IELTS Writing Task 2 | Copying the behaviour and clothes of famous people

Task 2 | Essay 12
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Some young people like to copy the behaviour and clothes of famous people today.
  • Why might this be the case? 
  • What problems can it cause?
How to answer this essay?
  • Introduction:
  • Paraphrase the overall essay main topic.
  • Write a clear opinion.
  • 1st Body Paragraph
  • Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea.
  • Explain your main idea.
  • Develop it with specific or hypothetical examples.
  • 2nd Body Paragraph
  • Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea.
  • Explain your new main idea.
  • Include specific details and examples.
  • Add as much information as you can and make sure it links logically.
  • Conclusion:
  • Summarise your main ideas.
  • Include a final thought.
Model Answer | Marked as Band 8
Cohesive connecting words that improve coherence in writing . Useful less common words that boost fluency in writing .
  • It has become increasingly common for many younger individuals to imitate the fashion sense and general behavior of celebrities. In my opinion, this is because of the commercialization of celebrity lifestyles and can result in polarization in society.
  • Many younger people now can follow influencers in a way that was not possible in the past. This increased influence has been made possible by the growth of social media, whereby celebrities can post without a traditional media filter and keep their fans informed about their opinions, fashion choices, and lifestyle. Companies have exploited their pervasive media presence to sell their products and services. For instance, the Kardashians are famous for promoting various products and incorporating corporate interests seamlessly into their daily lives. The imitation of these influencers is therefore a direct consequence of a natural human attraction to the advice of successful, attractive individuals coupled with a global consumerist society.
  • The problems caused relate to divides in society. In past generations, citizens were more influenced by people in their general vicinity and less by individuals from other countries or in popular media. Today, there is a greater chance that within any given community there will be individuals attracted to sports stars, K-Pop idols, American movie stars, well-known entrepreneurs, and so on. Though this diversity has its benefits, it can also lead to fractures in the social fabric. For instance, a young person who struggles to make friends may be attracted to extremist views online. They may at some point become alienated from mainstream or traditional society if they find acceptance in racist, prejudiced or controversial groups, and imitate the famous individuals taking advantage of their vulnerabilities.
  • In conclusion, the rise of media and corporate globalization allows the general citizenry to imitate famous people easily these days. Although this is not always a negative, it can lead to dangerous and polarizing behavior among younger generations.
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Vocabulary and Useful Expressions

  • It has become increasingly common for: more and more people now do
  • imitate: copy
  • fashion sense: what clothes you wear
  • general behavior: how people act overall
  • celebrities: famous people
  • commercialization: making money from selling things
  • celebrity lifestyles: how famous people live
  • polarization: taking extreme views or positions
  • follow influencers in a way that was not possible in the past: learn about celebrities in a new way
  • has been made possible by: can now happen because
  • growth of social media: more people using Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.
  • post: put up online
  • traditional media filter: through newspapers, the news, etc.
  • keep their fans informed about: let people who follow them now about
  • exploited: taken advantage of
  • pervasive media presence: all over the news, TV, etc.
  • sell their products and services: promote or endorse products
  • Kardashians: famous Americans on social media
  • famous for promoting various products: well-known for endorsing companies
  • incorporating corporate interests seamlessly into their daily lives: adding products into their lives without much effort
  • imitation: copying
  • therefore: thus
  • direct consequence: natural result of
  • natural human attraction to the advice of successful: normal human inclination to listen to famous people
  • attractive individuals coupled with: good-looking people combined with
  • global: consumerist society: people buying things all around the world
  • relate to divides in society: concern how society is fractured
  • In past generations: before
  • citizens: people, residents
  • general vicinity: around where you are
  • in popular media: on TV, online, websites
  • there is a greater chance that within any given community: it is more likely in any neighborhood
  • K-Pop idols: Korean singers
  • well-known entrepreneurs: famous founders
  • and so on: etc.
  • diversity: different groups of people
  • fractures: divisions
  • social fabric: how society is held together
  • struggles: attempts
  • attracted to extremist views online: vulnerable to strong opinions on the internet
  • alienated: feeling separate from
  • mainstream or traditional society: normal society
  • acceptance: feeling welcomed
  • racist: against other races
  • prejudiced: judging others based on their group, ethnicity
  • controversial: unpopular opinions
  • imitate the famous individuals taking advantage of their vulnerabilities: copy people who are exploiting their weaknesses
  • corporate globalization: companies around the world
  • the general citizenry: people
  • polarizing behavior among younger generations: younger people becoming more extreme in their views
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