…So controversial and elusive – I’m totally out of words. I was thinking of Bowie and Rolling Stones – they were on top for the last 40 yrs. More than any politician or tycoon or diva …I wonder how it feels. Bowie is controversial. I wouldn’t listen to his music in my car for hours. But comparing to recent “synthetic” brands like Lady Gaga, Bowie sparkles like a comet. “FAME fades – true talent remains” (who said that? Probably me). – BellaDonna, Russia.
…I am having hard time in expressing myself in words. Colors and images are coming much easier to me. This look is how I feel about celeb power branding, 15 sec of fame and “big in Japan”. – BellaDonna, Russia.
…To me is linked to the acts someone commits in the world which will gain him or her notoriety. Fame helps in today’s world but it isn’t everything, once achieved most people know that fame is fake, a fake power that has got limits especially if you are notorious for the ‘wrong’ reasons. – Badrouchka, Morocco.
…Not only walking red carpet but also getting used to sleeping in airplanes. – Dame B.
…White teeth, sugaring, dressing how you want regardless of the season, boots, legs, sunglasses to save your eyes from blinding flashbulbs… but that’s all exterior. Fame is really versatile. cheers to fame! – Dolores Haze, United States.
…Isolating, debilitating, fleeting and in this case it is also a killer. – Prima Dona, United States.
…It had to be for me, leotards, legwarmers and Leroy all the way! Sorry to be the cliche but anytime I hear the word fame, that tune starts up in my head or occasionally out my mouth and i find myself singing, “Baby look at me, and tell me what you see…” before attempting star jumps, pirouettes..badly! Could be because as a child of the eighties, this was my favorite TV show and it was the reason why I took up dancing. And this was pretty much what I wore for a large part of growing up (minus the $3000 bag!). All you other ladies have done such wonderful and truly inspiration interpretations of this project, and I’ve loved them. But for me fame is leotards and legwarmers and that tune..FAME! I want to live forever… – Miss Nifty, United States.
…Can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. To some, It is the highest compliment to an entertainers accomplishments. To others, Fame is a constant burden, where you are no longer allowed any sense of privacy and struggle day to day to live a normal life, one without your indiscretions being lampooned on rag mags. Fame doesn’t always have to be shallow. I believe if you truly deserve it, and are not trying to hard to achieve it, then Fame can be the consolation prize to all your hard work, be it a novel you’ve written, a film you’ve committed your life to making or a song that a whole new generation can relate to. In this day and age, everyone seems to be obsessed with getting their own 15 minutes of fame on reality shows, through sex tapes or just showing up at the right place in the right time with the right people (in the right outfit). – Jen1987, United States.
…Marilyn Monroe and Diamonds – a man’s best friend and a woman’s best friend all rolled into one! – Ikdugg2, United States.
…Was measured by popularity when I was a teenager. I dreamed of being the most popular, the most beautiful. I thought I was destined to be a famous singer and actress-notoriety-that was fame. To get back at everyone who said anything bad about me, that was fame. Money, power, and my face everywhere, that was fame. Now as time has faded all of my delusions, I realize fame for me as a teacher is influencing people, thousands of people, and generations with my words. Think of your teachers, the good, the bad, the ugly; their presence is strong.
This is my fame…
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – HarperLeo, United States.
…A double edged sword. So many aspire to be singers, actors and sports players – the stars of today – it can’t just be for the money, as there are many ways of amassing wealth without fame. So what really drives us to pursue fame as we know it? Does it stem from a deep seated need for acceptance? the adoration and respect that fame commands? For many, fame is a dream, and dreams are an idolization of a situation; in reality, fame is a career choice. In our dreams we see stars and lights, beauty and success. But if you take off the rose tinted glasses and really see it for what it is, is it so appealing? Who wants a career that demands you’re on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Where photographers follow you wherever you go, making everyday tasks an ordeal? Where people talk about you and stare at you wherever you go, and strangers say hurtful and untrue things about you? Anonymity is a pleasure we take for granted. Over the years there have been so many casualties of fame – through drink, drugs and depression – and it certainly seems like a difficult cross to bear. I do like to dream of fame, but as soon as I look too closely, I see a nightmare. – Leahbdesigns, United Kingdom.
…The highest form of vanity. It is an addiction, as the desire is strong, to obtain it may be difficult or accidental, but losing it….. To those who owns it, to be loved by those who they don’t care and don’t know, but the adoration… you cannot be without. – Rollo Tomassi, Malaysia.
…used to be something that was earned through success and achievement. Now sadly, fame has become “Look At Me!!! Love Me!!!!” – EMW, United States.
…Simply never fades away. Even after someone’s death, you can say that they have been famous only if they remain remembered as someone magical. Nevertheless, I can not imagine someone more famous right now than the Rolling Stones! – Natural Born Styler, Greece.
…Is a Rolling Stone. – BellaDonna, Russia.
This Is Fame:
Fame is proof that people are gullible – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death – Blaise Pascal
A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized – Fred Allen
Fame is a fickle food Upon a shifting plate – Emily Dickinson
Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character – Horace Greeley
What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little – Leszczynski Stanislaus
(Quoted by Mandolyn)
More On Fame:
Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up. Even when they do, it is not perfect, and they sigh for more, and lose better things in struggling for them.
Louisa May Alcott(1832-1888)
Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.”
Erma Bombeck quotes (U.S. humorist, 1927-1996)
“I won’t be happy till I’m as famous as God.”
Madonna quotes (American Actress and Singer, b.1958)
The image is one thing and the human being is another…It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.”
Elvis Presley quotes (American Singer and Actor widely known as the “King of Rock and Roll”, 1935-1977)
I believe fame is a desire, almost an addiction to some. To others, a consequence of their success!
Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu (c.604-531 B.C.)
(Quoted by Omarion)
“If this fame, which people call my lucky break, were to stop tomorrow, I shouldn’t care.” ~Brigitte Bardot
(Quoted by Miss Bea Heyvin, United States)
What do you think fame is? Do you want it?
Special thanks to all the fabulous ladies who participated in this challenge. Especially miss BellaDonna (aka The Beautiful Russian), for doing not one, not two, but three definitions! You rock my world!