Character Trait: Glamorous

Definition: having an aura of allure and fascination; a showy attractiveness

Characters in Literature and Pop Culture: Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace

Common Portrayals: actors, models, royalty, the wealthy, rock stars, beauty queens

Clichés to Avoid: the criminally bored young heir or heiress; the glamorous character who takes pity on a hopeless cause and makes her over into someone fabulous; the washed-up actress or model who clings to her glamor via plastic surgery and inappropriate clothing 

Twists on the Traditional Glamorous Character: 

  • Glamorous characters are almost always wealthy. But what about a poor or working class character who achieves glamor through little means? (Pretty in Pink style) 
  • Or, to twist the cliché the other direction, create a wealthy character with absolutely no style or fashion whatsoever. 
  • People usually work so hard at being glamorous because of their need to live up to others’ expectations, being driven to keep up with the Joneses, or a desire to appear more “together” than they really are. Try changing the motivation to put a twist on the glamorous character. 

Build a worthy protagonist with a mix of unique strengths that will help him overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful goals.

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Jemi Fraser
8 years ago

GReat post! Glamourous characters haven’t shown up in my stories yet, but they would be fun to write 🙂

Cynthia Chapman Willis

Perfect photo for glamourous! I’ve never written a a glamourous character, but it might be fun. Great post, as always!

Leslie S. Rose
8 years ago

I live so close to Hollywood, you can smell the glamour fumes.

Jay Noel
8 years ago

Why does Fergie suddenly pop into my head after reading this post???

8 years ago

I only recently saw my first Audrey Hepburn movies – Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina. Fun 🙂

Your posts on character traits are invaluable!

8 years ago

I’m always intrigued by people who can carry off glamour. That would not be me, but I aspire to a touch of it. Loved the post.

Old Kitty
8 years ago

I aspire to be glamorous but never quite make the cut as real life always intrudes! LOL!! Audrey Hepburn is total glam though! Take care

Miranda Hardy
8 years ago

Such a great trait!

The Golden Eagle
8 years ago

I’ve never really thought about writing a glamorous character before. Interesting post!

Diane Carlisle
8 years ago

Audrey Hepburn is perfectly glamorous in Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Love that movie. 🙂

Great character trait.

Becca Puglisi
8 years ago

Ahh, Tracy. Gotta love the postal service ;). And Linda, I couldn’t agree more. I watch those Fashion Police shows, and the people I think they’re going to crucify are the ones they’re all gooey-eyed over. I just don’t get it.

Linda O'Connell
8 years ago

ahhh, glamour is in the eye of the beholder 🙂

Becca Puglisi
8 years ago

Um, you’ve seen me on Skype. Sooooo not glamorous, lol.

Angela Ackerman
8 years ago

*sitting here typing in a bathrobe*

Yeah, good thing Becca tackled this one…I am so not glamorous! LOL

Traci Kenworth
8 years ago

Good one.

8 years ago

I enjoy reading your posts.
Still patiently waiting for my copy of the Emotion Thesaurus to arrive. Sigh.