So You Re­ally Want to Be Fa­mous?

We’ve all fan­ta­sised about liv­ing a 24X7 Louboutin life­style, but what is life re­ally like on the other side of the flash­bulbs?

Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU - By Caro­line Hed­ley

Char­lie Sheen’s very public melt­down has once again proved that celebri­ties are not like nor­mal peo­ple. Pri­vate jets to whisk you and your ‘in­ner cir­cle’ on week­end re­treats to de­signer out­fits com­plete with a chis­eled piece of the lat­est man candy...and how about adu­la­tion from the public and the abil­ity to earn more in a month than the av­er­age Cosmo reader takes home in a year...? Who wouldn’t want an A-list life­style? Any­one, it seems with any sense. But, ev­ery­thing in this world has a price and A-lis­ters pay with their free­dom.

“Celebri­ties have al­most no au­ton­omy any­more,” ex­plains Hol­ly­wood publi­cist Amanda*. “Ev­ery facet of their be­ing is con­trolled to con­vey a cer­tain im­age. These peo­ple can’t be them­selves, even in their down time, and ul­ti­mately that can lead to a pretty mis­er­able ex­is­tence.”

Ac­cord­ing to Amanda, who’s worked with two ma­jor Hol­ly­wood agen­cies, celebri­ties’ fawn­ing en­tourages aren’t just there to re­mind their feted charges of their ‘spe­cial­ness’. They’re there to ar­range con­ve­nient ‘faux­mances’ to gen­er­ate tabloid head­lines; to hide sex­u­al­i­ties and bury sto­ries that could neg­a­tively af­fect their earn­ing po­ten­tial; and to leak in­for­ma­tion to keep tabloid in­ter­est alive ( oh, and to stir their Fair Trade, fat-free latte an­ti­clock­wise). With com­pe­ti­tion for film roles at an all-time high, a celebrity ‘be­ing them­selves’ is rarely an op­tion that ap­peals to di­rec­tors, pro­duc­ers, stu­dio bosses, ad­ver­tis­ers, and au­di­ences, and as a re­sult, the ca­bal of celebrity lack­eys spend the vast ma­jor­i­tyj y of their time wad­ding through the murky wa­ters of im­age ma­nip­u­la­tioon.

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