A century ago the main requirement for a person to become a celebrity was the intelligence to achieve something that could really change the course of history. Inventors, men of science, writers became celebrities world wide and they had the certainty that their names would remain in our minds for ever.
This is not the case today when more and more "normal" persons become famous over night: they get married with an old, famous millionaire or they win the lottery or they rob a bank. There are more and more ways to become famous and persons who have no idea about what celebrity is really about wake up one morning and they realize that the paparazzi are on their tracks all over the places or that televisions and magazines want an interview with them and they would b
e ready to pay a lot to have exclusivity for their articles.
It takes a lot of intelligence to know what clothes to buy, how to match them, what kind of mobile phone is in fashion today and a lot of other things which are "compulsory" for a star to known. You have to be brilliant enough to count your money or to arrange your meetings. Or a private assistant can do all this for you.
Singers and actors have made fortunes over night from one single or a film which broke the box office and at the same time famous writers had to die so that their works' value could be recognized. Far away from me the thought of saying that these celebrities are lacking the necessary intelligence, but their actual qualities are highlighted by their sexy outfits rather than by their IQ.
Fame and intelligence don't exclude each other but in most cases they are not compatible. Too much intelligence in this field would make that person crazy when realizing how shallow things really are around them.
Fame vs Intelligence written by Herminne Tonita for FamousWhy.com
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