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Selfie advice: How to take the perfect selfie Kim Kardashian-style

Elle Canada
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Selfie advice: How to take the perfect selfie Kim Kardashian-style

KimKardashianImage courtesy of Instagram/KimKardashian.

As you’ve probably read, “selfie” beat out “ twerking” as the word of the year by the editors from Oxford English Dictionary. (Belfies might be a contender for next year thanks to Kim Kardashian’s efforts to elevate this to a narcissistic—and trending—art form.) A recent British study found that most people take more than 10 minutes to prepare for their shot and they take up to seven images before they post their final pick. And they also play fast and loose with the concept of this being the product of their own creative talent! Up to 81 percent of them get a friend to take the shot, yet they post it as their own. I’m not as prolific as Miley Cyrus or Ms Kardashian—who is, really?—but my approach is more of a meta comment on this self-reflection phenomenon. I take a shot of myself taking the selfie. And I pretty much go against all of Kim’s advice. The selfie queen has three tips: 1. Hold your camera higher than your face. 2. Know your angle. 3 Try to avoid duck face—even if it does bring out your cheekbones. My advice: 1. Be spontaneous. 2. Be unexpected. 3. Be whimsical. Apparently 35% of people take a selfie to remember a happy moment. Read on to see four of those Instagram moments for me. (None of which went viral like, Kim’s belfie.)

La Tour 13

This was taken during my visit to the Paris Tour 13 street art happening in Paris. (Click here to read my blog on it.) I took this photo in the room created by French artist  Kan. The walls, floor and ceiling were painted in muted dots, which were lovely, but the artist’s vision only came together when you looked into the silver ball and the dots transformed into the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Emiratesselfie

This was taken onboard the Emirates 380—aka flying luxury fortress—that took me from Toronto to Dubai last week. (Wonder what it's like to fly there first class. One word. Amazing. Don't believe me, check out my travel diary.)

Armaniselfie

I felt like Hugh Hefner in this Armani silk PJ set that I wore for the signature Shiastu/Thai massage at the Armani spa in Dubai. It was deliciously painful and the perfect jet lag reboot treatment.

Tomfordselfie

The windows in the Dubai mall—the largest in the world—have to be compelling if you're going to entice serious shoppers into your store, versus the bazillion other luxury labels attempting to lure them in. This concave mirrored display in Tom Ford caught my "selfie" eye immediately. Read more:  Shay Michell talks about selfies, her life and her fans Miley Cyrus sexy, shower selfie
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