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For so long I’m inclined to go as far back as to blame MySpace “selfies” have only contained a negative connotation. The mirror pics, the bird’s eye view angles, we’re almost all guilty. Whoever takes a picture of themselves when bored at the library, doing their makeup or *gasp* on the subway is immediately either vain or pathetic. But why? And I’m not going to lie to you and say that I have never been one of those girls to take and then immediately delete a Photo Booth picture of myself on my laptop, I did it about twenty minutes ago.

Call it an epiphany or a part of growing up, but I’ve begun to let go of a lot of things and one of them is caring so much. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll spend forty minutes on the elliptical or read Perez Hilton like the best of ’em and feel a little bit less Harvard in doing so, but I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and make my profile picture on Facebook the pic of myself that I think is cute–who cares if I took it myself?

Hollywood is constantly telling us to lose eighty pounds and wear makeup everywhere, even in our sleep. They tell us to be more beautiful and maybe one day we can grace the cover of a magazine. But within those magazines are articles telling us how we’re better than that. There are too many contradictions for young women today and it’s all just too confusing. But I want to know why we look down on a simple “selfie”? Clearly, if we want to “profile pic it” it means that we like it. We think we look pretty in it. We’re confident with that photo and then somehow, if only for an instant, a little bit more confident with ourselves.

So I’m going to say something a little unconventional: take more selfies, ladies. Find those pictures of yourself that make you feel good and pretty because I don’t care what any magazine has to say otherwise: we all love the feeling of feeling good. Whether it’s getting a good grade on a test, getting a sweet internship or loving your new Facebook profile, do what makes you smile. Pick the picture that makes you want to Facebook stalk yourself, then you know it’s a keeper.

You can read more from Blythe Thomas on her blog.

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