With Instagram gaining so much popularity with food pictures or the ‘artsy’ black and white long shot picture of speakers, Selfie was born. A selfie is nothing but a picture taken of yourself with your arm showing (the one holding the camera) and posting it on social networking sites. IF you are a pro at taking selfies then you would know how to angle the camera without the arm showing.
As Urban Dictionary puts it, ‘You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera’.
Awarded the Word of the Year last year, it just goes to show that the world was busy clicking it’s own pictures. Let’s look at the most famous selfies in the past two years, chronologically, shall we?
One of the best selfies ever taken, this astronaut took one in space in September 2012 which soon went viral. “Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual camera taking the picture,” NASA wrote.
With machines slowly and slowly taking over man, it is no surprise that this guy ended up clicking a selfie with, nothing less, but a 5 km. tall Martian mountain in the background. NASA released this picture in December 2012 after combining photos which Curiosity had clicked. It used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (mounted on its robotic arm) and turned the camera towards itself, clicking a series of pictures.
Sigh! One of the hottest selfies around. These two men, took a selfie during the Wimbledon’s men single in July 2013. Gerard Butler was surprised when he realized that this selfie had gone viral as he and Bradley Cooper had no idea. How adorable!
Pope Francis has delighted the world in less than a year. The most memorable picture of him is him taking a selfie with a group of youngsters who met in Rome whilst on pilgrimage in August 2013.
The style icon, the fashionista, the trendsetter. She created a buzz in August 2013 when she posted a selfie of hers sporting the pixie hair cut. We got to know later on it was not her real hair.
When the world’s most lovable and the most hilarious family takes a selfie, you sit up and repost it. Here Sofia Vergara takes a selfie, in LA on the sets of Modern Family in August, with Rico Rodriguez and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. We just wish the entire cast was present.
Who remembers Uncle Jesse? The first of our bad boy crushes? Mr. Stamos took an underwater pool selfie in Mexico whilst celebrating his 50th birthday. Uncle Jesse, Uncle Joey and Danny Tanner are currently in the process of a Full House reunion for the upcoming Super Bowl.
The world was in uproar when Barack Obama was caught taking a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron during Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December 2013. Michelle Obama does not look happy, which obviously led to a series of hilarious memes.
A heavily pregnant Gwen Stefani tweeted a full length selfie just yesterday. The lead vocalist had worn a long sleeved black dress over leather trousers. She had captioned the picture as ‘bump it’ #allblack #inappropriateshoes #capturethemoment #miracle’
Looks like the selfie craze is here to stay. Keep a look out for the craziest selfies or get your 15 minutes to fame by clicking one yourself!