Whom do you consider to be a celebrity? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a celebrity is “a widely known person.” I’m a bit more picky in my take on the definition—there are so many “celebrity wannabes” that I think the term gets watered down.
When I think of celebrity, I think of the word’s root and the “celebrating” of a person. If I really reflect on it, a celebrity (to me) is someone who’s well known but also likable, interesting, and has that “cool” factor—someone who’d be fascinating to talk to but with whom you can relate. Under my more restrictive definition, in my book some celebrities (i.e. Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan) wouldn’t technically qualify to be celebrities, while others (Natalie Portman and Jennifer Garner) would. I’m sure the editors of People magazine—and many of you reading this as well—would disagree! But when I think of celebrating someone, from my perspective, some stars have qualities I celebrate and value, while others do not. However, I admit that my view of certain celebrities could simply be because they have better or worse PR reps than others—it’s a rare person who gets to see stars face to face and know what they’re truly like when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Two local celebrities who’ve been lucky enough to meet Hollywood stars and glam up for the red carpet include myTalk 107’s Lori and Julia. They’ll be broadcasting live from CobornsDelivers’ open house on February 25 from 3 pm to 7 pm. I’d love to hear what they think about celebrity and its parameters, especially since they’ve had the opportunity to meet stars in their line of work.
Speaking of which, there are many levels of celebrity, if you look at it broadly—local and national celebrities, “A listers” and “B listers.” But I think the one thing we all have in common, whether we appear in People magazine or not, is that we want to be someone who is celebrated, whether we’re well known to the world, or just to our nearest and dearest family and friends.