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I confess that I am guilty of taking the odd ‘selfie’. In fact my daughter put me onto them last year when we were holidaying together in Bali. More recently, my hubby and I have been snapping ‘selfies’ in different scenic locations as we gallivant around Australia. We chuckle about it and call them grey nomad ‘selfies’ of our ‘adventure of a lifetime’.
My Facebook page is often inundated with gorgeous ‘selfies’ of young friends out and about having a fun time. They are usually taken about twenty times until they capture the perfect shot of themselves. Gotta get their best side with the perfect toothy smile on their faces! I recall my daughter having to place her arms at a certain angle so they didn’t appear too fat in a photo.
Recently there has emerged the makeup-less ‘selfies’ of beautiful young fresh faced girls looking absolutely fabulous with their faces laid bare. Although it started off as a promotion for prevention of cancer, which is a terrific cause, I can’t help but wonder if it was a ploy to attract adoration. Their friends are all quick to point out “how great you look without any makeup” and “omg, you are so beautiful babe”!
Furthermore I think that there is a strong possibility that these makeup-less ‘selfies’ could be premeditated with the odd touch-up here and there! Let’s face it not many people can look that flawless and all ‘peaches and cream’ without a bit of help.
According to an article I read in the Advertiser Newspaper by Tory Shepherd titled “Material Girl gets hairy with self-indulgence”.
“The makeup-free selfie is a self-indulgent symbol of Look-at-Me culture, in which deviations from conformity to strict beauty magazine standards are treated as heroic. The idea being you promote a slightly less-perfect version of yourself so everybody realizes that, not only are you naturally gorgeous, but super comfortable with yourself and therefore actually perfect”.
Another example of this vainglory was Madonna’s recent post of herself with long thick armpit hair. Yuck! The caption that went with the picture was “long hair, don’t care!!!!!” Mind you, she was fully made up with an up-do wearing a S&M-style corset bra for the photo shoot, so I don’t believe for one minute that she was going completely a-la-natural.
Maybe she is trying to start a new trend since women’s bodies have been plucked, shaved and waxed of hair off every part of their anatomy for so long. I say hurray for the return of the ‘Hairy Mary’!
Alternatively the underlying message being that, like Madonna, you’re breaking free of restrictions of everyday beauty demands. I am all for that! As a woman it takes hours and hours of maintenance and hundreds of dollars to keep looking well groomed, manicured and hair-free.
The ‘selfie’ does serve its purpose, when there is no-one around to take your photo, and they are just a bit of harmless fun as long as they are not overdone. Believe me when you are standing on a lookout with squally rain and wind blowing a gale and your hubby suggests “let’s take a selfie”, there is nothing you can do but smile and hope the photo won’t make you look too picture-perfect!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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