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How to take a great selfie

If I can do it, you can! And maybe you'll even end up in the new Museum Of Selfies (yes, really) one day.

Photo credit: The Museum of Selfies

And….. POUT! The world’s first ever Museum Of Selfies opens in Los Angeles this Sunday. Yes, it’s 1 April but no, it’s not an April Fool, honestly! The interactive exhibition promises to examine the social and cultural impact of the selfie phenomenon, which may seem thoroughly modern but apparently dates back 40,000 years. We have been into taking photos of our duckface posings for a very long time, it turns out. Look, even David’s been at it!

Photo credit: The Museum of Selfies

Photo credit: The Museum of Selfies. Liking that gold case a lot, lady.

Like many of us, I’m a reluctant selfie-snapper. But as Muddy has taken off and I’ve had to plaster my mug across social media on a regular basis, I’ve had to educate myself in how to take a self-portrait that isn’t a triple-chinned, mid-blink horror show.

As you can see, I’m still pathetically attached to publishing silly photos of myself – frankly, it’s just more fun – and I recommend not taking my suggestions below too seriously, but in case you want to take a decent selfie, here’s what I’ve learnt in six years of social media-ising.


  1. Take about 4 million and edit ’em down until you get the money shot. More is more!
  2. Natural lighting is always best so plonk yourself by the window. That way your skin looks perkier and there’s no icky shadows (I don’t need my eye bags to look any blacker, thanks)
  3. Angles are everything. Establish your best side and work it, baby. And always remember: chin down, camera up. Hold your phone so the bottom is level with your eyes – bye bye chins!
  4. Think about backgrounds and props. Keep what’s behind you either totally simple (eg a white wall) or completely nuts/newsworthy (eg Madonna propping up the bar next to you). As for props, silly hats or cute babies are always a winner.
  5. Avoid the clichés. An obvious pout looks ridiculous on anyone over the age of 19, nobody wants to see you in the gym/ holding a green juice and tanned leg selfies by the pool on hols make all your friends want to stab you.
  6. If all else fails, cheat. My daughter spends hours on Face App – there’s the ‘Hollywood’ filter that makes everyone look like Kim Kardashian (decide for yourself if this is a good thing!) and the one that takes about 20 years off your face. Don’t know about you, but personally I’m feeling it big style for the moustache.

From top left clockwise: Normal/haggard; 20 years younger; Hollywooded; and Tom Sellecked.

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