Today, I wanted to post about selfies. Now, since I am a huge nerd, I actually looked this word up in the dictionary and while it states the origin of the word is somewhere between 2000 and 2005, people were taking selfies long before then (think 1800’s). If you’re bored and nerdy like me, google these images. So while some may like to blame millennials for this new trend, it really isn’t new at all.
Some may be quick to judge a ‘duck face’ selfie on Instagram, the ‘bathroom mirror outfit’ picture, the ‘arm flex’, ‘ass pic’, 'gym selfie' or the Snapchat filter images taking over any and all social media platforms. Before I get to the reason for this post, I want to share a little personal story.
I never took selfies before Snapchat! I probably had one good picture I took of myself because I happened to feel really good about myself that one day, but that was it. I shy away from group pictures. I turn away or leave the room when someone takes out a camera (something I am working on). So I never had pictures of myself anywhere! Even though I have had my Facebook account for over 10 years (yeah, I’m one of the first on Facebook and proud! Haha) I probably only had 20 pictures of myself on my profile. My Instagram feed had zero pictures of my face. A few months ago, I saw (mostly) women posting pictures using a Snapchat filter (you know the one, the yellow butterfly crown). I didn’t have Snapchat, but after a few days of seeing these pictures, part of me wanted to see what I would look like with the beautiful butterfly crown. I got the app, found the filter, and took about 20 selfies. I probably liked 15 of them. This may not mean much to some, but from someone who hated the look of their own face for years, this was a huge deal to me. I made a decision for myself. I was going to start posting pictures of myself more often on social media. For me. If you do follow me on Instagram, you can look back and see when these images started popping up. Most of these pictures have dog ears, some sort of flowers, or an animal face that has morphed my own, but that is still my face up there which was, and still is, a huge deal for me. Even after all these years, I am just starting to love my face, and as silly as it may sound, those filters have helped me get there. As time goes on, I don’t need much of a filter anymore. I’m starting to realize, that even under the flowers, that face was beautiful all along.
So keep using those filters and taking selfies of your outfit, curvy backside, abs of steel, and beautiful faces! Your confidence is inspiring and any negative opinion is just that: a negative opinion. If you love it, post it. The world can always use more of your beauty.