Inspired by Kylie Jenner and You’ll Want to Know Why
The world is in love. By Coco Fang.
All the world is in love.
Kylie Kristen Jenner.
Who else can be above?
Kylie Jenner has undoubtedly accumulated the reputation as the most influential and well known teenage celebrity to have ever existed. Girls and guys alike follow her for her aesthetic selfies, body inspiration, and extensive views of wealth through every form of social media possible. But… why? How is it that since November 2017, Kylie Jenner has 99.2 million followers? What do we find appealing about praising her physical features?
I can’t speak for others, but as a teenage girl loaded with family, high school, college, and social problems, I find myself seeking to get away from the stress of my own life by living vicariously through others. As the daughter of a family already well established in the A-list celebrity society, Kylie Jenner naturally grew into her fame, starting with premieres on her family’s show Keeping Up with The Kardashians, since she was as little as nine years old. Since then, her built ability to not crack under the pressure of being idolized and tremendous wealth has allowed her to essentially achieve whatever she wants.
Trust me, I too believe that Kylie Jenner is physically beautiful and her lips accentuated through lip injections are a decision of her own for her own body. The lady, much like every single lady in the world has the right- and should have the freedom- to make whatever changes to their body that they wish. Being a celebrity, one often has to cater to the perceptions of what others expect of you, but if enlarging her lips makes her happier and her fans prove her more worthy of a title of beauty, then all the better. In a growing society accepting every concept desirable from being genderless to recreational marijuana, unnatural body enhancements and similar taboos as standards of beauty should be accepted as well.
However, teenage girls do need to take all this in with a grain of salt and consider the separating line between celebrities and ourselves. Not only does the Kardashian and Jenner family have the money to do whatever they want, but living through the lives of celebrities such as Kylie does not tell the whole story. The hard truth is that, nobody is perfect, nobody- not even Kylie Jenner.
Viewing her life through previews on Snapchat of exquisite dinner party place settings, mirror selfies before the gym, and pouty car selfies does not show the behind-the-scenes look at her “perfect” lifestyle. You may say, well yeah, KUWTK does that for her, but truly, the show doesn’t either. Her family’s reality TV series, much like any other, are scripted content. Kylie needs to be understood as a human being, one that enjoys partying, boyfriends, and good food just as much as the rest of us. The movies do not portray real life, because real life is not always interesting, engaging, and money-producing. Real life is too real.
However, real life can be more like the movies- more interesting, more engaging, more inspired. Kylie’s unaccountable social media presence spreads across the globe. There is indifference about the fact that she doesn’t use her platform and tremendous fame to spread her more intricate thoughts. Even a quick ramble on her support on modern hot topics such as global warming, LGBTQ, the current U.S. presidency would draw so much more focus to issues she believes in.
The music, fashion, restaurant, and now social media, industry are not very stable ones. Their centralization around fame allows for the popular ones to come and go very easily. A legacy can be forgotten just as fast as it had rose. I’m not saying Kylie’s fame will be quickly outgrown, but her current influence on girls everywhere is slowly being dismantled with girls waking up and speaking out against the fact that she doesn’t serve as a prime role models and there are better people to look to.
Don’t get me wrong, I do admire her ability to turning her lips scandal into an iconic lipstick brand and business. I also find myself wishing for a life so elegant, so carefree, and so full of Gucci purses.
At the end of the day, we as Generation Z need to remember that we have the same hours in a day as Kylie Jenner. We should be inspired into doing and creating just as much, if not more, in any sense of the matter. Girls and guys today can achieve so much if we really set our minds to it.
A wise man once said: “If you are ever debating whether or not you should complete a task you have been putting off, it’s better to spend that time doing that task instead of not- you are losing that time either way.” Although they are not words of Kylie Jenner, they are the fundamentals of what society needs to take away as the morale of her fame: to be confident and always striving to achieve everything we are capable of.