, Multi Media Magazine Consumer Hair Editor (2000-present)
There are a variety of creative ways celebrities deal with the paparazzi:
- Using a range of objects to hide the face.
If a photographer can’t get a celebrity’s face, they usually can’t sell it to anyone.
Dustin Hoffman hides in plain sight behind trees, mailboxes or similar objects. The photographers can’t easily sell his images because he is always photographed with a large object intersecting his body.
Emma Stone also holds images in front of her face. Usually she writes the name of worthwhile charities on large cards and hold the cards up in front of her face.
When Emma Stone was dating Andrew Garfield he would do the same thing to discourage the paparazzi and promote his favorite charities.
- Hiring a body double.
Supposedly Kim Kardashian and other celebrities have been known to use look-a-likes to throw the paparazzi off the track.
Does it work? Apparently it does.
- Wearing large face masks.
Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio all wear an array of masks to completely hide their faces.
It works because the photographers can’t sell the photos.
- Hiding in car trunks.
I’ve actually witnessed this trick at times when I was traveling with celebrity hairstylists to various sets.
The celebrity at the shoot would be put into the trunk of a car, which was not visible to the photographers.
The car with the celebrity in the trunk would slowly pull away from the location leaving the paparazzi completely in the dark.
I’ve also witnessed celebrities arriving at an event in a caravan of limos with darkly tinted windows and then sneaking out in a regular car wearing a disguise.
- Wearing a bag over your head.
Shia LaBeouf wears a paper bag over his head with the eyes, nose and mouth cut out.
Even though photographers know that its Shia LaBeouf’s body, he protects himself from being photographed because of the bag which hides his face.
- Releasing photos on Social Media.
Many celebrities will release photos on Instagram on Twitter making them worthless to photographers.
Anne Hathaway posted a selfie of her baby belly on the beach on January 4, 2016. She announced that she was attempting to foil the paparazzi by beating them to the media with her photos.
- Wearing wigs which hide your face.
Sia has been known to wearing a view of hair from a wig over her face.
She also famously posted nude photos of herself on Social Media when a photographer was threatening to post the photos without her permission.
The Australian tweeted the following:
“Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me … Save your money, here it is for free,”
Sia shared the blurry preview with a watermark on it.
In the shot, Sia is naked from the back, apparently on a balcony. The photographer is reported to have taken the photograph from a close distance without permission.
All of the various options work quite well to foil the paparazzi.
Even Paris Hilton wears a special scarf which supposedly renders her image completely invisible.
When there is no money shot, there is no reason for paparazzi to chase after celebrities.
DISCLAIMER: I neither sell nor promote any companies, their products, nor do I have any online shopping outlet of my own to promote. What I write is based on my own experience and belief in the techniques I share.
What are some creative ways in which celebrities have dealt with the paparazzi?
Daniel Radcliffe once wore the same jacket and same hat every time he went outside, for a total of six months.
He did that just to annoy the paparazzi who stalked him and took pictures of him everywhere he went.
The reason why he wore that same jacket and hat was so that his pictures would look “old”, as in taken on the same day, so the paparazzi wouldn’t be able to sell them as new pictures.
I would wear the same outfit every single time with different T-shirts underneath but I would wear the same jacket and zip it up so they couldn’t see what I was wearing underneath, and the same hat,” he said.
“So they could take photos for six months but it would look like the same day. They became un-publishable, which was hilarious because there’s nothing better than seeing the paparazzi get really frustrated.
Katy Perry Woke Up. She Wants to Tell You All About It.
Thanks to Madonna’s restlessness, female pop stars are expected to reinvent themselves every few years, but there’s no guarantee that listeners will accept the changes. For Ms. Perry, the stakes couldn’t be higher: She believes she is now revealing her true self. The old Katy Perry is gone.
.. She has a well-known strategy for frustrating the paparazzi (wearing the same Adidas track suit when she leaves home to make the photographs less sellable)
.. For all of Ms. Perry’s talk about feminism and unity, it felt like a conventional catfight.
.. you have to understand her relationship to her biggest album, “Teenage Dream.” It had five No. 1 hits, tying a record Michael Jackson set with “Bad,” and solidified her image as a charmingly goofy sexpot who sings about love, partying and inner strength.
.. Part of the pressure stemmed from maintaining her hypersexual image, which Ms. Perry takes responsibility for helping create. “I used to be scared of intimacy, I used to use my sexualization as attention, I used to oversexualize myself because that was the only way I knew how,”
.. later explained why she holds queer women in high esteem: “I admire that they’re doing it for themselves. They are not doing it for the male gaze.”) It’s easy to read her drastic haircut and new stylistic choices — her live stream finale outfit covered her in neck-to-toe sequins — as a reaction to having worn whipped-cream bras in the past.
.. Ms. Perry credits her shift in perspective on her sexuality — she calls it “a full sexual liberation” — to resolving issues with her father. “The reality is that I was retriggered on the election,” she said. “I was retriggered by a big male that didn’t see women as equal. And that had been, unfortunately, a common theme in my upbringing.”
.. the Katy Perry I spent several days with: gregarious, intense, bold, endearing and full of contradictions.
.. she proclaimed herself devoted to dialogue but spoke in a near uninterrupted monologue.
.. The old Katy Perry wasn’t a construct, she explained, and she isn’t dead. “I didn’t kill her, because I love her, and she is exactly what I had to do then,”