Celebrities: Are They Hurting Your Self-Esteem?
DISCOVERY GIRLS|Summer 2017
Celebrities: Are They Hurting Your Self-Esteem?

O kay, ’fess up…do you ever wish you could trade places with a movie star? Do you long for clothes like Bella Thorne’s, or hair like Taylor Swift’s? When you day dream, does it often involve you singing in front of hundreds of enthusiastic fans? If so, you’re not alone...

Pheobe Kitanidis

Many girls yearn to be like their favorite celebrities: rich and famous, gorgeous and glamorous. We hear it so often, it almost seems as though being a star is every girl’s biggest dream. And while we know that’s not so—girls do still dream of being doctors, teachers, scientists, or even the president— it’s hard not to worry that all this celebrity worship might really hurt some girls’ self-esteem. How many of us can constantly compare our lives—or our looks—to Zendaya’s and not feel dissatisfied? Fortunately, finding your balance again isn’t nearly as tough as breaking into showbiz. So before you compare yourself to Zendaya (again!) read this.

Zendaya. Bella. Taylor. Doesn’t it seem odd that so many of us are on a first-name basis with stars we’ll probably never meet? In our celebrity-crazy culture, you can open any gossip magazine and learn the “private” details of your favorite star’s life. But it wasn’t always this way. When your mom was a girl, stars just didn’t play as much of a role in girls’ lives. Before music videos, a singer’s looks weren’t so important…in fact, fans sometimes didn’t even know what their favorite singer looked like! Before the Internet, celebrity-watching was limited to a few magazines for music or movie fans, and everyone knew that becoming a star was next to impossible.

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Summer 2017