Women are posting ‘chinning’ photos to mock Instagram standards, and they are works of f**king art

Posing for a selfie can be tedious and embarrassing, particularly when you’re in public. While there’s no shame in taking a memorable photo, there is definitely a little shame in crafting a painstaking pose for the sole purpose of making yourself look unrealistically fabulous.

Enter “chinning,” the new Instagram trend which will hopefully relieve us all of the pressure to look perfect in every selfie.

“Chinning” is an Instagram fad which was proudly kickstarted by Michelle Liu to clap back against the standards of Instagram “perfection” that are constantly littering our newsfeeds.

As the name implies, “chinning” is basically the act of posing with as many intentional double-chins as possible in your selfies.

Water you doin this fine evening? 🌊

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Get rich or die chinning 🤷🏻‍♀️ wishing I had the 🗝 to a place like this 😩

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Liu started the trend when she was documenting her world travels, and eventually created an entire Instagram account devoted to the act of “chinning.” The account has over 8,000 followers, and people are absolutely geeking out over Michelle’s new take on the selfie.

Apparently, Liu has been perfecting the pose for years prior to her Instagram fame. “My chinning entertained my friends all through middle school, high school and college, at which point I decided to share my chin with the world,” Liu told Mic in an email.

Fun fact: Apparently my great-uncle was one of Chairman Mao's personal guards 😮

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Liu says that she feels there’s a benefit to “looking silly” and intentionally posing in ridiculous ways. Apparently, Michelle always felt pressured to “look a certain way” during her adolescent years, so “chinning” is just her way of subverting expectations and sticking it to the concept of looking “picture perfect.”

And, as it turns out, the whole chinning phenomenon has actually taken off on Instagram.

Maybe she's born with it 🏜✨ . . . #sedona #derplife #dingus #travel #arizona #hike #duh #chinning

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Liu says she couldn’t be more pleased with the fact that people are latching on to the idea, and that she hopes the burgeoning chinning popularity will only continue to grow.

“I want to be chinsta-famous.”

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