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Celebrity Instagram Alert: “Selfie” is Oxford Dictonaries’ Word of the Year

A look back at this year’s sexiest, funniest, and most depressing snapshots.

Forget speculating about People’s Sexiest Man of the Year, this year’s top honors go to the word “selfie.” That’s right, on the heels of unveiling selfie-prone stunner Paulina Gretzky as our December cover girl, Oxford Dictionaries has affirmed our decision by proclaiming “selfie” to be the 2013 Word of the Year. After a little detective work they found that the word was actually first used in an Australian forum in 2002 and quickly entered the vernacular of photo sharing sites like Flickr. However there’s no debate over the fact that “selfie” has rolled off our tongues more times this year than ever before, thanks to a combination of celebrities, social media, and, occasionally, some tequila. So let’s celebrate the selfie by taking a look back at some of this year’s most memorable ones (not including those creepy ones you guys spam our inbox with. Seriously, please stop).

Miley Cyrus

We’re sure our Hot 100 champ is single-handedly responsible for “twerking” being Oxford's runner-up Word of the Year, but she sure did her share in contributing to the selfie trend, as exhibited by her Lil’ Kim Halloween costume reveal.

Kim Kardashian

While the Kardashian clan consistently churns out selfies at an alarming pace, the white bathing suit pic that Kim posted last month is among the more memorable. The most shocking part of this incident? Kanye tweeted a response we could finally get on board with: “HEADING HOME NOW.”

Geraldo Rivera

And who could forget this hot shot that the Fox News contributor tweeted out this July with the caption “70 is the new 50.” He later apologized for posting the photo and placed the blame on a few shots of tequila - thereby proving that 70 is actually the new 21.

Beyonce + Random Concert Girl

Sure, Queen B takes a lot of gorgeous selfies but none of them can rival this one, which a 15-year-old concertgoer snapped last month. Beyonce, feel free to photo-bomb us anytime.


Selfies can also be used to fight crime, as exhibited by this photo Rihanna snapped of herself in Thailand with an adorable monkey. As the photo made the rounds it eventually ended up on the screens of Thai police, who used it to track down and arrest the men who had arranged the photo op. Turns out that little furry thing is a slow loris, a protected primate in the country.

Justin Bieber

Bieber recently invested in a new depressingly self-centered App called “Shots of Me.” Yes, that’s an App entirely devoted to taking selfies where the camera only points at you. So, not much different than his own Instagram account.

Ariana Grande

The songstress had to jump to her own defense when it came it clarifying that that big, long thing on the ground behind her was not a dildo, (as thousands of her Instagram followers speculated) but a power strip…whatever that is.

James Franco

Stop trying to turn selfies into art, Franco.

Victoria’s Secret Models

This year we’re thankful for Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss, Lily , and all the other catwalkers who were kind enough to grant us backstage access to this year’s Victoria's Secret Fashion Show through the power of Instagram.

Selfies At Funerals

At the opposite end of the spectrum, there's this Tumblr devoted to shaming those who take selfies at the most inappropriate moments.


Our personal favorite selfie-snapper: Benny Winfield. His Instagram is filled with dozens of nearly identical photos featuring his mustache and signature smile. He also recently admitted that many of those pics were snapped while sitting on the toilet.

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