Someone get Tyra Banks on the phone! There’s a hot “new” trend in posing ridiculously for photos called “squinching,” but I’m pretty sure Tyra’s go-to “Top Model” tip — SMIZE! — has just been stolen and rebranded under a different name. According to the Daily Mail, which shouts out Tyra’s smize in its intro, photographer Peter Hurley “claims the squinch is the act of squinting your eyes in such a way as to ooze confidence and self-assuredness.” Squinching is more subtle than squinting; when you squint, your eyes appear too closed, but, explains the Daily Mail, ”when you ‘squinch,’ however, you’re lifting and tightening the lower eyelid and only allowing the top eyelid to come down slightly.” Keep reading »
Whenever I get on Facebook I feel depressed. I seem to spend most of my time untagging myself in pictures so my third grade boyfriend doesn’t see me looking like I have four chins and a lazy eye. To make matters worse, it seems everybody else is beautiful, photogenic and having The Best Time Ever. Given that I’m generally having a decent time and am at least moderately attractive, I believe the problem is the pictures.
Upon closer examination, most photogenic people (by that I mean anyone under 25) have a sort of signature look, the pose they do in every picture—whether it’s on The Great Wall or at their grandmother’s house—that they know makes them look fabulous.
I have no look. I have tried to create one, but I just end up looking pained. I figure it’s time to go the experts… Keep reading »
Apparently, to get their signature pouty look, the Olsen twins say “prune” instead of “cheese.” Catherine and I decided to test this theory and, after many takes, came to a few conclusions:
1. They probably don’t say it out loud, because that is weird and it also would make any normal person laugh.
2. In fact, we think just thinking “prune” makes your cheeks suck in.
3. No matter what we do, we don’t look like the Olsens. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
For the record, Tyra is giving: the catalog smile, the commercial smile, and the smile without the eyes. [New York Times Magazine, 6/1/08 edition] Keep reading »