AceShowbiz - Celeste Barber wants to make people laugh by "taking the p***" out of celebrities. The 40-year-old social media star rose to fame by parodying A-listers on Instagram and explained that her work is a look at the "multi-billion dollar body shaming industry."
"I realized that there were all these kinds of images being put out there, that were sold off as being normal and every day," she said. "When you bought a magazine you knew, oh that's Cindy Crawford being Cindy Crawford but on social media, it got sold as, 'this is what everyone looks like,' and I was like, 'no, I don't reckon that's how people really look,' or 'I know I don't look like that,' so I did a p***-take on it."
"It's a look at celebrity culture, the beauty industry, the fashion industry, multibillion-dollar body-shaming industry so it's just kind of nice to cut through that a bit."
The comedienne, who has garnered almost 10 million followers online and has impressed the likes of Naomi Watts, Bella Hadid, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore with her videos, explained that Hollywood stars realise that she is commenting on a "bigger" issue when she creates a parody of them and is able to "cut through" industry norms with her photos.
She told the New York Times' Page Six column, "They understand it's a look at something bigger than the individual. The world that they're in ... it's cutting through the industry, you're not taking it too seriously."
"But I think the success that I've had is that I'm funny ... My goal is first and foremost to make someone laugh. You make someone laugh and then we all kind of even out. That's always been my goal, to make people laugh."