Deb season is in full swing, with the international Le Bal des Débutantes that was held this past weekend at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris. Drawing upon influential and wealthy families from around the globe, Le Bal des Débutantes is the prime event to see and be seen and to assert one’s individual social standing. Thrown into the mix this year was Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s youngest daughter, Tallulah. Children of celebrities being invited to this event is nothing new, as past debutantes have included the daughters of Danielle Steel, Clint Eastwood and Salman Rushdie. However, the inclusion of certain individuals over others makes me question the purpose of such an event.
In my previous blog on Evelyn Lauder, I questioned what makes one a socialite. In my opinion, the word couples not only the ability to move well in a rarefied world but also about utilizing one’s standing to create positive change in society. Although Tallulah is the offspring of a famous and attractive couple, what does she bring to the table besides her connections? She is only 17 and has already received negative press for being seen smoking, what is her personal style? If this event is about high fashion, I’ve never seen any on her unless she’s with her mother. Will her behavior escalate in notorious ways as she gets older, painting her in the same light as other Hollywood starlets? This brings about the question at hand: should young ladies of privilege be celebrated without having contributed or given much? Are we only acknowledging power in both the financial and social sense? Lastly, should the structure of the debutante ball be reformatted to focus on mature socially invested women versus young well-connected girls?