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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Denise Calnan: Don't fall foul of the 'belfie' trend

Denise Calnan

Published 07/01/2014 | 12:31

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Rosanna Davison shared this photo from her holidays in Mauritius. (Instagram/Rosanna Davison)
Lea Michele posted this 'belfie' of her holidaying in Mexico. (Instagram/Lea Michele)
Kim Kardashian posted this 'belfie' to show her post-pregnancy weight loss. (Instagram/Kim Kardashian)

Definition: ‘Belfie’ - A ‘bottom selfie’, a self-portrait photo focusing on the bottom, usually posted by female celebrities on social media networks.

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Anyone not acquainted with the Twitters, Instagrams, Snapchats and Facebooks of this modern world could be somewhat bemused by the above definition. And understandably so.

Photo-sharing social network Instagram is choc-a-block full of photo trends.

Have you heard of ‘planking’, when the photo subject lies horizontally on inanimate objects? Can you remember the dawn of the ‘selfie’, the pouting self-portrait that has taken the world by storm? Thursdays are generally marked with a ‘#TBT’ post, a throw-back Thursday photo of good times gone by.

We’ve already had the ‘celebrity selfie’ overload debate.

It’s harmless fun for some and one way to show off your glammed-up self for the big night out, but it has also been deemed unnecessary, self-indulgent and a bad example to young fans.

IMHO (in my honest opinion), the ‘selfie’ is in tame social media territory in comparison to the ‘belfie’.

If striking a pose with your face for a well-timed and edited snap is a new low for young girls, what does cocking out your bottom for the best curvy shot mean?

Celebrities Kim Kardashian, Cheryl Cole and Kelly Brook have all given us an up-close and personal look at their behinds, Kim more than once.

Irish model and former Miss World Rosanna Davison is the latest to do the ‘bum out, chest out, tummy in’ pose for social media.

Holidaying in the beautiful Mauritius with her husband-to-be Wesley Quirke, the 29-year-old couldn’t think of anything better to do on the tropical island than perk her bum for a well-timed snap to share online.

Even the social media-savvy 24-year-old here is baffled.

What about capturing a romantic moment on the beach with your fiancé or a goofy snap of you enjoying your holidays that you can laugh at in years to come?

We can all fall foul of trends, but this is one you will not look back on sans a red face.

Quit the ‘belfie’ trend girls.

You may have a lovely bum but, believe me, nothing beats a good old-fashioned smile.

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