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Celebrity Role Models


When an actor or sports personality becomes a celebrity, their life is no longer their own. Every part of their life, what they are proud of and what they are not proud of, then belongs to the public. When this happens the celebrity then becomes a role model. The hero worship that then follows is overwhelming and not every Celebrity Role Model can cope with that amount of adoration.

There is a certain amount of responsibility that goes with being a Celebrity Role Model. The responsibility is to make sure that through their life style choices that they do not behave in such a way that discredits their sport or skill. Younger fans will copy their idol’s behaviours. This is fine if you are David Beckham, but not so much if you are Justin Bieber.

Consider the impact that David Beckham has on his fans, he has encouraged them to play sports and more recently has actively encouraged them to take a positive role in both eating and cooking heathy foods. He has also had an impeccable history of supporting young people to learn to play soccer and is an ambassador for the positive impact of an active life style that extends to the way he includes his children in both watching and taking part in sport.

Other Celebrity Role Models may influence dress style and behaviour. Behaviour seems to be the main issue or more correctly it should be that bad or poor behaviour is that issue. Take for example Justin Bieber, who was very much the Celebrity that every young girl seems to adore and had his picture on their bedroom wall. But his behaviour whilst in the USA was not just childish it was bordering on criminal, he had little regard for the law on several occasions and was on the verge of being deported and his antics gave rise to court visit. Not the sort of behaviour that you would expect from a Celebrity Role Model.

So what do we expect from our Celebrity Role Models? They should be upstanding citizens. But everyone at some time makes mistakes and the important thing is to admit to them. Celebrity Role Models need to realise that it is not just their talent that has made them Celebrities and they need to give back to their fans through spending a bit of time finding out how much influence they actually have on their devoted fan base and acknowledge this through their own behaviours. It’s called being a role model for the right reason.