The requirements? They all had to be different poses or expressions and none of them could be “mean teacher faces.” Why? Well, duh. The point of a selfie is to make yourself look amazing.
When I finished, she flipped through them quickly, laughed at me like I was an idiot and said, “Mom, your selfie game is really bad.”
In my quest to become cool, hip and happening, I researched the art of the selfie by interviewing my own kids as well as my 7th and 8th grade students today. They told me about all of the various poses. It should be noted that most people interviewed insisted that they, themselves, do NOT EVER take selfies. This is a big fat lie, but I just went with it because I needed the info.
After each pose I added my own expert interpretation of each selfie. My daughters and nephew served as models so you can see what each pose looks like. Most of the pictures used are true selfies, but a few are not.
So grab your phone and get ready to start picking up your selfie game!
Duck Face- This face is often used by “cool” girls who are self-absorbed. OR people do it to be funny/ironic.
Kiss Face- *not to be confused with the duck face* This looks like a mini duck face and is meant to be flirty or an attempt to show off your latest lip gloss.
Peace Sign Over Your Eye or Face- “Fierce” is the caption most often posted along with this selfie.
Double Peace Sign- Trying to look peaceful and gangsta at the same time??
Popular Girl Smile- Wide-open mouth, tilted head. This selfie says, “I could not be having any more fun right now if I tried. My life is perf.”
Hand Covering Face, But Not Completely- This pose is used when you need to hide something like a bad skin day. OR…Perhaps you are pretending you’re famous and are hiding from the paparazzi?
Half Face Cut Off- Message sent: I’m artsy, unique and creative. This is also a good way to hide blemishes on one side of your face.
Mirror Pictures- This is often used to show off an “Outfit of the Day” or a body part that you are extra proud of. If it’s the body part, be sure to awkwardly push it waaayyy out.
Best Friends Hug Pose- Shows everyone how great you look, how cute your outfit is, that you have a bestie…or all three!
Tongue Out- Miley Cyrus pose 1. Looking like a rocker.
Tongue Up- Miley Cyrus pose 2. “Such a baaadd gurl. Total rebel.”
Location Selfie- Usually taken some place cool to show off where you are. Roman Coliseum or Statue of Liberty in background, etc. OR…dissecting a frog in your biology lab.
Smile With Lips Closed- This pose is often adopted once braces go on the teeth. Or…some people just smile this way.
Funny Face- These are almost always VERY attractive poses which show off how cute you are even when you’re making a goofball face.
Looking Up At Camera- There are two main reasons to go with this angle. One, it makes your eyes look bigger and more dramatic. Two, it is a great way to take a cleavage shot.
Gangster Pose- Usually involves white kids and weird finger symbols that no one knows the meanings off.
Teapot Pose- Hand on the hip, ladies! This always makes you look skinnier.
Pretending to Sleep- Selfie of you sleeping where you try to make it look like someone else took it. Awkward…
Smiling Pretty- Just a great picture of you!
Bathing Suit Selfie- Self-explanatory. Girls love to post these, doesn’t matter which season it is. Butt and boobs pushed out, stomach sucked in. These contortionist-like poses make body parts look bigger or smaller…whichever the photographer desires.
Tilted Camera Angle- “I’m artsy!”
Hipster- Geeky, overly large glasses. You do NOT need a prescription to wear these glasses! Just pick up a pair at the next 3-D movie you see and you are set.
Intense Makeup- No smiling allowed. Heavy lipstick, intense eyes.
The Animal Companion- This pose usually includes a puppy or a kitten held up next to your face.
No makeup!- This is the caption that appears with this selfie and it is usually a lie.
Eye Pic- This is VERY popular right now. I don’t know what to make of it, but it’s kinda creepy.
Candid Laughter- “Fake” candid laughter shows that you’re having the time of your life.