Lifestyles Of The Socialite

What or who is it to become a socialite? A socialite is a person who is considered to be at the epitome of the social structure. Someone who mingles with those of the top and are considered elite. In the past, the socialite were the elite rich of society. The old families with the mansions and acres and acres of land had nothing better to do than to host parties and summer excursions between their many mansions and spend the months of the year enjoying themselves while their peasants handled the work in the farms. Later on with the revolutions and the great wars this culture changed, not by choice, rather due to necessity of increasing costs, smaller houses and lesser provisions. With the end of the wars a new society was built up, of the merchants who had money rather than the old nobility who now had no financial support. Hence a new socialite was born who had the money, but few connections. 

In the modern context, the old families have all but died out and it is more the power one has over the surrounding people and the economy which seems to be of any significance. The socialite is expected to make appearances at the proper parties and dinner dances. The most prominent and sought out socialists are the celebrities of our modern world, whose presence at a party or fashion show deems it an instant success.

The rules in place for a socialist are ruthless. Drawing all eyes in the room has both its perks and drawbacks it seems and they are expected to be in their best behavior at all times. The smallest mistake can have lasting consequences. Not knowing to roll your own loose tobacco or visiting a bar without a tobacco license or even wearing the wrong color underwear to a function or carrying the wrong poodle can mean death to the career of a socialite. The people who adore them and look up to them are the most judgmental and ruthless.

Being a socialist means a life of glamor and flamboyance. For someone who does not love every minute of the attention, this can become extremely tedious. They are required to wear only certain things, eat and drink certain items or from certain places, talk and walk in a certain way. It is almost like being the modern geisha, with the money and contacts to change the world, yet putting on the same mask in the face of society to be accepted and adored by those around them.