It is Duck Face 2.0. Young women have evolved from the sideways peace sign and puckered lips of yesteryear to strike something sassier, sexier, and more sophisticated for potential Facebook pictures: “The Pose.”
The Pose was developed by ladies who wanted to bring out all of their best features in front of their friends’ point-and-shoot cameras. As explained to me by fellow Culture Shock writer Stella Zaralides, when done right, The Pose makes your hair look long and shiny, your arms and legs skinny, your waist narrow and your stomach slim. It is flattering in all the right places and screams fabulous.
I thus made it my goal to perfect The Pose. Considering how often I dance (not at all) and how many sports I play (none), I figured it would be easy enough to coordinate (it wasn’t). Here was the breakdown:
Step 1: Leg position
The best Poses occur when you are on the end in a group shot with your BFFLs and there’s room to show off your legs in a tight bandage skirt. I have no friends, nor do I have a bandage skirt, but I did what I could. I popped my outer foot without taking it completely off the ground, bending my knee slightly with the other leg visible. This would have been infinitely sexier had I owned high heels or remembered to shave my legs. Perhaps it was a good thing the flash on my camera never made it past my torso.
Step 2: Arm position
I then placed my outer hand on my hip with my elbow bent to an acceptable amount of fierceness. To bring out my womanly curves, I tucked my blouse into my pseudo-bandage skirt and arched my back.
Step 3: Head position
Lastly, I tilted my head to a 25 to 45 degree angle and flipped my hair to the side. This works best when your hair is long and straightened, but I took this picture after my unwashed hair had been up in a bun for a day. Does this post make me sound disgusting? I then stuck my chin out to prevent neck flab and double chin, and smiled wide to show as many teeth as possible.
With all three steps completed, here was the final Pose:
Compared with the other Poses on my Facebook Newsfeed, I would rate this a 6 out of 10. Good form, but not nearly as natural as I would have liked it. It would have been better had I turned my body towards the camera and put my inner arm around a friend. All in all, a valiant first effort. I’m going to go make some BFFLs and force them to take pictures with me. Practice makes perfect!