I have always been enthralled with teen pop culture for some reason. It started when I was a little girl and collected every teen magazine under the sun and oddly enough, everything I read in those magazines was information I already knew. I always tell people that I know more about these celebrities that they know about themselves. While pop culture is a hobby for some, it's become a passion for me. I tend to find the lives of these superficial people more interesting than the "normal" people around me. Sickening to say the least, but it gives me something to write about right?

I came across this idea a few days ago after hearing Austin Mahone's new single "Banga Banga". I couldn't even tell you where I even came across the seventeen year old, but I was interested because of course, he was making good pop music. Starting as a YouTube star, like the ever so famous Justin Bieber, I saw something a little more humble about Austin. I know I should probably take into consideration that Austin is two years Justin's junior, but I have grown more of a liking towards him. Don't get me wrong, I loved Justin Bieber for some time. He was cranking out solid pop music, learning how to dance, and stealing the hearts of girls all over the world. It's been in these recent months where he's gotten on my nerves so much that I try to avoid reading anything about him in the tabloids. As much as Bieber pisses me off, I do think he's talented. Austin is pretty dang talented too and there's one thing that the entertainment world needs every so often - someone new, fresh, and exciting.

So why am I comparing the two? I think it's because Austin is bringing something new to the table. He's not irritating, he's got some cool fans called "Mahomies" and he's making good music. Plus he's cute which reminds me not to say that again until next April (he'll be 18 and I'll feel like less of a creep). He's got a lot going for him which makes me happy since I am witnessing a new star in the making.
The stem of all my hatred towards Bieber starts right here. Why can't the kid smile and WHY DOES HE SQUINT ALL THE TIME? I won't even let you give him the benefit of the doubt with the sun being in his face in the above picture. He does it all the time, in every single picture. I guess it's sexy for a sixteen year old, but look at Austin on the right. The kid looks so cute and he's actually smiling for the camera, showing off the nice dental work he had done. If you had braces, flaunt it right? Smiles keep people guessing anyway and there should be absolutely no shame in a gorgeous/dreamy smile.
Yes, I know, boys will be boys with baggy pants, but no one ever said boys had to wear diaper pants. When these pictures of Justin wearing the overly baggy crotch pants first emerged, all I could do was shake my head. I don't know who was styling him or how they even thought it looked good. In that left picture of Justin, he had on a pair of spikey red loafers dawned with knee high socks as well which were twice as bad as the diaper pants. It was nice to see Austin Mahone at both the 2013 VMA's and 2013 AMA's looking extremely professional in a suit. Maybe Austin should lend Bieber his stylist for the next event he attends.
As much as I love the entertainment industry, there's one thing as a bystander that I don't seem to sympathize with and it's paparazzi. This argument could go two ways, but I don't feel bad for celebrities when they're being hounded by paparazzi. I feel like this is something that comes with becoming famous and being in the limelight, it really can't be avoided. I know there are laws in place with paparazzi now and yes, there's the other argument that celebrities are normal people like you and I, but they have an image to uphold. It doesn't help that Justin Bieber has to argue about everything, from pictures that people post or things people say about him on Twitter. He also has to argue and attack paparazzi too. He is always starting some sort of beef with someone about what he's doing and how he wasn't "actually" doing it. Maybe it comes with Austin's situation where he isn't as big as Justin and people don't care about what he's doing right now, but he's looking pretty happy go lucky up in that picture. Yes, paparazzi need to be respectful but as do the celebrities. Too many people are watching, especially younger children when it comes to these teen stars. Bieber is growing up, as are his fans, but he's finding younger ones along the way too. Austin is starting off right, setting a great example for everyone around him.

Since Austin is still fairly new, I guess he has yet to face the hardship that Bieber has been facing these past few years after being the hot one in the spotlight. I've had encounters with both celebrities and in the end, I have to say Austin was the one I found much more humble and down to earth.  I've seen Bieber in concert 3 or 4 times (I lost count) and met him at his perfume release. I suppose it was the circumstances he was under that made him not so pleasant that day, but getting a wink, smile, AND wave from Austin Mahone at the VMA's after I called his name and waved to him, it seemed to me that he felt grateful that someone over the age of 12 was acknowledging him. Hey, I may have even squealed a bit. I am ready for Justin Bieber to take a rest and let Austin Mahone take the spotlight, he's just getting started and I want to see what else he'll have in store for us. If you don't have any idea who Austin Mahone is, check out his music video below.

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