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This Substack belongs to Kat Tenbarge, a senior digital culture reporter at Insider. It functions as a sporadic blog and collection of essays about Gen Z celebrity culture.

What is Gen Z celebrity culture?

Gen Z is roughly the generation of people born between 1995 and 2015. This generation’s celebrity culture is defined by the internet. It’s derived from the legacy of 2000s tabloids and reality TV. It lives in Hollywood but is accessible on every corner of the planet. It’s TikTok and YouTube and Netflix and Instagram. It’s Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X and e-girls and e-boys and e-kids. It’s living and breathing, dead and six feet underground already.

Who is Kat Tenbarge?

Kat is 23 (a millennial/Gen Z cusper) who firmly identifies with youth culture. She is best known for her investigative #MeToo reporting at Insider, where she broke sexual assault allegations against Jeffree Star and Dom Zeglaitis, a member of David Dobrik’s Vlog Squad. She also reports on the intersection of technology, celebrity, and culture. Her pronouns are she/her and she identifies as gay.

In her own youth, Kat aspired to becoming a writer and YouTuber. She possesses two Bachelors degrees from Ohio University in journalism and environmental studies. She was recognized as a White House Correspondents Association Scholar in 2018. She lives and receives teletherapy in Brooklyn, New York.

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