The selfie has a long and epic history. While artists have painted and sketched versions of themselves for hundreds of years, the first photographic self-portrait was by American Robert Cornelius in 1839 who sat in front of his camera for a minute. The first cool mirror selfie was taken by Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia in 1914, which she sent to a friend by mail. She was ahead of her time.
The rise of the smartphone front camera means that selfies have really become a way of life. These are the most famous selfies of the social media age.
Ellen DeGeneres At The Oscars
This incredible moment in history was sponsored by Samsung. Every A-lister wanted in on the action. It quickly became the most retweeted tweet ever.
Pro tip: If you’ve got a selfie stick this is the time to use it.
Kim Kardashian vs North
Selfie queen Kim Kardashian was “feeling her look” one day and decided to cut daughter North out of the picture. Apparently North’s eyes were closed.
Pro tip: Do you look perf but your friend looks terrible in your selfie? Just crop them out. As Kim said in response to criticism over this photo, “can I live?”
Selfie With The Queen
Australian hockey stars Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris snapped this epic selfie with Queen Elizabeth at the Commonwealth Games. While they tweeted that she had “photobombed” them, in reality they carefully lined up the photo to make sure she was in the background.
Pro tip: If you can see a celebrity in the distance, position yourself in front of them and take as many selfies as you can. At least one will be worth sharing.
A “belfie” is a butt-selfie. While the term has only been coined recently, Kim Kardashian caused Kanye to race home immediately when she posted this post-baby body swimsuit shot.
Pro tip: Make sure to push your bum out and arch your back so much that it hurts. That’s how all those IG models do it.
The Mandela Memorial Selfie
US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt decided to take a quick selfie at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. A photographer snapped them in action and caused a tabloid media storm that was heard around the world.
Pro tip: Don’t do this. No funeral selfies, no concentration camp selfies, no natural disaster selfies. It’s not cool.
This month we’re celebrating the selfie with our March bellabox. There’s still time to join!