Dr. Oz: Celebrity Doctor

In C. Wright Mill’s book The Power Elite, he breaks down the types of celebrities and the percentage they make of total celebrities (pg77). 

The Professional Celebrity = 30%
Metropolitan 400 = 12%
The New 400 = 58%
Scientists, Doctors, Educators = 7%

One example of the 7% including scientists and doctors is Dr. Drew.  He is a real life doctor who focuses on addictions.  He is mostly recognizeable from his show “Celebrity Rehab.”

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Kim Kardashian: Professional Celebrity

Kim Kardashian can be thought of as a “professional celebrity”.  C. Wright Mills explains “one type of celebrity, is a professional of it, earning sizeable income not only from working in, but virtually living on, the mass media of communication and distraction” (p74).  On her show Keeping up with the Kardasians, Kim is always ranting about certain things the media says and trying to prove them wrong.  For example, on one episode, Kim was determined to prove to the public that her butt was real so she got an x-ray.  She is completely consumed in this “celebrity” life full of gossip. 

Prestige of the businessman

“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.

Models of Society?

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.

Perez Hilton Knickerbocker?

” Gossip columnist who, in the world of celebrity, has replaced the well-bred man-about-twon and social hostest…they [gossip columnists] are quite ready to tell us who belongs to “The New 400”- C. Wright Mills

 Our modern day Cholly Knickerbocker, the most well-known celebrity gossip columnist of our time is Perez Hilton. Perez “tells it like it is” and doesn’t hold back. His blog is basically an exclusive who’s who of Hollywood celebrities.

Worlds Most famous Mouse

“Celebrities are The Names that need no further identification…Whereever the celebrities go, they are recognized”  C. Wright Mills

Mickey Mouse is Walt Disney’s finest animated creation, whether he is in costume at Disney World or on the big screen. Mickey is by far one of the world’s most recognizable celebrity symbols of childhood joy!

 

 

Money Talks

“Here are the men who have the inside track. Here are all the expensive commodities, to which the rich seem appendages. Here is the money talking in its husky, silky voice of cash, power, celebrity” (C. Wright Mills).

P. Diddy is a celebrity known for his flashy antics. He his worked hard to build up his celebrity and makes sure everyone knows how much money he has made because of it. He lives a fast-paced expensive lifestyle and promotes several expensive brands to add to his celebrity status.

Tiger back on track

“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?

Snob Attitude – Megan Fox

“Snobbish’ exclusiveness secures privacy to those who can afford it. To exclude others enables the high and mighty to set up and to maintain a series of private worlds in which they can and do discuss issues in which they train their young informally for the decision-making temper” (C. Wright Mills).

Megan Fox is known as one of the bad girls of Hollywood. From her dangerous sex appeal to her negative attitude, Megan has entitled herself to a position of power. But has she pushed the limit too far for her own good?

She’s Everywhere!

You might have watched her grow up on E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but what’s next for Kendall Jenner? Jenner is the half-sister of famous celebs Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian. The 15 year-old has decided to take her life to the next level and begin modeling for White Sands 2012 swimwear collection. The White Sands spokesman stated, “As we were casting for the campaign we came across Kendall’s portfolio and loved her softness and strength. She actually made it to the top of our list before we knew her background.” Jenner is excited for the new line, and cannot wait to continue her modeling career.

“…Every night she is on the TV screen, and every week on every other page of the magazines…there she is” (C. Wright Mills)