Amid the bared midsections and flawless smiles flashed all so often on the screen comes the explosion of the ugly selfie, a sliver of authenticity in an otherwise filtered medium. Take a tour through Selfie.im, the adolescent-dominated selfie-sharing app for the iPhone, and you won’t find pouted lips but close-up shots of double chins, insides of mouths, makeup-less pores, exaggerated toothy growls and duck lips zoomed in so close that they look grotesque.
Thanks for the mention, NYTimes. Although in our opinion — there are no ‘ugly’ selfies. There’s showing off and there’s being authentic.
SelfieIM - authenticity :)
It was this Tumblr full of slightly strange images", Knight says now. "It was a lot to do with death, a lot to do with sex and a lot to do with fashion. There were some abstract ones. And this blonde girl appeared every now and then. She was photographing herself and putting the photographs on to her Tumblr, and people were commenting on it. She’s got a very distinctive face, an unconventional beauty. And people wrote quite savage things to her. ‘What’s wrong with your face?’ That sort of thing. But she was putting herself out there, answering those comments. Her answers felt fast, open and vulnerable but at the same time tough. So I thought she’d be really good. I’m going to write to her.
This story really exemplifies all the great things about Tumblr, for me. It’s about things that inspire me, things that I find reflect my sensibilities: past, present and aspirational — and the very human need to share a part/a view of myself with others.