I have a side, I have an angle, I even have a gaze. Throw in good lighting, a decent make up attempt and you’ve got one very common selfie checklist. Having lived in the era of tall poppy syndrome and my own existential identity crises (more on this in my next episode), posting selfies, free of anxiety, hasn’t always been easy. Shame on me for posting a picture of myself right?...wrong! Shame on those who have a problem with it.
In 2013, the term “selfie” joined the Oxford English dictionary and since then, has been widely criticised as being narcissistic, fake and the ultimate act of preventing assessment at face value. This latter point I find most narrowed, when do you ever meet someone in their entirety at face value in order to judge who they are? You only ever meet the person they chose to present. Take a job interview for example. You wouldn’t tell a perspective employer you hate mornings and lack people skills. You put your best foot forward and hope that those qualities shine through. Same with a selfie. You don’t take the photo highlighting the pimple on your chin or the botch eyebrow job. You take it from your good side and good lighting to hide your sleep deprived skin. I personally view selfies as the ultimate act of self-love and self-expression.