Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor's Influence Lives On In Pop Culture

A tragic day in Hollywood today-legend and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at age 79, leaving her mark on some of the biggest names in the industry.

Women continue to model themselves after Taylor today, MTV reports. Between hair, makeup, and big, gaudy jewelry, she was a woman who housewives strived to be.

Taylor, the first celebrity AIDS activist, was also well known for her marriages and love-life. Tabloids were eating her up, and, according to Access Hollywood, she was married eight times to seven different men.

“I am not putting the failure of my marriages off on anyone but myself,” she once told them.

She became involved with AIDS awareness in 1985, after losing dear friend Rock Hudson. Raising money and standing up for what she feels strongly about influenced Elton John, Lady Gaga, and Madonna to do the same.

Elizabeth Taylor will forever be a Hollywood legend.

I heard she was sick for awhile, but with strong chances and hope of getting better. I was shocked this morning to hear the news. However, she lived her life to the fullest, and got so much out of it, which is all one can hope for in a time like this. I admire her talent and philanthropic contributions and feel more celebrities should follow in her footsteps. It’s a shame when people are so wealthy but won’t donate for anything, or when they’re too involved with themselves to make a difference. Stars gain a great deal of respect when they take part in charitable functions, and it would be great for more to get involved.

I also hope the fashion trends of Taylor continue to carry on into upcoming generations. 

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