On Twitter, there was a varied but small thread on male SMV and fame. It started with Heartiste commenting on Alpha Brady. I noted that Brady revealed something interesting about male SMV and fame. Tom Brady is a superstar NFL quarterback with movie star looks. He dumped his hot actress girlfriend fo many years to hook up with Victoria's Secret Supermodel, Gisele Bundchen. He married her. Still, he ended up marrying Leonardo DiCaprio's ex-girlfriend from about a decade ago. Since Gisele, if Leo's straight and I think so, he was banging Bar Rafaeli and subsequent other models and actresses. Brady reveals the athlete's spot on the Fame SMV pyramid.
Movie stars > TV Stars > Music Stars > Athletes. One's Sexual Market Value (SMV) is a mix of things with different weighting. It is a basket of traits the ladies weigh when considering you. With the fame portion, that pyramid works. There is the element of money as in earnings per output and income potential long term. Ever notice musicians are always itching to break into tv and film, but few movie stars are cutting albums (Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time" is legit)? Ice-T has been bumming around on Law and Order: SVU. His take on making movies was they paid him for reading lines and showing up a few weeks out of the year. Easy money. The other element is continued exposure on camera, in print and the paparazzi game. Ryan Reynold's baby will get a People Mag little article and maybe photo set; how many athlete's are getting that? Anyone? Bueller?
Heartiste also mentioned the legacy of the stadium rockers. They slayed far more than we could ever enjoy. That is partly a function of the "post-pill, pre-HIV, pre-obesity Golden Age of Sex". It is also a function of music being so much bigger back then. We are not an 85% white nation anymore with one sizeable minority. We're a mixed soup of a culture. No one is going to be Jagger in '72, Springsteen in '84, or even Michael Jackson and Madonna in the mid '80s for music status. Not happening. Music has fragmented with society, and it is hard to find a unifying act. The churning of tastes made by the music media mandarins hurts as well. A classic Hip-Hop radio station might play songs just fifteen years old but they sound ancient. This hurts their fame status. One simple way of viewing it is less work, less practice, more face time and more pay. Movie actors have it made. Ultimately, what are you doing for a woman's status amongst her peer group? The gridiron and court are nothing compared to a red carpet.
*For women, it's looks and age. Ever notice the weird phenomenon of female actresses getting bigger than their husbands fame-wise and a divorce follows?