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.
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Breaking the big nose taboo with my new campaign on the #sideprofileselfie!! Let’s stop hating our noses for not being tiny, little snubs and learn to love them by sharing a #sideprofileselfie https://t.co/2WpuNQmqmY pic.twitter.com/hL6mZmYEwZ— Radhika Sanghani (@radhikasanghani) February 20, 2018
“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.”
I’ve never ever put a photo online of my side profile before because its made me self conscious everyday for as long as I can remember. But you know what, BIG NOSES ARE OKAY although tweeting this is scary 😳😁 #sideprofileselfie 🖤 pic.twitter.com/HbwtxqI1z2— Molly (@mollydotw) February 21, 2018
And Twitter user @TheBreeMae shared a gorgeous picture from her wedding that highlights what she calls her “Statement Nose.”
Back in school I use to get really badly bullied for how I looked. My nose (and unplucked eyebrows) were always targeted.— zo (@stubbsuichan) February 21, 2018
Only recently I started to pluck my brows and to love my nose. I don't care what people think anymore❤ #sideprofileselfie #selfie #bullying pic.twitter.com/NivKi3YjRp
Men are embracing the campaign as well, proving that beauty standards affect us all.
Broke my nose when I was 9 y/o and never had any confidence issues with it. Started high school got called beaky, Pinocchio etc and it affected my confidence. In the age of selfies, it takes me a while until I get a flattering angle where my nose doesn't look huge. pic.twitter.com/vutwejVC4S— 🌴🌺Jordan Dick🌺🌴 (@JordanDick94) February 21, 2018
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.
What Do YOU Think?
Have you ever felt insecure about your side profile? How can social media impact society’s beauty standards? While you be posting a #SideProfileSelfie? Share in the comments section!