Never before has the self-portrait been so easy to execute. It seemed easy a few years ago, when digital cameras became ubiquitous in our phones. And then it became even easier when the phones started being made with selfie lenses, so that we wouldn't have to flip the camera around to capture ourselves.
Never before has there been so much talk about the self-portrait: the haters gonna hate, and selfie-haters abound. Do a simple Google search for "selfie," and not only will it yield millions of image results, but also countless articles criticizing the selfie, agonizing over the selfie, examining the selfie. Let this article be added to the masses.
I'm not here to break it down, really. I'm not here to do much except to say this:
LOVE YOUR SELFIE.
If you happen to live in an era where YOU can photograph yourself with ease, where YOU get to be the photographer and the muse and model all at once, where YOU get to decide what is beautiful -- then you better freaking go for it. If loving your selfie helps you love your self, then by all means -- DO IT!
Selfies are an excellent exercise in:
- letting go of fear and shame
- letting go of caring what other people think
- letting go of typical beauty standards
- loving your own face and body
- creating art and beauty
- being yourself
If you ever run into any haters, it's probably because they wish they were brave enough to take some more selfies. So use those opportunities to help them. Offer to take some selfies together. We can change the world, one selfie at a time.
But really, in a world where we often fight so hard for love and acceptance, using the selfie as a tool for self-love and self-acceptance is a brilliant idea. Let's do it, and let's teach our children how to do it, too. Balance is key. Whatever we know, we can pass on to our children. By modeling self-love, others will learn it, too.
Above all, be authentic in your love of yourself and in the art you create. Trust your vision the most.
All the love,
Sadie Rose is a writer, designer, and shop owner who lives in Paradise, California. Learn more about her here.