Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood

Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood

by Vanessa Díaz


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In Manufacturing Celebrity Vanessa Díaz traces the complex power dynamics of the reporting and paparazzi work that fuel contemporary Hollywood and American celebrity culture. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, her experience reporting for People magazine, and dozens of interviews with photographers, journalists, publicists, magazine editors, and celebrities, Díaz examines the racialized and gendered labor involved in manufacturing and selling relatable celebrity personas. Celebrity reporters, most of whom are white women, are expected to leverage their sexuality to generate coverage, which makes them vulnerable to sexual exploitation and assault. Meanwhile, the predominantly male Latino paparazzi can face life-threatening situations and endure vilification that echoes anti-immigrant rhetoric. In pointing out the precarity of those who hustle to make a living by generating the bulk of celebrity media, Díaz highlights the profound inequities of the systems that provide consumers with 24/7 coverage of their favorite stars.

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ISBN-13: 9781478009436
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 08/28/2020
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,019,087
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Vanessa Díaz is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations  ix
Acknowledgments  xiii
Introduction. The Precarious Work of Celebrity Media Production  1
I. Pappin' Ain't Easy
1. Shooteando: The Real Paparazzi of Los Angeles  33
2. Latinos Selling Celebrity: Economies and Ethics of Paparazzi Work  76
3. To Live and Die in L.A.: Life, Death, and Labor in the Hollywood-Industrial Complex  95
II. Reporting on the Stars
4. Red Carpet Rituals: Positionality and Power in a Serveilled Space  125
5. Where Reporting Happens: Precarious Spaces and the Exploitation of Women Reporters  150
III. Crafting the Media and the Sociocultural Consequences
6. Body Teams, Baby Bumps, Beauty Standards  181
7. "Brad and Angelina: And Now . . . Brangelina!": The Cultural Economy of (White) Heterosexual Love  218
Conclusion. Reconsidering News and Gossip in the Trump Era  242
Appendix: Interview Sources  251
Notes  255
Bibliography  271
Index  301

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