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Star-experts: Celebrity and the namesake of Dr. 90210

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Reality television has produced a long line of television stars who are also “experts” in areas such as cosmetic surgery, hairstyling, fitness, and fashion. Celebrity and expertise work together to bolster each other, while reality TV experts still remain only marginal celebrities. This celebrity-expertise is televisually constructed with little evidence provided. I am particularly interested in the celebrity of Dr. Rey, the namesake of E!’s Dr. 90120 due to the proclamation that he is the best-known surgeon in the U.S. combined with the fact that he is not a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

It is not that Dr. Rey is not or should not be considered an expert, but instead that even minor levels of celebrity are creating experts. The act of appearing on television performing the role of an expert in a supposedly “real” setting renders one both expert and celebrity, creating a unique confluence of aspects of celebrity.
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Heinricy, Shana. "Star-experts: Celebrity and the namesake of Dr. 90210" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 95th Annual Convention, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p368477_index.html>

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Heinricy, S. "Star-experts: Celebrity and the namesake of Dr. 90210" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 95th Annual Convention, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p368477_index.html

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Abstract: Reality television has produced a long line of television stars who are also “experts” in areas such as cosmetic surgery, hairstyling, fitness, and fashion. Celebrity and expertise work together to bolster each other, while reality TV experts still remain only marginal celebrities. This celebrity-expertise is televisually constructed with little evidence provided. I am particularly interested in the celebrity of Dr. Rey, the namesake of E!’s Dr. 90120 due to the proclamation that he is the best-known surgeon in the U.S. combined with the fact that he is not a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

It is not that Dr. Rey is not or should not be considered an expert, but instead that even minor levels of celebrity are creating experts. The act of appearing on television performing the role of an expert in a supposedly “real” setting renders one both expert and celebrity, creating a unique confluence of aspects of celebrity.


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