Selfies have become the norm via social media. Even President Obama has been seen taking selfies. Selfies are so much a part of our everyday lives that the word ‘selfie” was named the 2013 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.
For those of you who have no idea what a selfie is, according to Wikipedia:
A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone, and is usually taken in a slightly tilted manner.
Laci Green, vlogger and peer sex educator, recently talked about selfies in a video titled The Selfie Revolution. We loved her take on selfies, which she describes as a “celebration of self.” She further says that selfies are a positive exercise for body image and are very important because:
“When you think about the purpose of self-portraits, to begin with, it’s to capture who you are and an opportunity to define yourself and instead of having other people define you.”
She further says that they allow people to show themselves in the manner in which they feel most comfortable and beautiful in a society that has a very narrow definition of beauty. And by others seeing people of different sizes, shapes and etc, they identify with those people and think, ‘hey, I’m beautiful too!’ And thus, The Selfie Revolution is born.
Laci says it’s okay to celebrate yourself and we agree 100%! As she eloquently said at the end of her video:
“Your physical body does not define your worth and value as a person.”
If The Selfie Revolution helps with body image and embracing beauty in all forms, then we hope it sticks around for a while.