Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian West announced that selfies are dead, but it’s no matter: Instagram has already found a way to replace them. It’s called chinning, and instead of showcasing the sheer perfection of our own flawless faces, it’s focused on celebrating our IMPERFECTIONS and showing off our goofy side.
First started by Instagrammer Michelle Liu, the trend is a super simple one to get on board with. Simply take a selfie from a low angle (that’s right, no more shooting from above!), showing off as many chins as you possibly can, preferably in front of a cool backdrop, like, say, the London Eye or Eiffel Tower.
Speaking with Mic, the 21-year-old revealed she started her account, @chinventures, in September 2016 with the goal of helping others feel more comfortable in their own skin and give them the confidence they need to look silly on social media.
From the looks of things, it’s definitely working: Not only does the Boston native currently boast 10K followers herself, with snaps from all over the globe (“I haven’t chinned everywhere, but it’s on my list,” Liu said), she’s inspiring plenty more to do the same, with more than 8,000 results for the #chinning tag.
For followers of the trend, it’s a welcome change from the filtered, Photoshopped, perfectly posed photos we’ve grown used to seeing in recent years, which figures such as plus-size model Iskra Lawrence are working hard to expose the realities behind.
While the perfect selfie can take hours to perfect or make us feel inadequate, chinning is all about having fun — even if you’re not the one doing the posing. “Strangers always notice me chinning,” Liu, who snaps her shots with a selfie stick, told the outlet. “Some appear shocked, others confused, but across the board from my experience, they are usually entertained.”
With shots like the one above, it’s pretty easy to see why.
Chin on, girl!
Will you give chinning a try? Tweet us your selfies @BritandCo.
(Photo via @chinventures)