Kardashian’s hubby Lamar Odom was traded by the Lakers this weekend to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million. Many have criticized Odom for mixing Sport and Entertainment as he starred in the couples E! show “Khloe and Lamar” this past year. Kobe Bryant had many positive things to say about him: “You’re talking about the sixth man of the year last year,” Bryant said of Odom. “He played lights-out. I don’t understand the criticism of reality shows and this. I don’t get that. He had his best season last year, clearly wasn’t a distraction, played his (rear) off. I don’t get where that comes from.” Many were joking on social networks that the Kardashians were the reason the deal was on hold when it was first revealed Thursday. Khloe tells a Twitter follower, “”We are all sad but positive energy gets you farther then negative”. Can a Kardashian thrive anywhere other than LA or NYC!? Looks like we will find out!
I don’t think that celebrity always = power. Many celebrities come and go out of the public eye just as fast as they became celebrities. It could be argued that anyone from a well-known actor to the president of the United States is a celebrity. The well-known actor is only a provider of entertainment and nothing beyond that. However, the President of the United States clearly holds a lot of power. I think that there are only a small number of powerful celebrities. Power seems to derive from money and history. If your family has been historically in the spotlight, you are more likely to have power than the well-known actor. Also, if you have large sums of money you tend to be more powerful. For example, the Kardashians grew into their celebrity “power” because of their father. Many years have passed since his death, but his family is still thriving off of his publicity. I also believe that power is based off of how much publicity you receive. If you think of the number one person you saw in the magazines and on TV this year, odds are it’s one of the Kardashians. Whether they created all of this publicity themselves or not they are still in the forefront of the public eye. Another celebrity I feel has power is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah has been on the Forbes list for many years now, and her celebrity power continues to grow with her publicity. The difference between the Kardashian power and the Winfrey power is their drive to use that power. The Kardashians are using their power for their own good and publicity. They exploit their marriages, pregnancies, and anything else that can keep them in the spotlight. Oprah on the other hand has set up schools, created foundations, and used her money for the good of other people. Unfortunately celebrities will use their power and money how they see fit, but no matter what they do they will still have that money, publicity, and stardom to have the celebrity power.
Well, for Gwyneth, Jennifer, Zoe, and Nikki, literally, but many other celebrities are jumping on the “go green” bandwagon!
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett says she’s been going green since she was a kid, and now she recycles virtually everything! She constantly donates her son’s old clothes and even her own. Wilkinson-Baskett says, “I donate to women’s shelters all the time. I’m a huge advocate for donating. I love to donate.”
Grey’s Anatomy star, Kim Raver is very adement about getting everyone to go green, and so much so that she gets herself worked up about it! Raver says, “…I do have a couple pet peeves, like when I see someone’s car idling and they’re just waiting for someone gets me crazy!” She says she began her green movement when she had kids and wanted to provide a safe and healthy environment for them.
“The prestige of the businessman is measured less by his wealth or his income- although, of course, they are important0 than by the size of his business.” -C. Wright Mills (84)
Ralph Lauren has gone above and beyond the goals that he has wanted to achieve as a designer. He has created a $10 billion clothing line, but as C. Wright Mills states the businessman is not prestigious based on his wealth. He is prestigious based on the size of his business. And it is safe to say the Ralph Lauren industry is far from small. He has many well known brands such as: Polo, Ralph Lauren Purple, Black, and Blue Label, Lauren, RLX, and Chaps. His brands sell at high end department stores such as Macy’s and Dillard’s, and the retail channels “which consists of sales through Polo’s company-owned specialty stores, consisting of about 80 Ralph Lauren shops, over 160 Polo factory stores, 70 Club Monaco stores, a handful of Rugby shops, and over 100 international locations“. Ralph Lauren is also an official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams for London 2012.
C. Wright Mills states that, “This is the queen-the all-American-girl-who, whether she be debutante or fashion model or professional entertainer, sets the images of appearance and conduct which are imitated down the national hierarchy of glamour…” (81).
And he couldn’t be any more correct. The images of appearance these days are set by none other than the Victoria’s. Beckham and the angels, that is. Every year the Victoria’s Secret Angels grace the runway in their wings, that we can’t imagine their tiny bodies can even hold up! These fashion models have the body a normal, healthy girl can only dream of having. In the same day Victoria Beckham graces the news stand as the fabulously chic AND thin former Spice Girl and wife of soccer superstar David Beckham. As if girls around the world wouldn’t want to be her already, just for that reason, she is setting trends for glamour as a professional entertainer. Girls are getting the idea that you must look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel or Victoria Beckham, because that is what is in these days and that is what will get you fame.
And you thought they would be out of the lime light for even two weeks? Think again! Just as Kim’s divorce news simmers down, Kourtney ironically reveals that she’s pregnant! This will be the second child for Kourtney and her long time boyfriend, Scott Disick. Their first child, Mason is said to make approximately $3,000 per episode when he is shown on “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”. Another money maker for the Kardashians? Well that must sound perfect to mom and manager, Kris Jenner, and the rest of the clan! Seems to me the Kardashian’s have their timing down pat. Love them or hate them, you clearly can’t escape them, so you might as well keep up with the Kardashian’s!
“In America, this system is carried to the point where a man who can knock a small white ball into a series of holes in the ground with more efficiency and skill than anyone else there-by gains social access to the President of the United States.” -C. Wright Mills (74)
In the case of Tiger Woods this could not be more true. The man who for many years was the top golfer in the world, until he hit rock bottom with a scandal. Which of course, was broadcasted all over the world on many venues and virtually all news stations, just because he is the Tiger Woods. But now that his scandal has faded, he is out to be back on top of the golfing world once again. Will he grace the covers of Golf Digest with President Obama again this January?
“In the world of celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of decent and even of great wealth.” -C. Wright Mills (73)
Think publicity and more than likely you will think Kardashians. The Kardashians, yes every single one of them, have had more publicity than probably any other public figure in the last two years. They are everywhere-gracing the covers of magazines, staring in popular reality television shows, putting out clothing lines, and scents, you name it! They are an empire that just keeps growing. Kourtney has recently confirmed the news of another baby, just as the news of Kim’s divorce to basketball star dies down. They are full of publicity stunts, and you better believe that this is just the beginning. Younger step-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner are making their way into the limelight and I’m sure it won’t be long until they fall right into the footsteps of their older sisters, Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim! Their publicity is causing them to become the epitome of the word celebrity.
C. Wright Mills states that, “Members of the power elite are celebrated because of the positions they occupy and the decisions they command. They are celebrities because they have prestige, and they have prestige because they are thought to have power or wealth” (83).
Anna Wintour is a prime example of a power elite who has gained prestige, power, and wealth. She has gained this by being the editor-in-chief of Vogue. She has held the position since 1988 and has become an icon in the fashion world. She has extreme prestige in the fashion world, has gained power over many in the fashion industry, and has gained wealth in the process. Vogue was recently chosen as the 2011 Magazine of the year by Ad Age, so clearly Wintour’s hard work has paid off. Wintour was also depicted in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” as the ice queen of fashion. Some even say Wintour “is a lot more monstrous than she is described!”
Just seven months after she awed millions of viewers walking down the royal aisle, Kate Middleton may now be preparing for an heir to the throne! A palace insider claims Kate is already six weeks pregnant. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also already preparing three nurseries for the baby and have prospective names lined up. Rumor has it, William is hoping for a daughter, in which case possible names are Alice or Rose. The couple wants to pick names fit for a King or Queen depending on the sex of the baby.