Early in July, Jessica Simpson caused a minor stir when she posted pictures of her son’s baseball-and-parrots-themed birthday party. It’s not so much that the theme is a head-scratcher (how do these things go together, exactly?), it’s more that in the picture simpson posted of herself at the party, she wasn’t smiling. This made many of her fans upset.
Simpson isn’t the first celebrity to catch flak for not smiling. Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye have both been harassed for their decision to stop smiling in pictures. People always seem to get irritated at celebrities not smiling. But why do people get their ire up when celebrities don’t smile? There are many reasons behind this, and it helps us understand how important smiles are in American society.
Not Smiling Does Send a Bad Message
Smiles are an essential tool in American society. With a diverse country like ours, smiles are necessary to reach across the divides that separate people in terms of both culture and distance.
When celebrities don’t smile, they aren’t reaching out to their audience. Instead, they are putting up an expression that is interpreted as anger, disdain, or indifference. People automatically respond to that physiologically, often with increased stress levels. So it’s not a surprise that people would then lash out at the person who caused them to be stressed in the first place.
We Think Celebrities Should Be Grateful
Another reason why people get upset at unsmiling celebrities is that we think they are being ungrateful. After all, they are the lucky ones. They have money, fame, and all the freedoms that brings. We don’t understand that this may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, and when celebrities express that they might not be happy, we tend to get irritated.
So, any time a celebrity looks like they’re not enjoying the endless party cycle that we imagine their fame to be, we have a tendency to jump on them.
Not Smiling Makes Them Look Aristocratic
Another problem with not smiling is that it makes celebrities look like they’re aristocrats. In fact, this is why models have been trained not to smile when on the runway, something established over 100 years ago to make models (who were poor women) look like aristocrats, so she trained them to hold dour, aristocratic expressions.
And this is part of the reason why Kim Kardashian and others have chosen not to smile–to make themselves look cool and better than the rest of us. And there’s little that can be counted on to irritate Americans more than having someone act like they’re better than the rest of us.
Is Not Smiling Giving People the Wrong Message?
Looking at these reasons, it’s easy to see why people respond the way they do when a celebrity isn’t smiling. And many of these reactions can be seen when everyday people meet, too. If you’re not smiling when you meet people, you may be giving them all kinds of reasons to be irritated at you.
Unfortunately, if you don’t smile because you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you may get the same kinds of negative reactions as these celebrities. So what can you do? Ideally, you should find a way to let yourself smile like you’d like to do. Not only will it make others around you respond in a better way, it will help you to feel better, too.
Good news: you, too, can have a smile you’ll be happy to share. Cosmetic dentistry offers us many options for giving you a beautiful smile. You’ll find that this transforms more than your teeth–it transforms the way you feel and the way that others respond to you. It’s not too much of an overstatement to say that it can transform your life.
If you are looking for life-changing dentistry in San Diego, we can help. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Rod Strober has helped many people to get a beautiful new smile, and he can transform your smile as well. To learn how a new smile could change your life, please call (619) 299-5925 today for an appointment at Strober Dental.