Gone are the days of picture-perfect poise and larger-than-life mystique. Stars are making an art of authenticity.

Prince Harry captivated readers with his brutally honest memoir "Spare," which sold more than 3.2 million copies in its first week. Actress and singer Selena Gomez pulled back the curtain on her mental health journey in the Apple TV+ documentary "My Mind and Me," earning critical acclaim with a score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

And let’s not forget about pop titan Taylor Swift, who launched the campaign for her latest album "Midnights" with lead single "Anti-Hero," an unapologetic anthem of self-loathing that peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks straight.

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While stars have let fans behind the velvet rope with revealing works in the past, celebrity candor has reached new heights. This frankness has been supported, in part, by an increasingly open media, says Sonya Dal Cin, professor of communication and media at the University of Michigan.

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