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Icons of the Noughties

by Elizabeth Marchetti

Britney SpearsEvery decade has its shining stars - an array of personas in the public eye that will be remembered for their contribution to pop-culture, ten years onwards.                                                                                    

In the Noughties though, it may not be forever - in fact, success and fame haven’t always coincided with talent and class, purely because they have never been easier to obtain. And now, thanks to the increasingly obsessive world of celebrity, media and marketing strategies, certain famous faces haunt us in the papers, TV but mostly now on the internet.

Kurt Cobain gave us grunge in the Nineties, but ten years onwards Paris Hilton has paved the way in her hot pink heels, for a new generation of notorious celebrities.

Whether we like them or not, these are the people that have affected our generation.

Britney Spears

Oh how we thrived on seeing this one fall and then get up on her horse again. The pop princess from Louisiana is arguably the most successful star of the decade, selling over 80 million records world wide.

From fragile girl next door, we have seen her transform into a sultry sex-symbol, then into a shaven headed nutter and prescription-pill popping divorcee, before becoming ‘hot’ again. Surely, all in the name of pop.


This white rapper from Detroit and Dr. Dre’s protégée, built his franchise and made a fortune out of his stolen childhood, telling tales of his general despair growing up in the ghetto both on audio and film.

Most of his songs deal with rage and take the mickey out of his peers in showbusiness - he’s rude, he’s talented and he knows how to play the game. That’s why we like him.

Paris HiltonParis Hilton

The Malibu Barbie was virtually a rich nobody before a steamy video called “One night in Paris” mysteriously was leaked online by her ex. Before you knew it, the blonde of dubious talents but business mastermind has been attending every party, dating all the bad boys in Hollywood, been on every possible advertisement (hamburgers anyone?), tried her hand at acting; had people fighting over her for BFF status and even recorded an album. The rest is history.

Barack Obama

We witnessed history being made as Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States on the night of November 5, 2008.

As the first Afro-American man to step into the oval office, he has taken the political craze to another level with one of the fiercest and most followed presidential campaigns in the history of men.

One year on, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for peace. Other achievements include his two adorable daughters Sascha and Maalia being turned into dolls, a multitude of songs dedicated to Obama (even by Will.I.Am) and Michelle Obama becoming a style icon. Yes he can.

Other Noughties Babies:
Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Robert Pattinson, Oprah Winfrey, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Perez Hilton, Kate Moss
Brangelina, The Cruises', The Beckhams

Ok, fair enough, they are six people altogether. But power couples Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt; Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise; Posh and Becks, create a media frenzy and speculation wherever they go.

They grab headlines of the following kind: Are they on or are they off?; Is Suri Cruise an alien?, Is it over?, ‘……(insert name here) is getting fed up with …..’s (insert beau name here) behavior.

Who cares about their films? Who cares about war when we have impossibly beautiful people leading not so perfect relationships? Yes, it's so comforting.




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