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Selfies: Bad Hair Days

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on July 23, 2014 in Immoral Conversations |

Every image tells a tale, paints – as has been said and repeated more times than I care to research – a thousand words. Imagine what it must be for those really interested in evolution – and I’m not talking about the creationist / evolutionist argument here – to be able to follow changes from the first through to the last. Of course we can do that at any time we want: any family album is going to have the first baby photos, the first walking, first school day, first bicycle ride, graduation, college, wedding celebrations caught for all time and preserved for grandchildren and unsuspecting visitors.

Viktoria Michaelis: Selfie, Bad Hair Day

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We can follow celebrities from their first appearance on the stage through to the final facelift if we want. But ordinary people, the changes which happen through fashion and aren’t seen by the whole family? The personal changes that a woman – or a man – performs for themselves? Such things were once rare but, now that we have the selfie amongst us, could become a staple of our daily diet, beginning with the most innocent, the most attractive and then moving on…

Many web sites specializing in self-shots, self-portraits, limit themselves to one or two examples and then move on. It is rare that you will find a complete collection taken over several weeks or months with the changes documented, laid bare for all to see. From those sweet beginnings right the way through to the bitter end.

Viktoria Michaelis: Selfie, Bad Hair Day

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And I must warn you now, there is a bitter end here, in this collection I found on an anonymous Russian site of a young English woman. I don’t know who she is – there are no credits – and I’m not sure that I would want to know her now. Perhaps a few years ago, around the time when that first photograph was shot. Perhaps also during the phase of the second one, despite the pursed lips, the famous duckface.

Viktoria Michaelis: Selfie, Bad Hair Day

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But then, purely from an aesthetic point of view, things seem to go wrong. All of a sudden we see a change away from that first, shy smile, the first bare midriff shot to something which might have come out of a Hollywood make-up studio. We see the duckface and about a year’s supply of make-up slapped on like an apple and peach skin cure.

Viktoria Michaelis: Selfie, Bad Hair Day

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Those fabulous, flowing locks are clearly in the way; it must be impossible for her to see so she’s thrown everything over her shoulders with a liberal supply of industrial glue…

Viktoria Michaelis: Selfie, Bad Hair Day

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which clearly doesn’t hold everything in place as it should do. And I get the feeling someone raped her head with a pair of very blunt scissors: I only hope it wasn’t a professional, that would be the only excuse available, and that she didn’t pay out a whole month’s pocket-money for the results! If she did, well, in the States you could sue for damages. That is, unless the end result is that which is being sought.

Viktoria Michaelis: Selfie, Bad Hair Day

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The full Halloween effect, designed to scare even the bravest of little children and put adults off their food. So much hard work, and I bet she doesn’t allow her boyfriend’s seeing-eye dog into the room. There is a certain sadness in her eyes, almost as if she knows what she’s done…

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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