Famous faces, classic stereotypes
Reilly, Lauren Michele
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Celebrity gossip has increased exponentially in recent years, and so has the number of magazines reporting it. There is a lack of work that provides a close examination of celebrity gossip magazines. This study uses a textual analysis, informed by the conceptual framework of cultural studies and feminist media studies, to examine the portrayal of female celebrities in these magazines. Findings indicate that a few emerging themes in the magazine show a regressive, stereotypical portrayal of women. These themes include the scrutiny and monitoring of female bodies, including body weight and pregnancy; and an emphasis on gender norms and stereotypes, especially regarding marriage and family. This study discusses how the magazine participates in meaning-making and how it presents women through a lens of dominant ideologies.