Thursday 21 September 2017

People Are Talking: Results are in. Selfie snaps up word title

HOW WE LAUGHED! Actress Meryl Streep (on the left, although, to be fair, it's difficult to tell) with Hillary Clinton indulge in a spot of selfie-ing. Photo: Kevin Wolf
HOW WE LAUGHED! Actress Meryl Streep (on the left, although, to be fair, it's difficult to tell) with Hillary Clinton indulge in a spot of selfie-ing. Photo: Kevin Wolf

Julia Molony

The results are in and by a whisker, the face has trumped the arse as the dominant cultural symbol of 2013.

How do we know this? Because the "selfie" has been named the word of the year, narrowly beating "twerk".

Of course, we're not talking about just any face. Not yours, my friend. Nor mine. The rise of the selfie as ultimate symbol of our age has been driven by a particular kind of face – perfectly symmetrical, obsessively self-promoting and usually pulled into a stage-sultry pout; an expression derived from and popularised by Vogue and pornography. Notable faces that have driven us into the epoch of selfie-hood include Rihanna, Kelly Brook, Kylie Minogue, Miranda Kerr, Bar Rafaeli and let us not forget, the chorus of Victoria Secrets angels.

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