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Youth smitten with celebrity fashion

Celebrity fashion is now very much part of life and seems to have seeped into the new generation of boys and girls as they see their favorite celebrities sporting the latest style in movies, on television, and at popular events. The glamor world has come to stay and youngsters long to be part of it.

Millions of teenagers look up to their celebrities for the latest style in terms of dresses and accessories like jewelry, shoes, and cosmetics, and use the first opportunity to imitate them. Youngsters love to emulate their favorite celebrities, as for them they are true divas and style icons in the world. Since decades, celebrities have been the role models for youngsters, as whatever these models wear tends to become a rage.

Nowadays, however, celebrity fashion has created a different area and style that led the younger generation to have a strong desire to mirror their images like in the way they walk and talk, the outfits they wear, and in fact everything they would love to copy no matter if it does not even suit or look good.

In modern times, some youngsters follow fashion habits, which are not worth and become poor replicas. We do believe that our youngsters get influenced strongly by watching their favorite celebrities or actors on the silver screen or television and think that imitating what they see is cool, popular, trendy, modern and stylish. But what is not so readily accepted in society is whatever passes in the name of fashion, like the growing trend of tattoos and body piercing, which they label as a style statement. Not only youngsters but also children have been dazzled by such trends.

Our youths are getting smoothly carried away by the fact that these are among the trends that they get to see from celebrities. And they think that they must keep up with the latest one even though their parents cannot afford it. Fashion is awesome and can be adopted but some part of fashion needs to tone down as we see younger kids are adopting anything in the name of fashion. Being fashionable is not bad but being fashionable by any means is a problem like a body piercing or getting the tattoo done.

Today, it is true, people aspire to be like someone famous. And to become that someone they are willing to pay a premium for quality, design, and exclusivity. Fashion is not all about spending the lump-sum amount on designers but seeing that it makes us comfortable, look good. Everyone is different so what suits one person will not suit everyone. In real terms, however, beauty is not in the looks or appearance but in the mind.

Young boys and girls are of the view that the older generation must admit that this is a fashion era and they cannot keep them away from it. For centuries, individuals or societies have used clothes and other body adornments as a form of nonverbal communication to indicate occupation, rank, gender, sexual availability, locality, class, wealth and group affiliation. Fashion is a form of free speech.  It not only embraces clothing, but also accessories, jewelry, hairstyles, beauty, and body art. What we wear, and how and when we wear it, provides others a glimpse of a social situation.

Today an inability to refashion and reshape our bodies while constantly monitoring the cultural ideal leaves us failing the fashion test. Those that pass the fashion test invariably spend their lives absorbed in a circle of diet, exercise, cosmetic surgery and other regimes. This includes the rigors of shopping in search of the ultimate garb.

Our reluctance to give ourselves a regular makeover through diet, exercise and consistently conscious use of specific dress styles infers that we have the personality flaws of a weak-willed human. We become in the eyes of fashion aficionados somewhat inadequate and imperfect in the fashion stakes. Thus we strive to keep a culturally satisfying appearance so that we feel better, whereas in fact, we are striving to stay in a particular group or society, whatever type that may be.

“Group affiliation is our prime concern with regard to fashion. As long as some group similarity is identified within the group, our personal fashion, whether current or dated, can belong to any group. It is the sense of belonging marked by how we fashion ourselves that gives us the social connection,” says a sociologist. “An innate characteristic of human beings is the desire to strive for differentiation. And in pursuit of this, they use fashion as a means to identify clearly the many different roles that a person plays.”