Being liked, at least on Facebook, counts for this generation. Some people choose to share posts on insightful developments around the globe and others use the social networking site to... well be social. But no matter what your proclivities, you’d be lying if you could resist the profile picture. Here is our guide to some of the popular poses for them.
Pose no.1: The thumka
Curve your body a little, stick your hips out just a little bit more and then place one arm on your hip arched precisely at the 90-degree angle. That’s when you get the thumka right. It is a great way to show your figure off, especially if you’re wearing a sari or gharara.
Pose no.2: The headache
This pose is definitely amongst some of the easier ones. The ‘headache’ – as the name suggests – is ideal for when you are dying of a migraine. Just grab onto your head and squint at the camera. Believe it or not, it will even add more volume to your crown.
Pose no.3: The brow lift
For this pose turn your face slightly to the side, stick your chin out and raise one eyebrow. The benefit of this look is that the arched eyebrow contours your face well and makes it appear thinner.
Pose no.4: The kiss and tell
As the name suggests, you need to take the picture at the exact moment when you plant a great big smooth on your best friend’s cheek. It’s a great way to show affection and attract attention.
Pose no.5: The angelic face
The ‘I am so angelic’ pose is for those who want to look innocent. It is one of those poses that require minimal effort. You need to simply remain seated with your knees close together and let your elbows rest on your knees for support while you hold both your hands against your left cheek. Take that shot from a little above the head and it will be ‘perfect’.
Pose no.6: The pensive look
Request your friend to take a picture while you pretend to stare off into the distance. In the process, try to look “pensive” or “contemplative”. Practice and you’ll get this one right.
Pose no.7: The pout
The most sought-after and infamous pose of them all: the pout. If you don’t know how to do this already then simply push your lips forward and *click*. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen achieved their signature pout by saying “prune” while being photographed.
Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, July 21st, 2013.
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