Socialite

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A socialite is a person (male or female, but more often used for a woman) of social prominence who is considered to be an influential social figure.

The impact of a socialite derives not so much from their artistic realizations (then they would be known primarily as author or performer, etc.) or from their official social stature (then they would be called politician, industrialist, etc.), as from their less-tangible ability to dominate the social scene and use personal charisma to achieve prominence. The term "socialite" may be used as one of several descriptive adjectives, as "author, entrepreneur and socialite," but is perhaps most often used of a prominent person who does not easily fit into any other category.

Philanthropy, style, beauty, intelligence, artistic predisposition, raconteur ability and wealth are some of the reasons why socialites are attractive, inspiring or persuasive. They are the hosts, or the invited guests, at all kinds of major social events. The term is most often accorded to people considered to have contributed in some form to charity, culture and the arts. Although the word may sometimes be used to describe a person's occupation, a person who does little more than attend society functions is not usually considered a socialite; words such as playboy and party girl are used instead.

For examples of people often considered to be socialites, see category:socialites.

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