Why do some users use celebrity pictures as their profile picture?

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  1. Anishpat profile image77
    Anishpatposted 11 years ago

    Why do some users use celebrity pictures as their profile picture?


  2. Ellana317 profile image69
    Ellana317posted 11 years ago

    Hummm... I was actually wondering that myself.  I'd assume it's an attention getter and maybe they don't believe they'd recieve the same response if they posted a picture of themselves.  I could be wrong but it's just a thought.

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      Headfullofsoundposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      In a way it's an attention getter...but in my case it comes from my sincere appreciation for the celebrity in question.  I can't speak for everyone but neither should you!

  3. JohnGreasyGamer profile image76
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 11 years ago

    Maybe it's for the sake of it. People might want to show what their articles are about, and base them mostly on the person in their profile. You'll find a lot of video game players out there doing it too, mostly Gears of War or Halo fans using Spartans and Gears them.

    I personally don't like most of the default avatars that come with most sites, so I just uploaded my own image.

  4. WebsiteConfetti profile image60
    WebsiteConfettiposted 11 years ago

    I think people do it because they are a fan of that celebrity and want the world to know.  On a writing site like Hub Pages, you'd hope that people wouldn't used celebrity pictures, because for one they just loose credibility as it looks like the article was written by a non-serious writer  and secondly, you are not really branding yourself as a writer on Hub Pages by using someone else's public profile.

  5. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 11 years ago

    Lots of people are not comfortable with how they, themselves look in photos. Perhaps they pick a celebrity they think expresses who they are, or who they wish they were. Or maybe they just think it will get a better response or more readers.

    1. |Pranshu| profile image69
      |Pranshu|posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Perfect Answer Sherry.

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      Headfullofsoundposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm afraid you just don't get it, honey.  It doesn't have shit to do with my photogenicism (if that's a word)...it's due to the simple fact that maybe just MAYBE I don't WANT complete strangers seeing my true face.

  6. pagesvoice profile image74
    pagesvoiceposted 11 years ago

    Perhaps some people use celebrity pictures because they want to keep their face anonymous. Maybe too they liken a celebrity photo to posting on a dating site, e.g., stretching the truth about height, age, occupation, and weight. Also, maybe they just want to create some mystery about who they really are.

  7. christin53 profile image84
    christin53posted 11 years ago

    Do they? I haven't come across this yet or maybe I just don't recognise the celebrity.

  8. freecampingaussie profile image61
    freecampingaussieposted 11 years ago

    I haven't come across any yet but would assume its because they don't want to show their face . I would rather they put a photo of their favourite animal or a scene rather than an actor tho which would show a bit of their personality at least .

  9. thertastore profile image42
    thertastoreposted 11 years ago

    If you look at another point of view then you realize that people can choose their profile pic according to their mentality and understanding  himself like hero or something..

  10. diliptech profile image59
    diliptechposted 11 years ago

    may be to resemble celebrity's personality.

    1. profile image0
      Headfullofsoundposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I used to be an emulator of my Idol of the Week...then I got better.  Nothing's "fake" or "forced" on my profile if that's what you're wondering.

  11. profile image0
    Headfullofsoundposted 11 years ago

    As one who does this himself (That's Mark E. Smith on the left), it's due to the fact that I need to create a wall between my online life and my private life, and to reflect what I'm interested in (The brilliant music and songwriting from the Fall).  The real question to me is, why do so many upload pictures of themselves to sites like this?  Do people not care about violating their own existential  barriers anymore in the wake of newer realms of media?  I guess not.

    1. WaterGod profile image59
      WaterGodposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Please know I was just clowning around on my comment. It's not an issue with me. Using a celeb photo makes you mysterious. I actually look like Brad Pitt but use the old baldheaded dude photo for cover!

  12. WaterGod profile image59
    WaterGodposted 11 years ago

    I already look like a star! I even have my arm around a star! There are 2 reasons: 1, they want to remain anonymous. 2, they are really, really ugly!

  13. M K Paul profile image74
    M K Paulposted 11 years ago

    I feel most of teenagers use this concept. Because they love to be in their dream world with their heroes.They love to be like their favorite celebrities. Sometimes some people are a hardcore fan of some celebrities, which they express with these ways.

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      Headfullofsoundposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Depends on the picture, MK.  That George Clooney shot up there...so empty, meaningless, and stagnant.  While my photo is of a celebrity, it also says something about me - I am a very reflective person.  So it goes beyond simple fandom.


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