How Celebrity Fashion Affects Teen's Self Image

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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 ( 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.

In 1998, the Canadian Council on Social Development did a study that concluded the number of girls that “have confidence in themselves” dropped steadily from 72% in grade six to 55% in grade 10. They also said that one out of three girls changed something about their appearance to resemble a character on television (Media Awareness Network). For example, whenever a girl is watching television and she sees a video of her favorite celebrity wearing a provocative outfit, the first thought that comes to her mind is that she wants to be like her. Younger girls even go to the extent of looking older to emulate their favorite celebrity. Throughout the years, the fashion industry has begun to use younger and younger models, now even presenting pre teens as if they were women (Media Awareness Network).

If one were to flip through a fashion magazine today, they would find young ladies dressed in women-like clothing that are more likely to be imitated by young girls. Not only do media outlets portray celebrities to young people, but electronics play a part as well; music being the key factor. Music that a celebrity creates also influences a teen’s behavior. If one were to listen to an artist whose music is full of profanity and vulgar language, more than...
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