So where were we? Ah yes, the Selfie in Oxford Dictionary. Its very inclusion means that the boundaries of the puritan language and urban slang have blurred further! While I think English needs to adapt to survive, this post is not about that... :)
Unless you are in a lonely lonely place like solitary camping or shipwrecked, chances are there would be people around you. Can you not hand over the camera to them and ask them to take a picture? The results are generally better! I have asked random people on the street to take pictures of my at times. To be honest, that was also before selfies were cool and #selfie was the 20th most popular hashtag on instagram with more than 20 million uses! And I know that I would still go that route...
Why do I take selfies then? Well, its mostly a challenge. I am not photogenic and to take a selfie that is flattering is tough. I enjoy the challenge and that is the reason my phone will have a series of unflattering pics and one halfway decent which goes on social media saying "yayy! I managed a selfie!"
Certian celebs like Gul Panag have gone a step beyond. She regularly takes selfies in an elevator and tags them as #elfie . Reminds me more of a little creature with elongated ears than a miss India in her designer threads though!
|The first known selfie, taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839|
I wonder if he knew he is starting a trend that will gain popularity 174 years later!! Finally, if you ladies want to know how to take a flattering Selfie, head over to YouTube and check out Michelle Phan's Selfie Video. It is good :)