Is Snooki the Next Style Icon? The Elizabeth Taylor of the 'Jersey Shore'?

Sheri Reed

Snooki Jersey ShoreIs a Jersey Shore girl really destined to be the next style icon. If so, you can bet I hope it's not JWoww (save the world from Filthy Couture please).

But is Snooki style really any better? I think Snooki's personal style is better. Let me rephrase that -- I think Snooki's personal style is her very own. However, I'm not sure a unique personal style is enough to win Snooki the style icon status of, say, an Elizabeth Taylor.

In a recent NYT article titled "Snooki Time," Robert J. Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, said, "Jersey Shore is brilliantly cast and, of course, Snooki is the star. The name doesn’t hurt for a start.”

For me, too, Snooki is the star. There's something about her spunk, her resilience, her vulnerability, her goofiness, her attitude and her fortitude. I can't help but be drawn in. She's so unendurably herself.

The author of the aforementioned NYT article Cathy Horyn believes it's Snooki's unconventional attractiveness that makes her the break-out star of the show. I have to agree. I mean, most days I can't even tell JWoww, Sammi, and Angelina apart. Snooki, on the other hand, is definitely her own girl.

Horyn writes, Snooki "is busty and short-waisted with small legs; sort of like a turnip turned on its tip. There is the weird tan, but the pièce de résistance of Snookiness is the half-doughnut-shaped pouf on top of her head." 

“The pouf is like a Guidette thing, and usually on teen night all the girls did it,” Snooki explained to Horyn back in May. “Eventually all my friends grew out of it and went to straight hair. Me, I like the pouf. I’m still going to rock it.”

(Although it appears she may have changed her mind and finally taken down her signature hairdo; can she still be Snooki without it?)

Horyn continues:

"Snooki has a way of putting herself together that while in some ways is atrocious, is completely identifiable to her and consistent with her attention-seeking personality. She wears short, clingy dresses in a pattern or with some metallic trim, huge enameled or bejeweled hoop earrings and glittery high heels.

Lots of 22-year-old women wear revealing clothes, but they may not have her body shape, and it’s a safe bet they’re not rocking a pouf."

It's true, but is her style iconic or just hard to look past or are the two one in the same? Just because a celebrity's "look" is burned into our memory, does that give them icon status? Or do they have to deliver something more? Does their look have to be well designed? Does it have to be classy? Do they have to have a talent like, say, a Lady Gaga with her musical abilities? Or can a nutty Jersey girl with giant hair and a giant attitude (and a giant drinking problem) really set the bar for cultural significance?

Chris Linn, the executive vice president for pilots at MTV, said, “If you were to draw a cartoon of her, you would know immediately who she is. She’s an icon.”

Okay sure, we'd know her anywhere. But really, an icon? And then Horyn goes as far as to compare her to the young Elizabeth Taylor.

"The reason she makes me think of Elizabeth Taylor — quite apart from the unbridgeable divide of talent and beauty — is that photographs of Ms. Taylor in the 1960s, many of which recently ran in Vanity Fair, confirm a short, busty woman with high hair, big jewelry, garish taste in clothes and a complete indifference to the cyclonic effect that all that produced."

What do you think? Does Snooki have what it takes to be a style icon?

Image via Emily Shur/MTV

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