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#ICYMI: Music stars and the selfie phenomena

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By: Smashley Nicole

Last year, The Oxford Dictionary made “selfie” the word of the year.

A selfie, by definition is ,” a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website“ (Oxford Dictionary). It’s a trend that shows no signs of fading anytime soon. Celebrities are known for their crazy tatics, but it seems the “selfie” trend is a way for them to get more personal with their fans… Sometimes, possibly too personal.

Jessica Simpson used the trend to show off her incredible weight loss since the birth of her son, Ace Knute Johnson. It even may have reestablished her endorsement with Weight Watchers, because she was using the program when she snapped the pics.. Talk about #TeamFit, looking good!


Demi Lovato also recently posted a few selfies via her instagram to show off her new edgy look. The pop star started with this photo that showed a razor and a lump of her hot pink hair.

demi hair

“So…this happened… Oops #NEONLIGHTSTOUR”

Followed by this adorable selfie of her new ‘do.



Then there’s the epic “Oscars Selfie” taken by Bradley Cooper. It  is pretty safe to say it is the selfie of the year. In the words of Ellen Degeneres, “too bad his arms aren’t longer”.

oscars selfie

So much talent in one single photo

However, selfies don’t always have to be taken by the celebrity. For example, check out this hilarious fan selfie with Justin Bieber at SXSW..


My selfie with Justin Bieber #SXSW

Not all selfies are so innocent. Take Nicki Minaji’s recent no makeup, completely nude shower selfie for example


This is a prime example of the “getting too personal with fans” I mentioned earlier.

Nickelodeon actress Jenette McCurdy is a recent victim of selfies gone wrong, as her not-so-innocent photos  “leaked” online. Although it has not been confirmed ,International Business Times reports that Nickelodeon is going  to be pulling the plug on her show with singer Ariana Grande, “Sam & Cat” due to the photos.

Actress Jennifer Aniston says she doesn’t understand the “celebrity selfie” trend. According to Digital Spy, the actress recently told Self magazine, “she doesn’t feel the need to publish more photographs of herself.” And continues by saying, “I don’t understand them. I feel like there’s enough out there, why add to it?”

If you think that because you’re not a celebrity that posting selfies on your social media sites don’t effect you, think again. Forbes recently posted this article on their views, explaining why “selfies” are not a good look. It explains the old view that states, “even when you are not working you still represent the organization you work for.” If you’ve been in the working world you know how absolutely true this is. To go a step further, they say this “self absorbed” way of thinking distracts us from reaching our full potential. Being charitable is a great way of thinking, but how can you be charitable if you are constantly focused on yourself? Check out that full article here.

Also, check out #Selfie by The Chainsmokers, that’s become well-known as “The Selfie Song”


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