Last updated on December 14th, 2016 at 10:56 am
There is a very well known idiom which says” if you have got it, flaunt it.“
This literally means that if one is endowed with some good qualities, such as riches, beauty or talent then one should go about showing to the world.
This actually relates to a personal trait as some people do not like to show off and keep to themselves despite their good fortunes while others go overboard in strutting their stuff.
This tendency of flaunting it is a common feature among celebrities who are constantly in the limelight, and prefer to display their wealth, beauty and lifestyle to gain more publicity.
There have millions of fans who follow them probing into their personal lives through social media.
Sometimes always wishing to hog the limelight is has its negative impact as recently witnessed when a top Class model Kim Kardashian was robbed in broad daylight in her apartment in Paris by a group of people posing as a policeman and looting her of the millions of dollars worth of jewelry.
Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian West is an American reality television personality, socialite, businesswoman, and model. She was a friend of Paris Hilton and her stylist.
She and her other three sisters have become fashion and reality T-V personalities. Kim is married, her third to Rapper, Kanye West and they have two children together.
She gained fame for the reality, T,V shows, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The success of which led to shows like Kourtney and Kim take New York and Kourtney and Khloe take Miami in addition to various business ventures.
Kardashian’s personal life soon became subject to widespread media attention and basking in fame and glory she wanted more and more.
In a very short time, she became an instant hit on social media with an estimated 84 million followers on Instagram and 48 million on Twitter and she really flaunted it online. She posted images of herself wearing fabulous jewelry priced exorbitantly.
What these people or rather celebrities don’t realize that apart from the averages Joes and Janes who follow them on social media, there are many weirdos, crazy people, sexual predators who become obsessed with them and some become stalkers as in the case.
They become easy prey to criminals also who track their movements. According to police in Paris, Kim Kardashian was a target of social media. She had posted pictures of her wearing fashionable clothes and expensive jewelry.
Kardashian has become an iconic fashion symbol and pop cult. Time magazine, has cited her as one of the 100 most influential people of the times.
Thus she was easy picking for thieves who robbed her at her apartment. It was really fortunate for the beautiful Kim that she was not hurt by the robbers although reports say she was badly shaking.
The French police are absolutely certain that her social media posting was why she became a target. She immediately left Paris after the incident but is in touch with the investigators.
A key witness in the heist was the concierge who was forced to help the robbers enter the apartment with a gun pointed at his head.
The robbers it is believed handcuffed the concierge and at one point Kardashian asked him if they would be killed.
They were not harmed but jewelry worth 11 million dollars were stolen. It now appears that Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West, are reevaluating their security detail and are on their guard.
They have rescheduled their appearances and Kim has canceled an appearance in a high-profile appearance in Dubai.
So there you have it. At times the price of flaunting it is too high for iconic stars like Kim.
Usually, it so happens that celebrities are stalked by stalkers which in most cases are harmless but sometimes stalkers get unhinged.
Perhaps the most famous case is that of John Hinckley, who was obsessed with actress Jodie foster so much so that he concocted an assassination plan of Ronald Reagan and almost succeeded.
Some famous stars who have been stalked are Selena Gomez. Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock where stalkers have gone up to their doorsteps despite heavy security gates and alarms.
This is a downside of Hollywood. In a very sad case a young actress, Rebecca Schaeffer was killed at the door of her apartment in Los Angeles on July 19, 1989, by her stalker by the name of Robert Bado.
Bado had written letters and tried to meet her at the studio but failed and somehow traced her address through Motor Vehicle Registration Department using a private investigator whom he had paid. He was imprisoned for life without parole.
Other famous celebrities who have been stalked are Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Ryan Seacrest, Paris Hilton and others.
The Internet has made stalking easier but even when Internet was not there-there were stalkers. In 1949, Elizabeth Taylor was sent three obscene letters but police could not trace the stalker.
This is how the cookie crumbles. Perhaps this will be a lesson to Kim Kardashian West to flaunt less and guard more.