“Wait...is that how i look?”
If you’ve ever been depressed by a photo of yourself, the answer might be…take more.
i can count
on one hand the number of selfies I’ve taken. It’s not just because I think it’s kind of ridiculous. It’s also that I really don’t like how I look in pictures. If someone points a camera in my direction, I hide my face, like the papparazzi just caught me outside Vakylrie.
I don’t think I’m unattractive. But when I see myself in pictures? Horrified. My eyes go beady, my mouth narrows, my nose expands. Those cheekbones I thought I had? Gone. I start to wonder if the photos are actually more accurate. You might say that I have good self-esteem but horrible selfie-esteem.
Around the time of my wedding, I was feeling particularly camera-shy. Would I love how I’d look on the big day, only to hate how I look in the photos?
Hoping to overcome my photo aversion, I Googled hate how I look in pictures. I landed on Nolan Feeney’s article for Theatlantic.com, “Why Selfies Sometimes Look Weird to Their Subjects.” He writes about “mereexposure hypothesis,” which boils down to this: The more we see something, the more we like it. It’s why I pre- Cosmopolitan