Our Favorite Celebrities Then and Now: A Brief Inquiry

As part of the majority, it goes without saying that we perhaps hold our favorite celebrities in high regard. We watch their shows, buy their merchandise, listen to their latest albums, follow their social media accounts, and even use the products they advertise. We cannot deny how much they have influenced us. We adore the roles they play in that they are manifestations of either our inarticulate thoughts or our unspoken feelings—a certain form of attachment is birthed. We sometimes forget that they are like us, humans, who are capable of undergoing constant myriad changes in their life.

Everything is uncertain. There is a deep chasm between ‘then’ and ‘now’ that might be filled with either good or bad circumstances that can greatly affect the ‘now’. A celebrity’s success back then does not necessarily equate to success in the present; the same goes with failure, a trace of good luck to a once unlucky celebrity might go a long way. May this compilation remind us that besides the roles they play, there is certainly more to the celebrities than what they choose to show in the big screen.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama will forever take credit for being the first African-American president in US history. Today, he is 60 years old, and he remains one of the most influential figures amongst the Democrats. The silver-haired political figure remains a pop icon and will also be releasing a series of recorded conversations with rock legend Bruce Springsteen titled Renegades: Born in the USA.

The Hawaiin native has undoubtedly come a long way from Columbia University days. He is also a lawyer, graduating from Harvard Law School and tenured as the representative of the 13th district of Illinois from 1997 until 2004. Then, he rose to further political stature, becoming a US Senator from Illinois from 2005 until 2008. From there, he would win the Presidency in 2009. Furthermore, months after his inauguration, he was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.