Katerina Astropalitis – Selfie or Self-Pride

A selfie is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

Not anywhere in this description does it say that selfies can only show someone with a perfect body, great skin and beautiful hair. That is what we calcify as a selfie, not what a selfie is actually classified as. Kylie Jenner, Kurt Coleman and Kim Kardashian are just some of the many examples of people who set the standards for a selfie, normally these types of people are ones who are famous and rich. They try to show us that having all these beauty features and expensive items are “the thing” or “in”. They are “inspirational” in the way that whatever they wear or have is what you have to wear and have.These people are the ones that ruin the real definition of a selfie.

Trying to reach the standards of these “selfie queens”, people are taking it way too far. Throwing a cake face of makeup on, starving themselves too look as skinny as the models and spending hours on perfecting hair all just for what, a photo. Then what do they do with that photo?  Social Media. Thats where judging photos, comparing likes and commenting mean or hateful things takes place. They go to all this trouble to buy expensive makeup, straighten or curl their hair, not have eaten that day to look even skinnier and there people still shut them down, just by not liking or commenting on their photo.

In saying this though, once every now and then, a selfie doesn’t hurt. You don’t have to post it, you can keep it so you can look back at it in the future. Just remember, a selfie is a photograph of YOURSELF, not anyone your trying to be.


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