The Kardashians. The Jonas Brothers. Two celebrity families that have stolen the spotlight and made their mark on their respective industries. Often, we look at celebrity families and criticize them for being in the public eye, but here’s another perspective: these families are reminding us how important family is.
Family Is the Most Important Thing
The Kardashians have had their share of scandals in the past. Each sister has struggled with some sort of public drama, and often their actions do warrant criticism. But through all of their worst moments, the Kardashians have stood by their family.
Even more fascinating, despite living so publicly by showing so much of their life on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, each of the sisters is living a fairly traditional lifestyle: they are (for the most part) either married or in a dedicated relationship, and they have large families. They value children and bear them, despite being what some might term “too young.” They put their sisters first. They are close to their mother. They are close to their partners.
On the other hand, the Jonas Brothers have rarely been the source of any controversy. They used to wear chastity rings and were typical Disney Channel stars. As they aged, the band broke up and each brother went on his own path. Kevin Jonas got married fairly young. Nick Jonas recently married Priyanka Chopra, and not soon after, Joe Jonas married Sophie Turner (who just announced they are expecting!).
To see three brothers espouse the values of family and marriage in mainstream media is pretty epic.
After all three brothers had found their brides, the band got back together and came out with a music video displaying how much they adore their respective women and showing off how proud they are to be married. To see three brothers espouse the values of family and marriage in mainstream media is pretty epic.
It’s Not Just Celebrity Families
The Kardashians and the Jonas Brothers are not the only ones living traditional lifestyles in the public eye. So many influencers are getting married and having children: Mary Orton, Gal Meets Glam, and Katies Bliss are just a few Instagrammers who either recently had children or just announced that they’re pregnant.
Seeing families like the Kardashians and the Jonas Brothers embracing their siblings, husbands, wives, and children and finding support and motivation in them was inspiring.
Additionally, many YouTubers talk about how important it is to be near family or start families of their own: RachhLoves, Leighannsays, and Tati Westbrook are all good examples. RachhLoves and Tati Westbrook include their sisters or sister-in-laws in their videos, as well as their husbands. Leighannsays and Tati Westbrook share their infertility struggles online in an effort to talk about how much they are looking forward to growing their families.
The Changing Narrative
I remember feeling as a young woman that I had to go out on my own to find myself. Movies, magazines, and social media all gave me the impression that I had to be uber independent to embrace the strong woman I was born to be. The problem was, I loved my family and I loved the idea of living a more traditional lifestyle.
I realized that being close to family isn’t odd or weird, but instead gives you the strength to find yourself.
It wasn’t until I was already married that I began to see this change in public figures. I realized that being close to family isn’t odd or weird, but instead gives you the strength to find yourself. Seeing families like the Kardashians and the Jonas Brothers embracing their siblings, husbands, wives, and children and finding support and motivation in them was inspiring.
I had a teacher in high school who wasn’t a fan of Angelina Jolie, but one day she stopped and said, “You have to give the woman credit. She has adopted three children and is providing them with a home. And that’s pretty darn great.” You don’t have to love the Kardashians to recognize that they have brought a positive spin to close-knit families and to bearing children. You don’t have to enjoy the Jonas Brothers’ music to give them credit for making marriage look great. Young women everywhere are being given the opportunity to see family as a truly positive thing – and for that, I give celebrity families kudos.
Abby Roth is the creator of Classically Abby, an opera, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brand dedicated to looking at the world from a classic perspective. Abby is an opera singer with three degrees in operatic performance from USC and Manhattan School of Music. She has performed all over at companies including Opera Omaha, Opera Maine, and Aspen Music Festival. You can find her website at www.classicallyabby.com and follow her on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest at @ClassicallyAbby.