Celebrity Habitus, Confessional Style: Self-Reflective Bodily Instruction within Khloé Kardashian’s Strong Looks Better Naked

Barron, Lee (2019) Celebrity Habitus, Confessional Style: Self-Reflective Bodily Instruction within Khloé Kardashian’s Strong Looks Better Naked. Fashion, Style and Popular Culture. ISSN 2050-0726 (In Press)

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Abstract

The article examines Khloé Kardashian’s self-help book Strong Looks Better Naked from the perspective of representing a celebrity-based inspirational guide extolling the values of exercise and healthy living and in terms of key tenets of the autobiography. In this context, the article argues that the book is an example of Sean Redmond's concept of the 'celebrity confessional' in that it uses self-reflective disclosures to connect with readers. However, given the confessionals of bodily issues revealed within the book, the article explores how Kardashian exhibits a double sense of habitus through communicating bodily norms and expectations associated with celebrity culture, but also revealing her own relationship with this culture, a factor exacerbated through her membership of the Kardashian family and its potent celebrity brand.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: habitus, celebrity, Kardashians, autobiography, confession
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 13:58
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 08:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38900

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