Celebrities have always been labeled with a specific label that suits the image that each person tries to project. Today image is something that not only celebrities obsess over but even everyday people. The clothes, the makeup, everything about a person can set you in a determined category, and if youíre lucky, it may just get you where you wish to be. Today life is a club and the bouncer is your way into a life youíve always dreamed. Dress to impress, or shockÖ.or both. Isnít that what itís all really about?
Itís odd the lengths people would go to create an image in the scene, in all of them really. Iím not saying that everyone was a poser. Far from that, it really was more that everyone expected certain things from certain people, even from me. It was a ritual getting ready to leave the apartment. The clothes, the makeup, the hair and you canít forget the accessories. Itís amusing that these days one can go to Hot Topic in a MALL and get suitable clothes and accessories. Back in the late 80ís and early 90ís, finding just the right accessories was an art form, and the clothes were usually a mix of vintage and self made. Today it just seems that image is easier bought than in days past. Not that it is a bad thing; in fact it might have come in handy back then, a chain store that carried ready made image.
I had friends who took hours to ready themselves to face the club, and going to clubs was almost like holding court for some. One friend took longer to get ready than any woman I knew. He would spend hours getting the hair and makeup just right, and he never disappointed as was evident in the little herd of girls that followed him around all night every night. Groupies, the byproduct of being a musician, but a byproduct that his girlfriend always had a bit of a hard time with that, but it was understandable as some of those girls were really aggressive. He was after all a star in the scene, and rightfully so, he had the image down and his band had great songs, in fact they still do. She was always all right if I were at his house hanging out, after all he and I were really just friends, there were rumors in the scene but that was part of the image as well. Counts and Countesses should consort. Who you were seen with was just as important as how you were perceived. Image could make or break you.
There are those that hated the image they got saddled with. One Oscar winner I knew before he really became actually seriously famous is a really down to earth, sickeningly romantic, nice guy. But the image that sold was that of the bar fighting bad boy and god he HATES that term. Another Oscar nominee has been saddled with the image of well, an odd duck really. Heís just a weird dude, and to be honest he really is a weird dude but that ďhavenít bathed in a weekĒ look is hard to achieve, but I can assure you he does bathe. Then there are those that thrived on the images they projected. Hair bands with followings so passionate that it wasnít uncommon for public displays of fan appreciation. The sort of appreciation most of us didnít really care to see. But it was all part of the image, and image can be everything in some cases. The smart ones though, knew the image wasnít really who they were.