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It is a well known ‘secret’ that many D listed celebrities work with the paparazzi to better their careers, what is little know is that even A list celebrities are also in cahoots with the controversial photographers.
Hollywood runs like a well oiled machine: celebrities come on the scene, the public takes notice, that triggers the paparazzi’s attention and all of the sudden they make it into the glossy pages of tabloids like Us Weekly and People Magazine, which then leads to better lucrative career choices.
If they are lucky enough to be one of the paparazzi favorite targets, they are most likely going to get a big paycheck from endorsing a huge company like Lancome, Revlon or Covergirl.
Celebs become valuable assets for major companies because by being shot by the paparazzi, they get everyday exposure, making them essentially walking billboards.
The more a “nouveau” celebrity is photographed by the paparazzi, the more the magazine editors get to see their face, their style, the more likely they will end up in the glossy pages of so many celebrity magazines and be seen by the public, gaining more fans.
More fans, more money.
So it is no wonder so many celebrities work with paparazzi who they believe to be trustworthy and capable of handling such a sensitive situation with discretion. Making this crucial move can either make or break a celebrity’s career depending on how it’s handled.
The secretive relationship between the paparazzi and the celebrities is a lucrative business for both parties. A well executed ‘planned’ paparazzi session can be made to look like it was done without the knowledge of the participating celebrity and can make it into the pages of blogs and magazines alike bringing in the big bucks for the paparazzi and a lot of valuable publicity for the celebrity.
The bigger the celebrity the more likely they are working with the paparazzi to keep some sort of handle of the madness that can come with that degree of fame and not doing it for monetary profit.
The bigger the star the more paparazzi.
If a paparazzo is in cahoots with a celebrity, other paparazzi begin to take notice and stop working on the celebrity because it is not worth their time anymore.
It is now worthless to work on the celebrity because the magazines are most likely going to take the perfect ‘paparazzi’ shots instead of shots of them just walking down the street, keeping a tight lid on the madness.
Working with the paparazzi gives celebrities the power to control their image and be the winners at the end. There is nothing better in Hollywood than having a good agent and a paparazzi in your back pocket.
Next time you find yourself hearing a celebrity complain about their woes with the paparazzi remember that they might just be working side by side with the paparazzi they are complaining about.