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What is a celebrity?

A celebrity, also referred to as a celeb in popular culture, is a person who has a prominent profile in the media and is easily recognized. Celebrity status might be associated with certain professions and frequent appearances in the media. It can arise as a result of career planning but it can also arise by accident or as a result of infamy.

Careers that produce celebrity

Some professional activities, being highly paid, exposed and in which it is difficult to excel are likely to confer celebrity status in themselves. For example, movie stars and television actors with lead roles in prominently scheduled shows are likely to become celebrities. High-rankingpoliticians, businessmen, national television reporters, radio personalities, daytime television show hosts, “supermodels”,[3] successfulathletes, porn stars and chart-topping musicians are also likely to become celebrities. A few humanitarian leaders such as Mother Teresa have even achieved fame because of their charitable work. Some people have achieved fame online and thus are Internet celebrities.

While some film and theatre directors, producers, fashion designers, artists, authors, trial lawyers, scientists, journalists and dancers have achieved celebrity status, celebrity is not necessary to success in these fields and in general they are less noted than actors of equal professional importance to the business.

Celebrity Families

Another example of celebrity is a family that has notable ancestors or is known for its wealth. Examples are the Kennedy, Windsor, Osbourne,Chaplin, Barrymore, Hilton, Bush and Jackson families.

Celebrity and Social Networking

Celebrities have been flocking to social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. Social networking sites allow celebrities to communicate directly with their fans, removing the middle-man known as traditional media. Social media humanizes celebrities in a way that arouses public fascination as evident by the success of magazines such as Us Weekly and People Weekly. Social media sites have even catapulted some to fame. Tila Tequila for example, shot to stardom on MySpace.

Other types of celebrities: Mass Media Phenomenons, Regional and Cultural Celebrities, 15 Minutes of Fame and Celebrities at Law

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