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“Selfie” Named Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year! Plus the 25 Best Celebrity Selfies

There are a whole bunch of new vocabulary words that have seeped into the American language this year (lookin’ at you, twerk), but one that has become incredibly popular, not just as a word but as an action, is “selfie.” Selfie, for those of you living under a rock, is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” This week, selfie has become the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2013.

One place where the selfie has become a mainstay is Hollywood. Some celebrities could be called selfie addicts, including Kim Kardashain, Snooki, and most Real Housewives. But one thing about the selfie that we really appreciate is the casual nature of the image. These self portraits are often stunningly beautiful, capturing not only the natural beauty of the celebrities, but also showing them in a whole new light. We’ve collected 25 of the most gorgeous and eye-catching celebrity selfies, from the prolific Kardashian sisters to supermodels.

  • Beyonce 1 of 23
    Beyonce Selfie

    Beyonce shared this gorgeous photo after cutting off her hair, which became newsworthy itself.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Beyonce

  • Madonna 2 of 23
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    A very artsy photo from the one and only Madonna.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Madonna

  • Gwen Stefani 3 of 23
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    Gwen Stefani shared a stunning profile pic. 

     

    Photo Source: Twitter/Gwen Stefani

  • Kourtney Kardashian 4 of 23
    Kourtney Kardashian Selfie

    Kourtney certainly knows how to capture a good selfie!

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Beyonce

  • Kim Kardashian 5 of 23
    Kim Kardashian Selfie

    One of the queens of the selfie, Kim's photo is one of many gorgeous pics she has shared.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Beyonce

  • Fergie 6 of 23
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    A very dreamy — and colorful — photo of Fergie.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Fergie

  • Nicole Richie 7 of 23
    Nicole Richie selfie

    Of course, a Disneyland selfie was in order for Nicole Richie.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Nicole Richie

  • Jessica Alba 8 of 23
    Jessica Alba selfie

    Jessica Alba captured her smile perfectly in this selfie.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Jessica Alba

  • Miley Cyrus 9 of 23
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    Miley Cyrus posts a ton of selfies of herself. This one is quite striking in its simplicity.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Miley Cyrus

  • Miranda Kerr 10 of 23
    miranda Kerr Selfie

    A very glamorous shot of model Miranda Kerr, which looks like it's from another era altogether.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Miranda Kerr

  • Gisele Bundchen 11 of 23
    gisele Selfie

    This photo of Gisele Bundchen really does capture her natural beauty.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Gisele Bundchen

  • Hilary Duff 12 of 23
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    Such a fresh and sweet photo of Hilary Duff.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Hilary Duff

  • Zooey Deschanel 13 of 23
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    An incredibly regal image of Zooey Deschanel getting dolled up.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Zooey Deschanel

  • Lindsay Lohan 14 of 23
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    Forget all the scandals; in this image, Lindsay Lohan looks every inch a star.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram via Mike and Tricia's Hollywood Dirt

  • Emmy Rossum 15 of 23
    Emmy Rossum Selfie

    I love the contrast of the sky and her skin — a striking image.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Emmy Rossum

  • Rihanna 16 of 23
    rhianna selfie 2

    Simple, thoughtful, and strong, this is a powerful selfie of Rihanna.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Rihanna

  • Snooki 17 of 23
    snooki selfie

    Snooki is one of the most prolific self portrait-takers on Instagram. This is just one of the examples of the pretty pics she takes of herself.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Snooki

  • Tori Spelling 18 of 23
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    Tori Spelling's baby totally steals the selfie on this one.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Tori Spelling

  • Milla Jovovich 19 of 23
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    A super cool image of the actress/singer/designer/mom.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Milla Jovovich

  • Holly Madison 20 of 23
    Holly Madison

    A very cool, glam selfie by Holly Madison.

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Holly Madison

  • Khloe Kardashian 21 of 23
    khloe selfie

    A beautiful photo of Khloe Kardashian, worthy of a makeup or shampoo ad!

     

    Photo Source: Instagram/Khloe Kardashian

  • Mindy Kaling 22 of 23
    Mindy Kaling

    This image isn't just gorgeous, but totally silly as well. Love it!

     

    Photo Source: Mindy Kaling/Intagram

  • Selena Gomez 23 of 23
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    The composition of this selfie of Selena Gomez is great.

     

    Photo Source: Selena Gomez/Instagram

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