The evolution of the female pop model
While once the term model to follow simply translated into being a good girl, this is how women in the industry have claimed it to become political icons, positive for the body and feminists
Spice Girls: The OG role models
The role of female pop stars as role models was firmly consolidated around the Spice Girls and their avatar of pop and feminism in 1994. They were the epitome of girls' power, with Geri 'Ginger Spice' Horner promising to give feminism a boost for North American stock market.
It's about spreading a positive environment, kicking it for girls ... It's not about raising boys. We don't need men to control our lives, Mel ‘Scary Spice’ B explained later.
They adopted friendship in Wannabe, their sexuality in 2 Become 1, but some critics said their message sounded empty and was a perfectly packaged marketing ploy, while their understanding of feminism was vague at best.
The rise of Britney: The term model to follow underwent a drastic transformation with the arrival of Britney Spears in 1999 and other teenage pop stars like Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Britney, who was considered a model of chastity, literally promised to be a virgin until marriage, as was her contemporary Jessica, who received a purity ring from her father at the age of 12.
The collapse of Britney, Dirrty Xtina: the fall of role models
I don't want to be considered a role model. I do this because it is fun, and when I get on stage I am expressing myself and I cannot please everyone, Britney said in 2001. In 2002, Christina repeated the same thing: I really get bored of complying with the norm and having the right conservative image.
Britney was labeled a hot mess, and her crotch photos as they entered and left the taxis on their way to the parties were over. In 2007, he suffered a collapse and was placed on psychiatric waiting. The photos of her with a shaved head, attacking the car of a paparazzo with an umbrella became viral when the viral term did not even exist.
“People thought I was going crazy, but people shave their heads all the time. I was going through a lot of things. It was just me going through a bit of rebellion, or feeling free, or throwing things that had happened, you know? She said later.
2008 - 2011:
Miley is the new Britney:
Like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus began as a teenage idol at the age of 14, and was expected to remain in the same format as a good girl. However, a photo shoot a year later in 2008, where he posed topless for a mag cover at age 15, attracted such an extreme reaction that he had to issue an apology to his fans. “I feel very ashamed. I never intended that any of this happen and I apologize to my fans for whom I care deeply, ”said his statement. . (She retracted the apology with the 2018 tweet: I DON'T SORRY (sic) F ** k YOU # 10yearsago).
But there was no victory, his spicy images leaked (as in the case of other adolescent pop idols like Demi Lovato), and drug scandals continued.
In 2010, Lady Gaga rose to fame. Although she is often known as the lady in the flesh dress or the lady who grew prosthetic horns, she embraced her role model role. When you're in the public eye, you're a role model, whether you like it or not, he said in 2010.
Nobody wants to be a role model anymore:
At the end of 2011, Rihanna did not want to touch the term with a barge. The role model is not a position or title for which I campaigned ..., he said emphatically in 2011.
In 2014, Nicki Minaj came out with the scandalous song ranked R Anaconda, after which she and Miley were chosen as the worst role models of the year in a UK survey.
Miley Cyrus was trying her best to prove that she was anything but a role model, be it twerking against Robin Thicke in the 2013 VMAs, talking and singing about her drug use or swaying naked from a wrecking ball. 2014 - 2018:
Increase of imperfect role models:
There is room for role models who make mistakes, Taylor Swift said in 2013, with reference to Miley Cyrus' twerking act in the VMAs, which implies that the era of the perfect role model was ending. However, she adhered to the good girl format until 2017, which was when she finally declared her policy publicly (Democrat + pro-LGBTQ +), and faced the greats of the music industry in fighting for the rights of her own music
In 2014, Miley founded Happy Hippie homes that fight against the injustice faced by homeless youth, LGBTQ + youth and other vulnerable populations, in addition to all the work she was already doing for charity. “I can really say that I am (a good role model). The important thing is to teach people that you can't judge other people, he said in 2015.
Meanwhile, in 2014, Beyonce took the VMA stage as a proud FEMINIST, the words shone on a screen behind her, and even took samples of a feminist speech by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her song.
Rihanna said in an awards ceremony in 2018: You know, role model is not the title they like to give me. I think I can inspire many young women to be themselves, and that's half the battle. At the same time, even when her role model status was much debated by the world, Lady Gaga became a gay icon after years of defending LGBTQ + policy and urging her little monsters to be more inclusive.
Minaj was responsible for preaching education to her fans in 2017, even offering to pay her tuition if they received As directly. She also became a feminist role model and talked about her fight as a rapper in a male-dominated industry.
Rihanna said in an awards ceremony in 2018: You know, role model is not the title they like to give me. I think I can inspire many young women to be themselves, and that's half the battle. At the same time, even when her role model status was much debated by the world, Lady Gaga became a gay icon after years of defending LGBTQ + policy and urging her little monsters to be more inclusive. 2020:
The role models of the new era:
Lizzo rose to fame with the hymn of self-love, Truth Hurts, last year. The self-proclaimed 'role model' of large size says: When it comes to being a role model for women ... I think that if I am maintaining some esteem and keeping it real with myself, then that is going to translate people like I .
After making history by winning five Grammys in 2020, becoming the youngest artist to sing and write the main song of the James Bond franchise and perform at the Oscars, Billie Eilish has become the new role model of the Gen Z. She offers both style and substance to youth. In fact, their oversized clothes, their black and green hair and their matching nails are a statement in themselves: a refusal to be sexualized. We wrote an album about depression and suicidal thoughts and climate change ... We stand confused and grateful, said his brother and collaborator, Finneas, about his historical album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - And that is the exact reason why it has resonated among young people today.