What is a cultural symbol or Icon?
What do these images represent?:

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Can you identify these icons?
How do these icons/symbols make you feel?
What do they represent?


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What is a cultural icon?
A cultural icon is a famous individual who has transcended "mere" celebrity to come to represent a given sizable part of the world.

Is a cultural icon always a
positive role model?

Because a cultural icon is not simply a famous face but a complex, multi-layered personage who reflects the conflicts and contradictions of his or her time, their image is not always positive to groups of peoplein the world.

Can a cultural icon be a symbol? Or is it just a cliche?

While cultural icons aren't by definition a phenomenon of the 20th century, modern mass media and popular culture have contributed greatly to the creation of these symbols.