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"Wanna-bes" —  Mimicking Idols

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Two 12-year-old girls are standing outside a mini-mart. They are wearing matching tube tops and short skirts like Britney Spears clones. One holds a cigarette, like an adult, where everyone can see her.   She looks around to make sure other girls are noticing her.  When asked why she dresses the way she does, she says that she likes it.      More specifically, it has more to do with her ambiguous role as a pre-teen in society. 
Two 12-year-old girls are standing outside a mini-mart. They are wearing matching tube tops and short skirts like Britney Spears clones. One holds a cigarette, like an adult, where everyone can see her.   She looks around to make sure other girls are noticing her.  When asked why she dresses the way she does, she says that she likes it.      More specifically, it has more to do with her ambiguous role as a pre-teen in society.  

ambiguous (Adj) – unclear, confusing, two-sided

clone (N) - identical genetic copy

insecurity (N)) – a feeling of not being safe or not acting confidently.

mimic (V) - copy or imitate

mimicry (N) a copy, an imitation

wanna-be (slang n.) – dressing and acting like a famous person, a pop idol: "want-to-be"; plural wanna-bes

 

 

 

 

 

"Wanna-bes"

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  Preteens are in between child and adult stages.  
  Preteens are in between child and adult stages.    

 

appropriate (Adj) – correct or suitable for a particular purpose, person, occasion

mimic (V) mimicking (gerund) – copy behavior, act out similar behavior

stage (N) – a period or step in the development of a person, animal, thing, or process

 

 

 

 

 

"Wanna-bes"

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  Unfortunately, many of their idols dress and behave in ways that are not age-appropriate.    Teens need better role models than Hollywood currently has to offer. 
  Unfortunately, many of their idols dress and behave in ways that are not age-appropriate.    Teens need better role models than Hollywood currently has to offer. 

 

role model (NP) – a person with behavior that is good for children to emulate, imitate, act like.

provocative (Adj) – something that stirs up emotional responses (feelings, desires) such as anger, sexual interest (lust), annoyance (bother) or curiosity.

 

 

 

 

 

"Wanna-bes"

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One of these things is spending ridiculous amounts of money on idol clothing-lines.  That's right!  Young Hollywood celebrities are making money off  their twelve-year old "peers" who give in to peer pressure. 
. One of these things is spending ridiculous amounts of money on idol clothing-lines.  That's right!  Young Hollywood celebrities are making money off  their twelve-year old "peers" who give in to peer pressure. 

celebrity (N) – well known, famous person

clothing lines (NP) – brand-named, often high-priced, currently-popular clothing.

give in (V) – surrender, be unable to resist

peer pressure (NP) – the influencing attitudes, beliefs and behavior that cause an individual to conform (be like the rest of the group ); the social behavior of friends that cause a person to adopt similar behavior, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.