Being a Celebrity Kid – Boon or Curse?

  @ibtimes on May 23 2011 6:26 AM

It must be good karma - being born a celebrity kid - born with the proverbial silver spoon in the mouth. Custom-made designer clothes, huge mansions, vacations around the world, travel by private jets, round-the-clock nannies to fulfill every need - these are just some of the perks of being a star kid.

Suri Cruise, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's daughter, has a wardrobe worth millions of dollars; picks her own clothes, designer bags, and make-up; moves around with her personal bodyguard; and has been voted the 21st 'best dressed woman in the world' in a Glamour Magazine poll. And to think she is all of 5 years!

At 4 years, Tori Spelling's son, Liam McDermott, has his own Twitter account with 30,000 followers. One of his posts reads, I just want a watch, a hat, and a guitar. Never mind! I just want everything!

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's 3-year old twins, Max and Emme, have already shot a Gucci kids campaign. Stars in their own right, they beam down on ordinary mortals from a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's six kids - 9- year old Maddox; Zahara, 6; Pax, 7; Shiloh, 4; and twins Vivienne and Knox, who are 2 - get to travel around the world with their actor parents as their busy shooting schedules have them criss-crossing the globe. From a Parisian cruise to a Venetian vacation, from Christmas in Namibia to a stay in Budapest, they have done it in style.

These kids have it all. The glamor, the good life, and the world at their feet. At a very young age they have experienced the adulation and attention most people only dream of. But all of this comes at a price.

Suri Cruise recently celebrated her 5th birthday. The paparazzi hovering over her Beverly Hills mansion in a chopper had the minutest details - the pink dress she wore, the turquoise sunglasses, the guests who attended, and the tea-party theme. All this might seem exciting to a 5-year-old but when she is older, will she like having her every move splayed across every tabloid in town?

When Michael Jackson passed away, his children Prince, Paris, and Blanket became the center of media frenzy - 3 kids guarded fiercely from the media in Jackson's lifetime were not even allowed to grieve in private, after his death. It was heart-breaking to watch the kids put up a brave front at his funeral with all the world watching. How traumatic it must have been - not being able to break down and cry at the loss of a parent.

Do Sasha and Malia Obama miss walking down to the ice-cream truck to buy a snow cone? Do they yearn to simply take a walk without security trailing them? They most probably do. But these simple joys of childhood are lost to them forever because their father is the most powerful man in the United States, and hence, the most protected too.

Will these kids grow up to become normal happy adults not taking the media glare too seriously or will they turn into vain narcissists, believing the world revolves around them? Will the constant media focus turn them into attention-seeking monsters or will they choose to graciously blend into the world of ordinary people? We will just have to wait and watch till these princes and princesses of tinsel town grow up.

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