The key to taking a selfie is knowing your angles, right? Many women with prominent noses often feel pressured to take photos from just one angle — straight on. Freelance journalist Radhika Sanghani wants to change that by flooding Twitter with noses of all shapes and sizes.
Sanghani created the #SideProfileSelfie campaign as a way to extend the body positivity movement to our faces.
“I’ve spent my whole life hiding from a side-profile photograph. Every time I see a camera I know exactly how to position myself so my nose isn’t captured on film in its full, crooked glory,” she writes for Grazia UK. “I know I’m not the only one — and I want you to help me put an end to it.”
While the thought of posting a photo of her profile terrified her at first, it has since helped to grow her love for her nose. “My nose is mine, and I’m determined to love it just as it is,” she writes.
Since it began on Tuesday, countless people have been inspired to post their own selfies. “I’ve never ever put a photo online of my side profile before because it’s made me self-conscious every day for as long as I can remember,” Twitter user @mollydotw writes. “But you know what, BIG NOSES ARE OKAY, although tweeting this is scary.”
And Twitter user @TheBreeMae shared a gorgeous picture from her wedding that highlights what she calls her “Statement Nose.”
Men are embracing the campaign as well, proving that beauty standards affect us all.
While there’s been more diversity of race, age and body type on runways, screens and social media, large and bumpy noses are still taboo — for now, that is.
“We’ve seen the unfiltered spotty skin, the stretch marks, the cellulite and the body hair all being reclaimed as our own and beautiful online,” she says. “But noses are still hidden in subtle head tilts and awkward poses. We need change. It’s why I’m using this article to launch the #SideProfileSelfie.”
Sanghani tells Mashable that the response to her campaign has been “amazing.” On top of seeing others’ #SideProfileSelfies across Twitter, she’s also received private messages from women saying that “they love the campaign but don’t feel ready yet to do their own #SideProfileSelfie.”
“I’ve actually got really emotional reading these messages because I can completely relate to them all,” Sanghani tells Mashable. “I just hope one day these women feel able to own their noses like I have mine.”
The success of the #SideProfileSelfie campaign proves that the qualities that make us unique also make us beautiful. So whether you’re snapping your own #SideProfileSelfie as you read this article or simply whispering “yaaaas” to yourself, it’s amazing to know that social media can impact people’s lives in such a positive way.
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