Celebrity Stand-Outs of 2013

by Bryana Diggs

2013 was a great year! Many monumental things happened last year! There were also quite a few people that really stood out in pop culture.

My top 20 most talked about celebrities of 2013 were: Miley Cyrus(duh), the royal baby, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, North West, Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé,  Duck Dynasty Cast, Kylie Jenner, Malala Yousafzai, Drake,  Paul Walker, Katy Perry,  Jay-z,  Kate Middleton, Corey Monteith,  Ashton Kutcher, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Miley Cyrus was talked a lot about because of her provocative performance on the VMA’s with Robin Thicke. During her performance, she was “twerking” on Robin Thicke, wearing very little clothing. She also cut her hair very short, and dyed it blonde. She split up with Liam Hemsworth, and is now hanging out with rappers such as Juicy J, Mike Will, and Wiz Khalifa. “I think that Miley Cyrus had a pretty rough year in terms of publicity and negative comments. I think she’s great. I don’t like how people are only judging her because they’re used to her being on a Disney channel TV show. She has to grow up at some point, just like everyone else. I think that she should keep doing her thing,” said my sister Amya Diggs, 5th grader at Walkersville Elementary School.

Kate Middleton and Prince William had an amazing year. They were blessed with a beautiful baby boy, George.

Kim Kardashian had a fantastic year! She got engaged to Kanye West at AT&T Park.  She also had her beautiful baby girl, North West. However, Kim and Kanye are always getting negative comments and sometimes a bad reputation for things that happened in the past. My personal opinion on Kim and Kanye is that they are amazing. Kim Kardashian is gorgeous and Kanye West is an amazing artist. I believe that people should stop focusing so much on the past, and live in the right now. Lastly, people are saying very very rude things about their beautiful little baby, and it’s so wrong. You should never be rude to a baby.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z always have great years! This year they both released amazing albums. Jay-z’s album, Magna Carta Holy Grail was another amazing one from him! Beyoncé’s self-titled album Beyoncé was just recently released. She released her album secretly in the middle of the night. There are 14 songs and 18 music videos.  Beyoncé and Jay-Z are amazing and they are great parents to their gorgeous baby girl, Blue. “Other than the Obama’s, Jay-z and Beyoncé are my favorite couple, ever,” said Olivia Barbour, senior at Oakdale High School.

Barrack and Michelle Obama are obviously going to be talked about a lot. President Obama has had another great year, other than the government shut down. He passed a Health Care reform, passed a wall street reform, ended the war in Iraq,  began drawdown in war in Afghanistan, had Osama Bin Laden killed, and much much more. Barrack and Michelle Obama are truly a ‘Power Couple’. They’re both such great leaders and are so positive about everything. “I love Obama, he works really hard to make the country the best he can, he’s great,” said Sarah Coleman, senior at Walkersville High School.

Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing, gorgeous, and funny person. She is the star of the Hunger Games trilogy. She plays Katniss, a brave and determined girl who is trying to stop the hunger games! Go watch The Hunger Games and Catching Fire to find out more!

The TV show Duck Dynasty is a show about a Louisiana family who owns a company called Duck Commander. They are so funny. The founder of the company is named Phil Robertson. Phil is married to Mrs.Kay, And together they have four boys: Jase, Willie, Jep, and Alan(rarely on show). They also star in the show with some of their workers such as; Martin, Godwin, and Si, who is also Phil’s brother. The show is a must watch. You will be rolling on the floor laughing. It comes on, on A&E on Wednesday’s.

Kylie Jenner is the youngest daughter of Kris and Bruce Jenner. She has recently started a clothing line through PacSun with her big sister Kendall Jenner. Kylie Jenner is a person that a lot of teenaged girls look up to. She shows that you don’t have to be like everyone else to be great. She teaches girls to be themselves and to never give up on anything. In my opinion, Kylie Jenner is one of the best young girls to look up to; she’s amazing.

Katy Perry is great. She’s talented, gorgeous, and carefree. In 2013, she released an album called Prism. Katy Perry is also a great person for young women to look up to. She doesn’t care what people think about her and she’s not afraid to be herself.

Malala Yousafzai is the bravest girl I’ve ever seen. She is a young Pakistani girl who had a traumatizing experience with the Taliban. She was shot in the head and in the neck back in 2012, and is still making a huge impact on all of us today. She is such a brave girl and she’s truly an inspiration. She wrote a book called I Am Malala where she tells more about what happened to her in detail. I have not read it, but I definitely plan on it.

Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio had yet another great year. Ashton Kutcher got the amazing opportunity to play Steve Jobs in the movie Jobs, which is a much watch. He does a great job playing the role. Leonardo DiCaprio had two great movies in 2013, The Great Gatsby and The Wolf on Wall Street. Leonardo plays a great leading role in both films. They’re both amazing actors.

Drake had a big year. He released one of the bestselling albums of 2013: Nothing Was the Same.  The album includes 16 amazing songs, and if you haven’t heard the album, you should!

In 2013 we lost two great actors, Corey Monteith and Paul Walker. Corey Monteith will be sadly missed on his TV show ‘Glee. He was an awesome role model to young men everywhere. Paul Walker is best known for his role in The Fast and Furious movie series. All of his coworkers and fans will miss him greatly. They were both great guys and will be truly missed by everyone. RIP.