modeling career impacted her 8 year old cousin. “I was doing my makeup in the mirror one day and she was watching me,” Bisutti said. “She looked at me and was like, ‘You know, I think I want to stop eating so I can look like you.”’ (Abbey, 2012) This is a perfect example of what other girls at the age of only 8 are already thinking about themselves. Younger girls who have got the idea that stick thin is healthy are most likely going to grow up being insecure, and struggling with eating disorders. In society, we see so many people saying ‘I want to be skinny’ but these people never realize that being stick thin is unhealthy, and that instead of saying ‘I want a flat stomach’ they should be...