defines a "diva" as a glamorous and successful female performer or
personality. Wikipedia's definition, which is quite similar to
Merriam-Webster's, also defines a diva as a celebrated female singer,
but goes on to mention that the term was once used to describe a woman
of rare, outstanding talent in the world of opera.
This meaning has been
carried over to describe today's modern-day diva who dominates the
theatre and popular music. The meaning of 'diva' is also closely related
to that of "prima donna." The basic sense of the term is "goddess" or
"fine lady." It is derived from the Latin "divus" meaning "divine."
It is important to
note that the term diva or "fashion diva" is often used with a negative
connotation. This derives from the implication that a star or, in the
fashion industry--a model or celebrity--is arrogant and difficult to
work with. The diva, whether she is a music star, model, or actress, is
often regarded as high-maintenance, manipulative, fussy, highly strung,
privileged, and demanding.
insiders and fashion followers need only to open the pages of the
top newspapers or fashion magazines to find out which models or
actresses are regarded as "fashion divas." There's no doubt that
Paris Hilton has been described as "the biggest diva in
Hollywood," and supermodel
Naomi Campbell has certainly been the subject of many top headlines
and stories worldwide, which depicted her as the ultimate fashion diva.