What makes a celebrity? Although there is no formal definition, a celebrity is an individual who has captured the public’s interest and plays an influential role in the media. Celebrities are often associated with affluence, popular appeal, and dominance in a particular field or profession. There are many well-known figures in entertainment and sports that are known as celebrities.
Individuals can gain celebrity status in various ways outside of entertainment and sports. Examples include socialites who achieve celebrity status due to the public’s interest in their luxurious lifestyles or fortune, those individuals who are connected to a famous person through familial or social ties, or famous criminals. The scope of celebrity status may be worldwide (i.e. movie stars), country-wide (i.e. professional athletes), or faith-based (i.e. a religious figurehead).