And it seems that fifteen minutes of fame that Andy Warhol so accurately predicted has now extended to a twenty four hour day, three hundred and sixty five day a year, non-stop Insta life style marathon
Selfies, sunnies and self promotion have we crossed a line? Last week I wrote about attending Fashion Week and how I was struck by how many people were wearing sun glasses indoors at night. And I do not mean one or two people, I actually started to count and there were dozens of people doing this. I just could not for the life of me, wrap my brain around this. Not only was it evening and said event was being held indoors it was also fairly dark, and by fairly dark I mean movie theater dark, and yet there they were sporting sun glasses. What exactly were they shielding their eyes from? And as far as I could tell they were not famous, so it was not like a stampede was going to break out if they removed their shades. Honestly all I could think was “ You are trying waaay to hard”
And then of course there was the to be expected selfies, but even though it was expected, I was still surprised by how many people were taking selfies. Maybe it is just me, but I am not big on selfies. I have taken them, and still do occasionally, but for the most part I find them less then satisfying and when I see people doing this kind of thing at an event like Fashion Week I just think “amateur”. Yes maybe I am being a bit harsh and being a bit of a hater, but really? Do you think this kind of behavior is OK? Do you even care? These days it seems so natural to behave this way, I guess most peopled don’t even notice any more. But still, I have to say I was bit taken a back and surprised by how many people like to act like they are being followed around by the paparazzi when they are most certainly—not. But then again I have a blog, so who am I to judge? I can just imagine when our ancestors will think when they look back at this time in history, and how we will be portrayed.
Though, this self aggrandizing behavior is nothing new, after all Cory Hart wrote his famous “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” in 1984 over thirty years ago, but what has changed are the culprits. When this song was written Cory Hart was more or less calling out celebrities for doing this kind of thing, now it seems it is harder then ever to draw the line between celebrities and wanna be celebs. Well except when it comes to bank accounts, I think the real celebs win that one hands down. And it seems that fifteen minutes of fame that Andy Warhol so accurately predicted has now extended to a twenty four hour day, three hundred and sixty five day a year, non-stop Insta life style marathon. Yup, this is one phenomena isn’t going any where any time soon. I may buck the trend in not being a daily selfie guru, but I like to look my best just as much as the next person. And if you are like me and want to look photo fabulous at the end your own arm, check out Korean model and internet star Irene Kim and her five makeup tips on how to look stellar in selfies. Really it’s OK, I realize if you are under twenty five you probably stopped reading this, but for everyone else a little help is not a crime, and if it is, were are all, guilty as charged.