June 21st is National Selfie Day, so I thought I’d take this time to reflect on the role that the selfie has played in society in recent years. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the impact that selfie taking has on girls and women… Some sources suggest that being exposed to other people’s selfies on social media can really hurt someone’s self-esteem, while others say that taking and posting one’s own selfies just fuels a sense of vanity and self-importance in young people. Although these are contrasting perspectives, they both share a negative view on the matter. Just like taking a good photograph is all about the angles, I think that there are a lot of people who need to re-angle their perspective and think about the positive results of taking and sharing selfies.
Some say that if you share your selfies on social media, you motives are self-centered and that you must be conceited… But I say, what’s wrong with loving yourself?! We need more self-love in this world, and if that starts by looking in the mirror and liking what you see, then so be it! They call it being self-centered, but we should call it self-acceptance!
Here are some steps that we can take to deconstruct the selfie stigma:
Take a picture of yourself. Take as many as you want! It’s always your call!
Acknowledge your beauty in every single picture, even the ones that you might not like.
If you want, post your favorites on social media - your friends will be just as happy to see your selfie game on point!