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10 MOST POPULAR JAPANESE SELFIE POSES BY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS
We talk about the top 10 selfie poses used by Japanese high school girls, or young Japanese girls in general. And as usual, we reenact them.... awkwardly.
Here are the 10 Japanese selfie poses:
1. Peace Sign Pose
The most common but we have to go over this classic.
2. Toothache Pose
Mimicking having a toothache, a cutesy pose. It became common from fashion magazine covers to show nail designs, and soon Japanese girls picked it up. It also helps to hide the roundness of one's face, an oftentimes undesired trait.
3. Paw Pose (or Gao Pose)
Mimicking putting a paw up. Many variations including holding it at differing heights, one or two hands, etc. It is thought to have started out with Harajuku pop icon, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who posted selfies with her hands held like claws, showing her new nail designs. Others argue that the pose came from Lady Gaga's "paws up" pose.
It is also called 'Gao' pose as gao is the Japanese way of describing a roar. This related to the girl playfully acting like a cute little animal.
4. Hiding One Eye Pose
Covering one eye is another popular selfie pose, used both to show off one’s fingernails and eye-make.
5. Eliza Pose
The “Eliza” pose was named after the popular CanCam model, Eliza Ikeda (or Elaiza Ikeda). She posed in her selfies by lightly squeezing her cheeks to emphasize her lips.
6. Hamu Hamu Pose
“Hamu” is the onomatopoeia of the action of lightly biting. Selfies where the subject gently bites her lower lip are now becoming more popular amongst the teenage girls, as well as being much more warmly received by young males (especially compared to poses such as the duck pose / ahiru guchi).
7. Drinking Pose (or Near-Chu Pose)
Another upcoming selfie pose is the “drinking-out-from-a-straw” pose, known in Japanese as the “near-chu” pose. It gives the impression of kissing (“chu” is onomatopoeia of kissing).
8. Pinching the Cheek Pose
Pinching-the-cheek pose looks strange, but also cute as well. Apparently, it rose to popularity thanks to a smartphone app where the user can manipulate their taken image to stretch their cheek out a bit. One potential reason why this is popular amongst girls is that it apparently helps to reduce wrinkle lines from laughing and smiling.
9. Covering the Mouth Pose
Like the “covering-one-eye” pose, hiding your mouth to only show the top half of your face is also popular recently. Many girls use this selfie pose to show off their eye-make up, as well as the nail designs, together.
The “pistol” pose, finally, was popularized by Manami Enosawa, one of the more well-known models in Seventeen magazine. Like the “toothache” pose, the “finger pistol” covers the chin and cheek areas to hide the roundness of one’s face, albeit with a dash off added fun.
Which selfie poses do you do? Let us know in the comments!
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