Rise to Fame Through the Generations

1930 to 2030

  • Shirley Temple (b. 1928)

    Shirley Temple (b. 1928)

    The Silents started their lives in a world characterized by crisis. Children grow up well groomed and overprotected in a conformist, traditional culture. Perhaps sometimes serving as vessels through which parents live out their own dreams? Shirley Temple’s mother ‘was a thwarted dancer who had grown too tall to become a ballerina. Like many other mothers in those days, she channelled her frustrated ambitions into her daughter.” (Daily Mail)
  • Bob Dylan (b. 1941)

    Bob Dylan (b. 1941)

    But ‘Times They Are A-Changing’, and over time members of the Silents started questioning social norms and injustices. Known as consensus makers, this generation is known for pluralism, expertise, and due process. Perhaps also as harbingers of changes to come?
  • Robert Plant (b. 1948)

    Robert Plant (b. 1948)

    The cultural revolution of the 1960s culminated with a musical transcendence which still reverberates in various musical genres today. Culture wars might be socially destructive but maybe they bring out the best in the arts?
  • Madonna (b. 1958)

    Madonna (b. 1958)

    As soon as the last bra was thrown into the feminist campfire, Madonna brought them back into fashion – in conical shapes on top of fishnet clothes and accessorized by oversized cross pendants. Born is the “lipstick feminist” and a generation of material girls who’s not ashamed of flaunting their decadence. Not sure if Madonna agrees that she’s a Boomer though, she probably thinks of herself as Millennial.
  • Generation X

    Generation X

    Kurt Cobain (b. 1967) When the 1980s poodle rock had become a parody of itself, Cobain and Grunge colleagues refreshed the stage with unpretentiousness in attitudes and attires. Generation X knows it’s screwed and are not ashamed to get drunk on the hard lemonade they made from the lemons they were served in life.
  • Anne Hathaway (b. 1982)

    Anne Hathaway (b. 1982)

    Rumored to have said: “I realized my older brother was gay, and I couldn’t support a religion that didn’t support my brother. Now I call myself a nondenominational Christian, because I haven’t found the religion for me.” Hathaway epitomizes the Millennial generation in many ways. According to Pew Research, Millennials are (over-) confident, connected and open to change. The ones who reach fame tend to emit those characteristics.
  • Justin Bieber (b. 1994)

    Justin Bieber (b. 1994)

    Born in 1994 Justin Bieber is at the cusp of Generation Z and late Millennial. Achieving his fame by uploading his movies to YouTube, he is possibly the best argument for the term NetGeneration together with Psy who reached instant fame with “Gangnam Style”, which has been downloaded over a billion times.
  • China Anne McClain (b. 1998)

    China Anne McClain (b. 1998)

    Disney’s rising star with the big voice is one of the first representatives of Generation Z. China follows in the footsteps of a handful of Millennial hopefuls including Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez who rose to fame with help from the Disney channel. Did Disney pick up where MTV left off?
  • Sorry Kitty (b. 2015) - a scenario

    Sorry Kitty (b. 2015) - a scenario

    Lead singer of the K-pop band Saccharine. Read the full scenario about a homelander’s rise to fame in 2030.

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