Why We Should Be Celebrating Our Selfies

Monday, 23 May 2016

This generation has seen the rise of selfie culture. Smiling, posing and pouting for the front camera all seems as natural as brushing your teeth before bed. 

But saying that, why are we so crazy about selfies? What gives us the urge to like, comment, favourite, re-tweet and share others selfies, or even insta-stalk for hours on end? (Guilty...)

The rise of selfie culture...


As we all know, Kimmy K is queen of the selfies. Last May, a picture she posted of her wedding to Kanye West gained 1.92 million likes, making it the most popular photo ever posted on the site.

But now her 352-page selfie book, Selfish, is actually now in its fourth printing, with total trade sales of approximately 125,000 copies. How is this even possible? It's just photos of her face! But in a time where the right instagram filter can make or break a relationship (Tinder, anyone?), we must ask ourselves, are we becoming totally selfie obsessed?

But you know the weirdest thing? That's okay.


Selfie hate will not be tolerated!


There has been way too much hate on selfies lately, and it's getting pretty annoying to be honest. I personally think selfies are great, and why shouldn't they be? There's nothing more uplifting than snapping a few pictures if you look good that day. You've spent time and effort perfectly curling your hair and blending your eyeshadow, and for once your eyeliner is even. It would be a waste to go to bed that night and take it all off, without having any little memento to show for it. Crazy, right? We need that memento!

Selfies are awesome. I flipping love selfies. I love seeing my friends upload them too, I think "YAAAAASSSS YOU GO GIRL." It's good to know my friends are confident with themselves and how they look, and that's awesome.

What's not so fun is when people think it's okay to put rude comments under the selfies of others, either because they're jealous or just plain nasty. It takes confidence, and a lot of posing, head-tilting, and running round your house to find the best lighting to get a good selfie. Selfies are difficult to master, so appreciate them for the art that they are.






It's okay to love your #Selfie!


My little sister is absolutely selfie obsessed. When asking her how many selfies she takes daily, her answer was "easily over 100, if you count snapchat". 

The amount of times I have gone upstairs to find her leaning into the bathroom window, eyes up, chin tilted down, glaring into the front camera is almost ridiculous and often she'll come to me and asking for my editing expertise on which filter she should use. I would quite honestly brand her the Queen of the Selfies (sorry Kim.)

But despite all that, I still think it's great that she likes how she looks. So many 16 year old girls are too self-concious to be able to put photos of themselves on social media, even I dislike putting photos of myself on my blog! But it's good that my little sister has that kind of confidence, even if taking selfies does make her late for everything.


Supporting other's selfie-confidence


So with all this in mind, the next time you roll your eyes at the girl who just uploaded another selfie on Facebook (we all know the one), think for a minute. There's too much body negativity in this world to not support each other, so instead, just click 'like'. Then upload one of your own, you sexy little minx!

I hope you all enjoyed looking through these photos of my friends and fellow bloggers. A huuuuuuuge thank you to everyone that submitted their selfie - I had so much fun putting this post and the photos together, so if you see your selfie, share this post to spread the selfie love. 


23 comments on "Why We Should Be Celebrating Our Selfies"
  1. I am absolutely in love with this post and everything said in it! I agree!
    Girls should stop hating on each other for putting up selfies! Where's the love, people? I seriously seriously hope your post opens people's brains to see that posting a selfie is just a way of saying, "hello world, it's me. And I look fabulous"��

    Great post lovely!

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    1. I'm so, so glad you enjoyed it! I've been working on it for a long time now and I love the response I've had from it! xx

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  2. I adore this post and i love the positivity! Also all those selfies are so cute, spreading body positivity and confidence is so important! xx

    www.taintedblues.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! I'm so glad you love this post! I had so much fun asking for selfies and putting them all together xx

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  3. What an amazing post! I think it is amazing how you included the pictures of friends and fellow bloggers. We need to create a world where encouragement and kindness motivates our actions! I get nervous to post pictures of my face on my blog and social media accounts as well, and wish that I didn't hold back posting a picture of a great memory because I worry that someone will say something mean. Thank you for reminding me that we should celebrate ourselves once in a while!
    xo, Rowan | rowanmorrissy.com

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    1. Aww Rowan! What a lovely comment! I hardly ever put pictures of myself on the blog, mainly because I feel really shy! But writing this post has motivated me to do it more often :) xx

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  4. YES! This is a fantastic post, I totally agree that if you're feeling and looking good and you want to snap a selfie, you should be proud of that! 💖 Love the concept of using different bloggers' selfies as photo props as well, it works fantastically!

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  5. Great post! I never take my selfies seriously (I was the one that gave you the camel one ��) and I've only recent started taking them. But honestly, selfies have been around for years! I have a photo of my Taid (grandad) taking a selfie with his friends back in the 80s! It's pretty awesome! ☺️

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  6. Love this post so much hun. I love its positivity and message!

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  7. What a great positive post! I'm a selfie queen so this post is great hahah xx

    Talia // Floral Anchors

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  8. Interesting post. The message behind it is really great and I think more people need to grasp it. :) I'm not a fan of any of the Kardashian clan so I glazed over that section of your post. Aha :)

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com/

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  9. I could not agree with this more! It takes a lot of courage to upload a selfie, so I always hit like to encourage them. We should be proud of it! In today's world with all of the pressure to be perfect, we definitely need to celebrate ourselves in any way we can : )
    Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

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  10. Thank the holy gods I have never had a bad word posted publically about any of my selfies, and have likewise never posted anything bad myself! If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all but let's be honest, I bet there is at least one nice thing you can say about any picture at all, even if it's "hey good lighting!"

    Lots of selfie love.
    Lucy xx

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  12. Great post Alice! Like most girls, taking a photo of myself is very difficult as every girl has her insecurities (some more than others) but in a world where people are judged by the way they look, we need to love ourselves the way we are. We are all beautiful in our own ways and we should just be ourselves and not let anybody tell us otherwise. Amazing post, well done!

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  13. I love this post! I totally agree with you, we should be uplifting each other 😀 I am guilty of being annoyed when people constantly have selfies where they're pouting cuz I just think we look so beautiful when we smile! But each to their own! Great post 😘 xx

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  14. I never understood why people feel like taking selfies is a bad thing. Completely agree with you!

    lizalauf.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  15. Hey gurl, I completely agree! I used to hate taking pictures of myself but looking back I wish I had taken more pictures, because I vaguely remember my high school and middle school selves (and I'm currently an undergrad in college!!!) I actually spoke about this for an article on HerCampus so I just had to click this post! Great post btw!

    xo Jasmin
    www.macaronsandmascaraonline.com

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  16. Everyone should read this! Thanks for sharing something so positive :)

    www.overnightbelle.wordpress.com

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  17. Lovely post 😘 I love a selfie xx
    Skinnyjeansandjellybeans.wordpress.com

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  18. I LOVE this post!!! I think selfies are great. What's wrong with feeling confident about yourself? Absolutely nothing, that's what. I love seeing selfies posted online and I'll always show my support for them!

    - Vee // veeosullivan.co.uk

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  19. I hear ya! Selfies are fun and I love seeing others post theirs! I get a little nervous posting mine sometimes but heck if it's a good pic wth. lol.

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  20. girl, you're so right & I agree 100%! love this post :)

    xo
    http://itsevelina.com

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Every single comment means so much to me, thanks for making me smile! :)

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