I’m sure you can think of all kinds of people who might be up to some diva antics at Disneyland, but chances are that Justin Bieber isn’t one who was high on your list. Sadly though, it was this manchild superstar who got labeled Diva with a capital D for his behavior in the most magical place on earth.
First, the facts: Bieber was apparently trying to enjoy a night out with a lady friend when he was, surprise surprise, followed around by some salivating adolescent fans. The trouble came when his bodyguards then shone flashlights in the faces of any unfortunate onlooker trying to take a photo, and allegedly “blinded” them. Not all that good for PR.
And now, some takeaways that I got from reading about this madness.
When thinking about Emma Watson, the words classy, pretty, and admirable might come to mind, but chances are diva would never be your first association. While Watson has certain achieved a level of popularity and success in her career (and at such a young age!), she doesn’t seem to have the loud personality characteristics that complete the definition of a diva. So why is it that she’s making an appearance on our site?
Watson is no diva in real life, but she’ll portray one in her next film. Set for theater release on June 13th, The Bling Ring was inspired by the true story of several teenage friends who used the internet to track celebrity whereabouts and then burglarize their homes. In the film, Emma Watson plays Nicki, a pole-dancing socialite who ends up in jail after her friends get caught bragging about their crimes online. To prep for her role, Watson immersed herself into the world of divas by watching shows like The Hills and Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Watson believed that examining the lives and mannerisms of self-proclaimed divas would give her a better understanding of the sociology and psychology of people like them, making it easier to portray Nicki in the film.
To embody her character as well as possible, Watson also observed Alexis Neiers, one of the real girls involved in the robberies whose Watson’s character Nicki is based off of. Neiers starred on a reality show with two of the other culprits, called Pretty Wild. The show chronicled the three girls lives’ as they made their way into the Hollywood social scene after moving from Westlake Village, California. After the show pilot was filmed, Alexis was arrested for her involvement with the Bling Ring, and part of the show documented her trial. The show was not renewed, but it was enough material for Watson to work with. Drama and divas for sure.
When interviewed on her role, Watson stated that “Nicki is so different from me. How do I try and understand a young woman who loves these things so much that she is prepared to commit crimes to have them?…With Nicki, I was really taking on a character. Some of her lines are so crazy and absurd—making sure she wasn’t a parody was a challenge.” We’re looking forward to seeing how well Watson transforms into a diva on the big screen next month.
The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper might not be real, but if he were, he would be the biggest diva. Jim Parsons brings to life this lovable physicist with the most neurotic and compulsive tendencies on TV. Sheldon’s divadom is expressed throughout the hit series, but a few of my favorite examples are highlighted below.
1) Diva-like demands when he is sick. Hey, we all become divas when we are under the weather, but Sheldon takes it to another level with his insistence on the “Soft Kitty” song and Vicks rubbed all over his chest. Sheldon’s commitment to his sick routine no matter who is there to take care of him, his mother or his reluctant neighbor Penny, is a true diva move.
I don’t think people can take a website called “Extraordinary Divas” seriously unless we discuss Beyonce a good amount, especially with all the attention she’s been getting lately. From her SuperBowl performance to appearance at the Grammys to her time on Oprah, she’s been sucking up a lot of the spotlight lately (and we’re not complaining). Here are some of the most important news snippets about her lately:
This picture has been circulating around the Internet, and boy is it precious (no surprise). Everyone is ecstatic to have finally gotten a look at Blue Ivy since B has been so secretive, but she has been that way rightfully and impressively so. It’s difficult to maintain privacy in today’s world and I think a bit of sheltering is best when it comes to small children.
Many know Lucille Ball for her role as “Lucy” in the hit TV show “I Love Lucy”, but this was merely one of her many successful television shows and productions. Not only was she an actress, she was also a talented model, executive producer and comedienne. She’s been determined to be one of the most well known and inspiring celebrities in the U.S. during her lifetime. She also had one of the longest careers recorded in Hollywood history, spanning from the ‘30’s all the way through the ’70s. She was even the first woman in history to run a full-blown, major television studio, which she named Desilu. During her time in this studio, she produced many popular television series.
As if these credentials for making her one of the most famous icons of all time aren’t enough, she was showered with awards over the course of her lifetime. She was nominated for an Emmy Award thirteen times. Out of those fourteen times, she won four times. She was also one of the first women to receive the Women in Film Crystal Award. She also won a Golden Globe in 1979, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986 and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television and Arts & Sciences in 1989.
A few days ago I unexpectedly found myself in an emotional tailspin so I decided to do what those fabulous heroines of yore did – I took to my bed. There I was dramatically draped across the sheets with my hand resting on my feverish brow, when I realized that this taking-to-one’s-bed business was seriously boring. What did those heroines do just lying there brooding all day? I was bored. It was hot. I was bothered. Quite frankly the best way around an emotional tailspin situation lay in a pair of unworn shoes that needed to be broken in. Three and a half minutes into the bed-taking exercise I abandoned ship, threw on said heels and joined two friends for dinner.
That’s when those heroines of yore reappeared and the first of my diva tips (i.e. all things related to your maintenance, upkeep and grooming) came into existence. “Why did they ban the girdle?” asked one friend, a mom of two year old twin daughters and a four year old son. “I have to go to a black tie dinner, I can’t find a dress that fits like dresses used to fit me. My stomach and waistline just go straight up and down and over and out, not to mention the rest of my body! So why oh why did they ban the girdle?”
In cases of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, documents are always analyzed to determine what went wrong in the aftermath. In my opinion, two things tend to always go wrong. The people and the politicians. The major problem is that people do not take care of themselves and rely on Big Brother. But that’s not what I’m writing about today.
Today, I’m writing about politicians and their clothes. Or generally speaking, about how they are more concerned with how they look and what others think of them than they are with doing their job.
Great, they want to do a photo op. That shows they’re really working on the important stuff. Next, we have their clothes. I guess politicians don’t have any clothes of their own that would make it look like they were working. Which would mean they don’t do any work unless they do it in her high dollar big city business suits.
If there’s one man I love to see on TV (besides Adam Levine, that is), it’s Cee Lo Green. In fact, his flamboyant outfits, well-thought out compliments and sometimes erratic but hilarious behavior is mostly why I watch the singing competition. I was a fan of Gnarls Barkley, but ever since Cee Lo started appearing on TV more often, I’ve found myself viewing whatever he’s featured in. He is my absolute favorite TV diva.
Why is that? Well, for one, his outfits. Oh, his outfits. Cee Lo comes out with the craziest ensembles you’ve ever seen. Take, for instance, his prince outfit. He’s also been decked out with a crochet outfit, bedazzled suits, and his pet bird. He’s almost never without his signature sunglasses. He’s even part of the rage faces collection! In addition, Saturday Night Live did a skit highlighting how out there and “freaky” he is (and it’s quite funny).
As far as the election and divas, I think it’s safe to say that Paul Ryan outdid himself when he chose to pose for the workout pictures that have been circulating around the internet. I don’t know why anyone in their right mind would pose for such pictures unless they’re a bodybuilder or gym owner, but in all honesty it doesn’t surprise me that Mr. Ryan gladly took the opportunity to flaunt his fitness. Perhaps you don’t think this is a diva thing but I do…it’s showing off. Ryan and Romney are obvious fans of patriarchy and I think they’d do a lot of bizarre things to showcase their manliness and dominant attitudes to the world. Regardless of what side you’re on, chances are you do think it’s at least a little weird.
The recent LoLo Jones debacle notwithstanding, we’ve seen some serious prima donna activity in the past few years from all angles in sports. But how do you decide the biggest diva? Well, if you’re an extraordinary diva, you just know. There’s nothing scientific about it, it’s all instincts dahling!
Dwight Howard. Good GAWD! It seems like just a few years ago everyone loved this guy. Then the Big 3 moved to Miami and Howard turned into a sniveling, whiny, brat. After watching him completely mail it in while feuding with Stan Van Gundy, it was overwhelmingly apparent that Howard had crossed the line into complete diva-dom.