Welcome to the inaugural post of Magazine Monday, a new series I’m launching that I hope will become a permanent feature on Those Graces. Every Monday, I’ll be talking magazines and the crazy s!#t I find in them from cover stories to what’s buried between fashion spreads. I wanted to start this series because every month I find myself shaking my head at some of the things I read in magazines, and I’m sure some of you do, too. Let’s jump in!
The Every Girl
Ah, the charming and slightly quirky hoodie-wearing female celebrity we would all would love to lunch with at our favorite restaurant. We picture her answering her own door when we swing buy to pick her up for an impromptu run to the mall. Like us, she hates wearing makeup everyday and has trouble dating. She is The Every Girl.
Magazines and, presumably their readers, this down-to-earth side of famous women and feature it often, insisting she’s just like you. A survey of 2012 cover stories in both Lucky Magazine and Glamour revealed this theme appeared about 50 percent of the time within the first two paragraphs. Stories highlighted Amanda Seyfried displaying poor posture by slouching in a booth along with shopping alongside Rachel McAdams. More often than not, starlets donned ill-fitting or boxy sweatshirts that would land them on the Worst Dressed List.
Why are we in love with the idea that celebrities can, should or might be normal women? Even if they are normal, and I’m sure many of them are, why should we care? Even better–why does it matter? Is there some comfort we get as readers by knowing our favorite celebrity wears Gap jeans just like us or doesn’t try her hair before she leaves the house?
Every time I read an introduction to a story that includes The Every Girl Trope, I can’t help but to roll my eyes and almost say out loud, “Come on now, you know that black hoodie is at least $500!” These details are glossed over to the point where she can be anyone.
Most famous women are worked their entire lives to get where they are now. They have teams of publicists working on their “brand,” and yet there’s just something in us as a culture that makes us want to believe that maybe, just maybe Salma Hayek pumps her own gas. Yes, start laughing.
What’s Your Take?
Many of us read magazines every month–does this theme stand out to you? Are celebrities just like you and me? What gives? Share your thoughts!