Character Trait: Glamorous

Definition: having an aura of allure and fascination; a showy attractiveness

Causes: a need for attention, a fear of what others will think, always wanting to look one's best out of respect for others, being raised in a glamorous environment (Hollywood, Broadway, etc.), having parents or siblings in the glamor industry, excessive wealth

Characters in Literature and Pop Culture: Scarlett O'Hara (Gone with the Wind), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace

Positives: Power and wealth are undeniably attractive, so most glamorous characters catch the attention of others. They are envied, admired, and copied by their peers. Glamorous characters have an air of self-confidence (whether real or fabricated) that is appealing. Whether the glamor is a true extension of a person's personality or a complete fabrication, the glamorous person is somewhat set apart from others. While this aloofness is scorned in a "normal person", it is often expected and overlooked in the glamorous character.

Negatives: Glamorous characters are easily misunderstood. Because of their aloofness, people don't often get to know the real person and often draw incorrect conclusions about them. As a result, glamorous people may have trouble trusting others, never knowing if someone is reaching out to them out of a true desire to connect or a selfish motivation. While some glamorous people dress and act the way they do as a true extension of their personality, many use glamor as a shield, wanting to keep people at arms' length or portray themselves as being more important than they are. Glamor can mask insecurity, weakness, and great sadness.

Common Portrayals: actors, models, royalty, the wealthy, rock stars, beauty queens

Clichés to Avoid: the criminally bored young heir or heiress; the glamorous character who takes pity on a hopeless cause and makes her over into someone fabulous; the washed-up actress or model who clings to her glamor via plastic surgery and inappropriate clothing 

Twists on the Traditional Glamorous Character: 

  • Glamorous characters are almost always wealthy. But what about a poor or working class character who achieves glamor through little means? (Pretty in Pink style) 
  • Or, to twist the cliché the other direction, create a wealthy character with absolutely no style or fashion whatsoever. 
  • People usually work so hard at being glamorous because of their need to live up to others' expectations, being driven to keep up with the Joneses, or a desire to appear more "together" than they really are. Try changing the motivation to put a twist on the glamorous character. 


Conflicting Characteristics to Make your Glamorous Character Unique or More Interesting: distracted, humble, clumsy, rowdy, poor, awkward, strange

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16 comments:

tracycampbellwriter said...

I enjoy reading your posts.
Still patiently waiting for my copy of the Emotion Thesaurus to arrive. Sigh.

Traci Kenworth said...

Good one.

Angela Ackerman said...

*sitting here typing in a bathrobe*

Yeah, good thing Becca tackled this one...I am so not glamorous! LOL

Becca Puglisi said...

Um, you've seen me on Skype. Sooooo not glamorous, lol.

Linda O'Connell said...

ahhh, glamour is in the eye of the beholder :)

Becca Puglisi said...

Ahh, Tracy. Gotta love the postal service ;). And Linda, I couldn't agree more. I watch those Fashion Police shows, and the people I think they're going to crucify are the ones they're all gooey-eyed over. I just don't get it.

Diane Carlisle said...

Audrey Hepburn is perfectly glamorous in Breakfast at Tiffany's! Love that movie. :)

Great character trait.

The Golden Eagle said...

I've never really thought about writing a glamorous character before. Interesting post!

Miranda Hardy said...

Such a great trait!

Old Kitty said...

I aspire to be glamorous but never quite make the cut as real life always intrudes! LOL!! Audrey Hepburn is total glam though! Take care
x

cleemckenzie said...

I'm always intrigued by people who can carry off glamour. That would not be me, but I aspire to a touch of it. Loved the post.

Trisha said...

I only recently saw my first Audrey Hepburn movies - Breakfast at Tiffany's and Sabrina. Fun :)

Your posts on character traits are invaluable!

Jay Noel said...

Why does Fergie suddenly pop into my head after reading this post???

Leslie S. Rose said...

I live so close to Hollywood, you can smell the glamour fumes.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Perfect photo for glamourous! I've never written a a glamourous character, but it might be fun. Great post, as always!

Jemi Fraser said...

GReat post! Glamourous characters haven't shown up in my stories yet, but they would be fun to write :)

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