Superstars of the 21st Century: Pop Favorites of America's Teens

Superstars of the 21st Century: Pop Favorites of America's Teens

Superstars of the 21st Century: Pop Favorites of America's Teens

Superstars of the 21st Century: Pop Favorites of America's Teens

Synopsis

Who are the superstar icons of the new century the singers and actors who are captivating today's audiences? Get to know them in this exciting and informative new resource. In a series of biographical essays, "Superstars of the 21st Century: Pop Favorites of America's Teens" explores the lives of these extraordinary talents, giving readers an up-close look at their upbringings and families, their professional beginnings, and the remarkable accomplishments of their careers.

Did you know singing star Rhianna was a member of her high school military cadet corps? That despite earning millions for her movie roles, Dakota Fanning has never received an allowance? That "Twilight"'s Robert Pattinson was routinely dressed up as a girl by his sisters? The biographies included in "Superstars of the 21st Century" are filled with little-known facts like these, as well as career highlights and real insights into the daily lives of this generation's iconic figures."

Excerpt

For as long as there have been celebrities, there have been cultural role models that teens either relate to, look up to, or aspire to be. These pop-culture superstars are not determined by age, nationality, gender, or specific talent but by their ability to spur imagination, impart the belief that any goal is achievable, or even just make it okay to be who you are. the pop favorites overviewed in this book are all 21st-century role models for teens in one fashion or another. They both entertain and inspire but, mostly, they provide living proof that dreams really do come true. Some, such as Ellen DeGeneres, cross generational lines in their appeal and influence; others, such as Miley Cyrus, have attained success in a variety of professional roles.

Written in an engaging manner for high school students and general readers, the chapters in this reference work feature popular athletes, such as Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, and Shaun White; singers, such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift; and actors, such as Blake Lively, Dakota Fanning, and Chace Crawford. Most of the chapters treat a single pop-culture superstar, while a few discuss several figures together because of their personal and professional relationships. Many of the chapters provide sidebars highlighting interesting people and related topics. Since this reference work is meant to support student research on the celebrities who interest them, each chapter provides notes and some chapters cite works for further reading. the volume closes with a selected, general bibliography of print and electronic resources.

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