Next Top Model Prize vs. Nobel Prize: How America Has Changed the Thinking of Generations

Noorain Hassan

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded once a year. The Top Model award can be awarded to anyone.

In a new study quoted from the book Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, author Lisa Bloom reveals that 25 percent of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than going for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Why? At times when we head out and show our beautiful attire to our mother, the thing she instantly says is, ”You look like a model.” This is all we want to hear as it soothes our ears. We think anybody who likes us should consider us as a good model or actress. Anybody who would say how awful we look would have no place in our lives even if the person were right about us in the first place.

See where I am going with us? Being a model and actress is so common that we might not realize how we are afflicted with this term. We think being a Top Model or Miss World eases all our problems. Some people even believe that becoming a Miss World is more likely than winning a Nobel Peace Prize ever…

This explains why there are so many Top Model award holders than Nobel-Prize award holders. Because there are unlimited people who want to win the Top Model awards, and this war is burning down America’s generations.

The American history of media

Now you would say, America’s Media History has brought this to itself, and you’re right. I remember a time when celebrity shows started getting a huge appreciation, and every other day, schools would host a fashion party any chance they got.

Every Prom party, Halloween, or Farewell had the criteria “who looks the best.” This is why our generation has no hope to invest in science but to invest in the art of making themselves look beautiful.

To understand why people love being a celebrity is to understand how the celebrity term was coined.

It’s not a long history. As Charles Kurzman et al. wrote in Celebrity Status, that “celebrity is a recent phenomenon.”

While the concept of fame has a long tradition, “celebrity” acquired new significance in the era of mass media. It also explains how Abraham Lincoln became the most widely recognized U.S. president because his photograph was so widely disclosed.” The nineteenth-century also saw the emergence of the first literary celebrities, like Charles Dickens, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Yes, you’re right! The celebrity outlook was first started by writers of the 19th century. These writers wanted to get recognized for their work in literature and hence chose a shortcut for success. It's one of the main reasons why 19th-century literature is more popular today.

While the renaissance poets loved to arrange theatres and refine the actual meaning of what celebrities look like, there might have been some gap in literature pausing us to think the actor is someone worthy of respect than a person who earns his bread & butter from 9–5 job. We still try to find the 19th century in the 21st century. We keep mixing oil with paint.

In short, history valued models soo much because of their connection to theatre. Theatre actually is — a manipulation of events, and actors are their puppets. People who still follow actors know how hard it is to find truth in the haystack. Only after a while, you’ve understood that you’ve been manipulated.

The search for meaning

A question still pans out: why do people think going for the Top Model Award is more honored than going for the Nobel Prize?

In most cases, it’s perfectly natural. Humans are social species, psychologists say, and we evolved — and still live — in an environment where it worships notable people. Celebrity fascination outgrows normal news, nourished by the media and technology.

In a new study, James Houran, a psychologist at the consulting firm HVS Executive Search who helped create the first questionnaire to measure celebrity worship, says, “In our society, celebrities act like a drug. They’re around us everywhere. They’re an easy fix.”

Coming back to the point, it's generally easy to follow Top Models and become like one, as it’s to fellow Nobel Prize winners. “Even hunter-gatherer societies with feminine issues have status hierarchies,” said Daniel Kruger, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Michigan. Other primate beings also keep a close eye on the dominant individuals in their groups.

We already know how the media industry has changed our minds into thinking that modeling makes us famous when it only swamps our personality.

“There are a few different reasons for that,” Daniel Kruger told LiveScience. “One is just learning what high-status individuals do so you might more effectively become one, and two, it’s basically political. Knowing what is going on with high-status individuals helps better to navigate the social sense.”

Human beings are known to practice things they’re told are harmful. Humans like to prove everyone wrong, so this habit makes short things turn into extraordinary news.

What media deliver these days is not more than any child who’s been to frenzy fruits is ice lolly. The main heading would be “Alicia Sierra won the top model award” instead of how Benjamin Walker helped save a thirsty bird drowning in the water.

It's important to understand that the meaning of the Nobel Prize and the Top Model award isn't changed. What’s changed is our perception of it.

Where everything is going with this

Only recently in human history have people had near-constant access to celebrity news and gossip. But actors themselves are nothing new. People have long looked to monarchs for social and fashion cues.

Whether Brad Pitt is on good terms with his ex Jennifer Aniston isn’t likely to affect the average person’s life one way or another, of course. Still, the social tendency to care is deeply ingrained — Kruger said in Glitzy Oscar Facts (Infographic).

Also, in a new study, Houran in 10 Teen Brain Facts found that “It all comes down to identity factors, which may be why teenagers are so susceptible to worshiping Selena Gomez or their favorite stars. Younger people, who are still establishing their identities, are more susceptible to celebrity obsession.

Young people need people to get inspired, and our generation is solely devoted to Top Models as their ideals. *Meaning that it’s more than 100 years before this trend will ever come to change; until then, only 20% of the people prefer to live quietly in their homes and not retrospect about everything going on in their lives.*

Lately, it's seen that most girls are getting deranged in this new fashion trend. The Today Show and aol.com collaborated on the “Ideal to Real” body image survey. As a result, the survey found that 80 percent of teen girls compare themselves to celebrities' images. This grows a position of home that any person would ever be enough, not only to all those who follow celebrities but also to all those who don't.

The trend is similar to a cigarette; even if you don’t smoke, the result will always affect you!

Why not redefine “Model”?

A new study from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Jaye L. Derrick and Shira Gabriel, illustrates how “connections” to celebrities help those with low-self esteem view themselves more positively. People with low self-esteem can use their parasocial relationships to feel closer to the ideals and find common points.

Or in other words, teenagers interested in celebrity culture have a well-rounded knowledge of modern life related to current news. Many intelligent young people desire to learn about celebrities’ lives, which can help them develop informed opinions on topical debates.

Anyway, knowing everything is always “healthy.” But — of course — to the point where you know what is trying to manipulate you and how you can change that to your advantage.

Even in this world of bullying, there are still people who live with blind eyes and sorrowful faces; ever thought about how they live? They have the same body system as yours, but what they don't do is try to be what they’re not.

So if you’re in the opinion to follow celebrities, know when their influence is crossing a red flag and turn it into a silver lining.

Final thoughts

From around the 19th century, the “Top Model Prize” and “Actor” term has always served to manipulate us. It's not long ago how these things were brainwashed into independence movements.

We’re on the verge of world war. This means we still need to understand how Top Model Awards don't make a difference to those who can win the Nobel Peace Prize. What is going wrong here is that each of us, regardless of industry, always loves to become fashion models.

If we keep criticizing our brain and the capability of what it can do, we’re no better than animals who can’t speak for their right.

Disclaimer

This story was originally published elsewhere under the same title.

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Noorain Hassan is a 19-year-old writer and a content creator. She started writing when she was only 16 and continually wishes to grow.

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