Explore the Multifaceted Meaning of Celebrity With Chanel No. 5


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Ever wondered what it means to be a celebrity? In this day and age, it takes very little to become famous with the many social platforms available. For instance, you can post a video on TikTok and become viral overnight. But does that make you a star, though? While a lot of fame and glory comes with being one, there are other cultural, societal and psychological impacts of being a celebrated figure. It’s a big responsibility to take on as celebrities influence in many ways, in turn, shaping young talents for generations to come.


To mark the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous perfume, CHANEL N°5, the brand brings together six respected voices from a diverse range of disciplines around the world to reflect on the under-explored notion of celebrity, in a new short film.

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The perfume’s connection to the world of celebrity is strong and special; who has not heard of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic quote about wearing only five drops of the perfume to bed and nothing else? However, CHANEL N°5 did not only transform the world of perfumery and beauty – it has inspired artists all over the world, spanning different generations and industries.


Appearing in this film are celebrated actress and face of N°5 Marion Cotillard, who explores the interplay between celebrity and icons, idols, and legends. Distinguished ballet dancer and choreographer Marie-Agnès Gillot shares her intimate personal journey as one of France’s most celebrated dancers, meanwhile, international dance star Lil Buck shares his experience as a dance prodigy whose craft has been shaped by an extensive spectrum of celebrity, cultural, and creative influences.

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“The secret to celebrity and to reach the levels I have, or those of any other celebrities you might see is that you have to be driven. You have to have so much belief in yourself, and that has to outshine many of the reasons that you’re convincing yourself why you can’t do it.” – Lil Buck


Other notable figures include Chinese fashion media icon Hung Huang, renowned psychologist Laurie Santos and esteemed former editor of Vanity Fair Graydon Carter. The full film is filled with lots of insightful nuggets about the notion of hard work to reach your ultimate dream and what it really means to be a celebrity today. Just the inspiration you need in this current lockdown!

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The full film and individual videos are available to watch on CHANEL.com.