Celebrities do have a powerful impact on the youth. With today’s generation being whipped for movies and online platforms, you will surely agree. But either the dagger pierces or saves, there are always pros and cons. And fashion icons are the same, sharing positive and negative impacts all at once. On one hand, they can be role models for some youngsters, inspire and drive them towards their goal. While on the other hand, they can be an unhealthy influence. The most important thing is that the youth need guidance for the interpretation of the influence these icons have.
Fashion is a crucial part of human interaction. Appearance plays a really important role these days. We, humans, tend to do the best of our potential. Hence, every adult and teen wants to look their best all the time. While adults make mature decisions, the youth usually gets into the trap of ‘influence’, be it positive or negative.
Let us learn about some of these impacts.
Not giving up
Many idols are known for inspiring and following a motto of ‘Keep going, do not give up.’. And when youth follow these idols, they are supported emotionally. You will feel that you have at least someone who feels the same as you. With constant sprints of motivating and setting examples, these icons are always ready to uplift you from a ‘give up’ situation.
With the internet and media coming in handy to drain you out of confidence and full of insecurities, some icons uplift you. Spreading awareness of ‘nothing is perfect’ and ‘flaws are okay’, these fashion icons stand up not only for themselves but also for the world. Hence creating a huge positive impact. Many idols and icons are stepping up and breaking the stereotype-driven society into a more inclusive one. This in turn makes youth confident and love themselves for the way they are and
Accepting your uniqueness
Today’s era is a modern one, and it is important to understand each other and have a value for acceptance. With some icons coming out and accepting their uniqueness, they are making the youth aware to be inclusive and urging them to embrace their reality. It is okay to be different, the rainbow stands out and is beautiful.
Vocal about social issues and raising awareness
With a large influence, some of the fashion icons raise their voices and spread awareness towards an issue that needs to be brought to the limelight. This may go on a negative dip too, but it depends on us how to perceive things.
People often look up to celebrities. They can inspire you for having healthy habits. Or just being your role model and help you live a healthy lifestyle. Their eco-friendly and animal-friendly behaviors may make you aware and work for the same. Apart from the purpose of entertainment, they often teach you moral values.
But remember every coin has two sides. An increasing graph can have a dip too.
Impact on body image
According to a survey result, more than 80% of teen girls compare themselves to the media’s glorified images. Feeling dissatisfied with themselves, they face the problem of having low self-esteem. All this is also laced with mental health challenges when these icons spread superficial messages and spread vague ideologies. Some teens face an inferiority complex too.
Drugs and substance use
Remember, when you see an icon posting their pics of smoking or drinking, they are normalizing substance use. Which may appear normal but is toxic for the minority age group. It is not cool at all, just a bad influence on the growing generation. Many teens adopting their behavior fall into the trap of addiction and ruin their lives.
Lack of focus
Sometimes the teens get so lost in the glamour and a-to-be world that they lose consciousness of what their life is showing and lose focus on their future making plans. They want to be like the celebrities, their idols, that daydreaming becomes them ‘to go’ while goals lay aback.
To wrap up
In conclusion, everything depends on the way we see it. Fashion changes the way a person might act. Again, either positively or negatively. So, you need to stop obsessing over details that are not really that important. Be wise and choose well.