hese days, Instagram feeds and Twitter threads everywhere are flooded with images of celebrities. We don't know them, but, in the day and age of social media, it's easy enough to get a good sense of who likes what, who likes who, and what brands the rich and famous can't live without.
But these finite details weren't something the general public was always privy to.
In a new book by People Magazine, called The 100 Best Celebrity Photos, a little light is being shed on some of history's most memorable snaps. One of these is an infamous picture of Sophia Loren, and the details she spills about it are something that social media (if it had existed at the time) would've jumped all over.
We get a little spoiled by social media.
It’s an interesting time to be alive. At no other point in history has information about other people been so accessible. In just a few clicks and a scroll through any social media feed, we can glean loads of details on most of the people in our orbit. Family, friends, friends of friends — if they’re on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, chances are you know what they had for lunch today.
That type of media means we can poke into strangers' lives as well.
With the tidal wave of social media came unprecedented access into the lives of the rich and famous. Sure, paparazzi, talk shows, and Entertainment Tonight have been around for ages, but with channels like Instagram, we not only started getting candid photos of celebrities, we got their comments and explanations to go with them. If a photo is odd, a celeb only needs to hop on Twitter to clarify what was going on, and all’s well. Most of the time.
So in this age of 24/7 feedback, privacy can be a foreign concept.
It’s hard to remember that this state of instant information wasn’t always the norm. Celebrities of past decades enjoyed a little more privacy that today’s ladies and gentleman who are front and center in the public eye. People like Paul Newman and Debbie Reynolds were also photographed constantly, but no one was tweeting which club they were spotted ducking out of at 2 a.m.
This level of privacy also contributed to confusing scenarios and mysterious photographs.
Back in the day, without the ability to instantly comment on photographs of themselves, celebrities tended to be at the mercy of whoever snapped an interesting picture and wrote a story around it. If they had an amazing publicist, chances are an intimate or confusing photo could be cleared up for the general public, but, sometimes, things were obscure or not commented on at all by the movie or TV star in question.
A new book is about to shed some light on certain, famous celebrity photos.
In what promises to be an extremely interesting collection, People Magazine has curated a treasure trove of history-making snaps in its new book The 100 Best Celebrity Photographs. One photo in particular is the subject of the limelight once again, due to the mystery surrounding it. Thanks to People, what was an image shrouded in a bit of mystery is now getting a little clarification, 60 years later.