C. Wright Mills discusses the power of fame in his book ” The Power Elite.” Most of the information he discusses refers to the latter half of the 20th century. Some of his main themes are carried over and evident into the 21st century with our present day celebrities.
C. Wright Mills states:
” There is no doubt that it is enormously more important to one’s prestige to have one’s picture on the cover of a truly big national magazine..”
C. Wright Mills is correct when he states that being on covers of magazines is an important part of the “celebrity job”. In saying this being a celebrity is a competitive sport and getting on those magazine covers are crucial to stay popular and hot. If a celebrity is not featured on magazines they are most likely not a hot ticket item and lower on the fame scale. It is a competition to be the best of the best and that is what fame is all about. This competition is what keeps celebrities and fame alive today. Without that motivation to be better, there would be no reason to try. Most of the time it is healthy competition but then there are cases where things get out of control.
These cases deal with fame whores. Defined by Urban Dictionary a fame whore is an individual who is willing to do anything, regardless of how humiliating or demeaning, to achieve notoriety. Such people will do anything to get people’s attention. ( In which will be publicized on magazine covers.)
Here are a few examples: