So there’s this thing happening where beautiful girls are taking photos of themselves making the most ridiculous, hilarious, awful ugly faces and I think it’s the best thing to ever happen to the Internet.
Some have wondered if the meme started in response to the series of photos Beyonce’s publicist asked BuzzFeed to remove where the pop star is making amazingly grunty faces during her Super Bowl performance last weekend. I’m not sure, but I will say I think I get all the reasons why everyone – even the women in the photographs – love these pictures.
For some, it’s a way of showing that even though they’re beautiful according to society’s standards, they also have a crazy, raging funny and/or ugly girl inside of them. For others, it’s a chance to show that even “ugly” girls are pretty in the right light and from the right angle with the right lens. It shines a light on the fact that beauty is both subjective and objective and is truly in the eye of the beholder, that images can manipulate how we think and feel. It’s also a chance for us women who are constantly objectified - and that’s all of us, whether because we are considered ugly or considered beautiful or both – to take control and say to the world, “I am going to force you to see me from all sides, as a total human being.” It’s liberating and it’s fun. It’s hilarious and empowering, and what better emotional combination is there?
So here you go, people of the Internet. Enjoy your catharsis! I’ve enlisted the help of some of my friends for this one, as well as pulled from submissions on Reddit. Here are 20 Pretty Girls Making Ugly Faces:
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