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Why Are We So Fascinated With Celebrities Having Normal Jobs?

Why Are We So Fascinated With Celebrities Having Normal Jobs?

There was an outpour of support when Ylona Garcia, Kapamilya star and Pinoy Big Brother alum, posted a selfie in a McDonald’s uniform on her Instagram and Twitter. In her caption, she revealed that she decided to start working as a service crew member at a McDonald’s branch in Sydney, Australia, where she was born and raised.

In response to her update, many expressed their surprise and praised her for being humble and taking on a job outside of showbiz, one in the foodservice industry at that. Her comment sections are filled with awe at her decision to work a “regular job” despite her fame. 

What’s Special About It?

It’s not really surprising that Ylona, with her huge platform and loyal following, is being talked about for her post. After all, it is news to her fans that she took a job doing something other than performing. 

But as netizens celebrate her decision and even go so far as to call her inspirational for taking the job, it poses the question of why we’re so fascinated with celebrities for getting service industry or blue-collar jobs in the first place? 

We saw a similar response a few months ago when Jinri Park, another PBB alum, revealed that she was now a waitress in Australia. And again a couple of weeks ago when the public assumed that Eric Fructuoso, who was a member of the boy band Gwapings, started working as a tricycle driver after his Instagram post went viral. 

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My 30s: A turning point in my life If I had to describe my 20s in a word it would be glamour. From all the fun times I had during my college days, just drinking and clubbing with my friends to becoming a radio jock, model, actress and host, it’s definitely been exciting. I had the opportunity to be infront of the mic and camera, having people doll me up and living very comfortably. Not saying that it was all fun, I had my fair share of being a newbie in the industry, heartbreaks, hardships etc(just as everyone else). But When I look back now, I can definitely say I lived my life to the fullest. Now that I’m in my 30s, life has changed 180! I got married, moved to Australia, and now…got a job! For this past week I worked as a trainee for a restaurant being a waitress (I did graduate with a degree in HRM and worked also at Your Local for about a year as a Maitre d). Honestly when I moved to Sydney I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I felt like I was back to zero, with not knowing what career path I’d want to take. I didn’t feel like I fit in that glamorous life of being a model anymore, and wanted to move past it to something I would grow into. Maybe even spend the rest of my life doing. After months of thinking and discussing with family, I got to choose something I thought would be a good match for my strengths and personality. I can’t tell you right now but will definitely update everyone once it starts! So for now, I need to earn my tuition fee to get a degree for that job I want in the future(tuition fees for international students are extremely expensive here!!!). I’ve already met some awesome pinoy guests at the restaurant I work in and I was delighted how nice they were! If you ever meet me don’t be shy! It’s creepier if you just stare hahaha Looking forward to my new start,taking responsibility for my future. These are exciting times, it’s never too late to start again. Don’t ever be afraid to do something new, to start from the bottom and build your way up again. Thank you to my followers who have been supportive even after I got married, moved to Australia and don’t work as a sexy model hahaha I love you guys! Have the courage to start!❤️

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The support from Ylona’s fans is understandable. But the fact that she is seen as brave and inspirational while millions of Filipinos who are also food service workers are being looked down on every day just shows how much the public puts celebrities on a pedestal. 

Entertainment news like these are often talked about without acknowledging that how admirable a situation is to people is often informed by class and influence. When stars with that kind of fame or money do “normal” and “everyday” jobs, it’s romanticized and deemed heroic. Otherwise, these occupations and the workers that have them are often just taken for granted.

There’s nothing wrong with fans liking that their favorite celebrity is working a “regular” job and expressing support for those decisions, of course. But it’s always worth remembering that portraying them as an icon of humility and hard work because of that choice without acknowledging the double standards present just isn’t the way to go.

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