“This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom–though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well–to discuss stardom and celebrity in general.”

A.L. Knight, CHOICE

This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory – both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies.

The Hollywood Latina Body as Site of Social Struggle: Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopez's “Cross-over Butt”

The Hollywood Latina body as site of social struggle: Media constructions of stardom and Jennifer Lopez's “cross-over butt”
Mary C.Beltrán

It was the Entertainment Weekly photographs that clinched it. When actress Jennifer Lopez graced the October 9, 1998 Entertainment Weekly cover and headlined that week's cover story on entertainment industry “divas,” the cover and inside photos were unusual, even as far as cheesecake photos go. The cover photograph consisted of Lopez wearing only a pair of black tights and a satisfied smile and posed with her back to the camera, a pure fetishization of her posterior. The photo inside was in the same vein, covering two pages and set ...

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