You know this woman. She's cultured and rich, and she knows how to handle any situation (or at least upper-class ones). Her rich husband or father adores her, and never tires of supplying her with a constant stream of Gucci and Armani. She lives in a paradise of a mansion, usually in California, or a penthouse in Manhattan. You might find her hanging out at various social events, with a glass of champagne in her hand. Often she doesn't have a job, but sometimes she can be working in a high-end job, such as that of a celebrity publicist, which nets her a very high salary.
While the Socialite is similar to — and can overlap with — the Rich Bitch
, the Gold Digger
and the Upper-Class Twit
, there is a difference: a Socialite is often Spoiled Sweet
and she may very well be a nice woman who just so happens to have a lot of money. On the other hand, she can also be Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
, especially if she's been rich since childhood.
Many times, a Socialite
is childless or is quite distant towards her children if she has any.
Can also be prone to Conspicuous Consumption
, especially jewels
, fancy dresses
, and furs
of Idle Rich
See also Valley Girl
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Anime & Manga
- Lady Vandimion in Berserk.
- A younger and very cynical version of the trope is Wang Liu Mei from Gundam 00.
- Susan in Anchors Aweigh wants to be a singer.
- Leslie Benedict in Giant is one.
- Wallis Simpson in The King's Speech before becoming the Duchess of Windsor, putting her at odds with Elizabeth.
- Phyllis Nefler in Troop Beverly Hills.
- The wife and her sister in Unfaithfully Yours.
- X-Men: First Class: According to Charles, his mother cares more about her upper-class lifestyle (e.g. she never goes into the kitchen of her own home, clearly believing that the room is "beneath" someone of her high status) than being a good mother towards him.
- "Madam", the aunt and surrogate mother to the series' eventual ultimate politician Lord Vetinari, in the Discworld stories. She primarily appears in Night Watch.
- Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker from The Great Gatsby.
- Mitzy Lish from A Prayer for Owen Meany.
- Myra Rutledge of Fern Michaels' Sisterhood series is a beautiful socialite in her 60s. She runs a Fortune 500 candy company, and she doesn't know how much money she has, except for the fact that she's a billionaire at least. She is in charge of the Vigilantes, a group that breaks the law to achieve justice, and she will not hesitate to use her money to bankroll the Vigilantes and the connections she has to get the Vigilantes out of trouble. She is one of the good guys, by the way. She also has a pearl necklace that she has a habit of playing with.
- An evil example: Helen Heyer from V for Vendetta is the wife of a high-ranking member of Britain's futuristic fascist government but she plans on overthrowing the Leader and installing her husband in his place so that she can rule the country through him. She likes to use sex to control her husband and other influential men and always dresses up to the nines.
- Lillian Rearden from Atlas Shrugged. The wife of billionaire industrialist Hank Rearden, she envies her husband for his ability and revels in making life unbearable for him while forbidding him from getting a divorce because she needs his wealth and power to maintain her place in high society.
- Yet another evil example (the Socialite gets a pretty bad rap in literature doesn't she?) is Esme Gigi Genevieve Squalor from A Series of Unfortunate Events. When first introduced she's a Rich Bitch and the self-proclaimed "City's sixth most important financial adviser". She's tactless, vain, obsessed with fashion and orders her weak husband around. It later turns out that she's having an affair with the story's Big Bad.
- Vin impersonates a socialite rather effectively, pretending to be the pampered niece of a high noble. Both she and some actual nobility who appear to fit this character type are magical assassins.
- In Sean Stewart's Galveston, the ghost of a socialite provides the main character with some useful reflections.
Live Action TV
- Mrs. Arrow of F-Zero. This is in addition to being a F-Zero racer, a former circuit model, a teacher and co-founder of the F-Zero Racing School, a musician, a linguistics expert, a bodybuilder, and one-half of a crime-fighting superhero duo, never mind that she's implied to have genius-level intellect, is the financier of Super Arrow's operations, and is clearly the one wearing the pants in their relationship. She even resembles the page image note (only, you know, far more muscular), though we've yet to see her in a dress or at any social gatherings due to F-Zero hardly touching on the racers' personal lives outside of the racetrack. We do know, however, that she was basically treated as a princess growing up, her family is immensely wealthy, and Mrs. Arrow is more than happy to put that wealth to philanthropic use.
- Champion Cynthia of the Pokémon games, particularly evident in her appearance in Pokémon Black and White . She takes up residence at a friend's villa in Undella Town region during the spring and summer seasons. This is mainly because she's looking into Unova's Abyssal Ruins in Undella Bay whenever she's not doing research in Sinnoh, but Cynthia seems equally keen on lounging around and going swimming/sunbathing (to the point that she outright asks the player which of two swimsuits she'd look better in), and several female Gym Leaders and Elite Four members come to visit her whenever she's in town.
- Whateley Universe examples: Solange's mother. And step-mother. And maybe previous step-mothers too. Traduce's mother, who (like Traduce) cannot keep a personal assistant because she treats underlings so badly. Not Phase's mother, who has a Ph.D. and spends her time running Goodkind Research.
- The Facebook game Sorority Life centers on this whole concept. You play a college girl who's part of a sorority. Your mission is not to get good grades to get a good job, as one might think. Rather, it's to get as much status, expensive things and power as possible.
- Many of Bruce Wayne's girlfriends, particularly in Batman: The Animated Series. They're all rich and have doting boyfriends, but they're more Spoiled Sweet than Rich Bitch.
- Bruce also had a platonic relationship with Veronica Vreeland, a red-headed socialite. She was invariably portrayed vaguely somewhat negatively, usually as Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.
- In the pilot episode of Batman Beyond, the socialite who Bruce rescues during his last mission as Batman is none other than Veronica Vreeland's full-grown daughter Bunny. The showrunners stated that they purposely wrote her as being Veronica's daughter both as a Continuity Nod to Batman: The Animated Series and also to show that everyone else in Bruce's life—including former love interests like Veronica—have long since moved on with their lives while Bruce was still fighting a battle that had once again become quite lonely (the point of that was so that when Terry would come under Bruce's tutelage 20 years later, it's a symbolic way of Bruce finding his purpose again).
- Rarity has an entire episode and sings a song about how she wants to be this.
- Evelyn Peters from The Simpsons. (Although she's something of a Deconstruction, having graduated from a public high school with non-rich kids and feeling ashamed of this.)
- Paris Hilton.
- Princess Diana after she married Prince Charles.
- A somewhat rougher example: Katie Price.
- Georgina Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire is probably the Ur Example.
- An evil example: Betty Broderick who murdered her husband after she learned he was having an affair.
- Dorothy Wilde, niece of Oscar Wilde. She took after her uncle in terms of wit and personality.
- Lucrezia Borgia.