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Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood
by Vanessa Díaz
Duke University Press, 2020
Paper: 978-1-4780-0943-6 | eISBN: 978-1-4780-0888-0 | Cloth: 978-1-4780-0854-5
Library of Congress Classification P94.5.H58D53 2020

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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