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Selfies: the great liberator?


Everything is a trend. Get enough people doing it and it’s the next big thing. Once something’s the big thing all the pundits need to jump on the bandwagon.

Take the selfie. Now even the President’s busy taking self-portraits. The internet is full of one arm wonders. There’s even a site dedicated to selfies taken at funerals. Before you could say ‘Instagram,’ all the pundits were bemoaning the fall of civilization collapsing under the weight of our collect narcissism.

The newest craze in the fashion world is plus sized models. Finally ‘real women’ are gracing the covers of magazines, or so we’re told. No sooner have we lauded the fashion industry for taking a brave move forward than the backlash begins. The so called ‘plus sized models’ can be anything from a size 12 upwards. Only in the fashion world is a 12 a plus size.

Now the most cutting edge trend is to trash the fashion industry for using not actually plus sized models, squeezing out the actually plus sized models from the market and causing the rest of us innocent bystanders to start thinking a 12 is really a plus size.

Maybe we’ve got it all wrong. Maybe the selfie is the answer to all our problems. If we get so used to seeing real pictures of real people, maybe we’ll just stop believing all the body image lies fed to us by the fashion industry.

The Curvy Girls plus sized lingerie store in San Jose was flooded with responses when they asked customers to post pictures of themselves in lingerie. Beautiful real women in all shapes and sizes.

Maybe the selfie is the savior of civilization after all.