“Chinning” Is The Best New Instagram Trend We’ve All Been Waiting For

If you’re sick of all those Instagram posts featuring perfect people with perfect faces and bodies, you’re not alone. But there’s a new trend that’s all about flaunting flaws and it’s awesome AF. Here are 12 reasons why chinning should be your next Instagram selfie.

  1. Take your chin on an adventure. So what is “chinning,” you ask? It’s based on the Instagram account of Michelle Liu called @chinventures. It’s basically focused on her many adventures during her fantastic travels. Only, when you look through her pictures, you see something quite different…
  2. Chin up! Instead of polished, perfect selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower or Trevi Fountain, you see Michelle posing in front of the camera and leaning back so that her chin is on display. And the way she’s smiling, it looks like she’s got a double chin. That’s the whole point, though—she’s not out to look like a perfect model. Welcome to chinning!
  3. It’s for a good cause. Chinning might seem a bit weird and silly at first, but it’s really about how we need to stop taking ourselves so damn seriously on Instagram and other social networking sites. Instead of feeling the pressure to look perfect in every selfie and using a million filters to help you achieve it, you should be embracing your flaws and putting them on display.
  4. It’s about lightening up. Social media is stressful AF with how you fear that people won’t “like” your selfies or how you feel like crap when you see other people posting runway-ready pics. Enough with feeling bad about yourself! Chinning is about making things fun and light. As Michelle explained to Mic, her chinning entertained friends in school and she wanted to share her chin with the world. She even got the British Airways crew to take what Michelle calls a “chinfie” with her. Awesome!
  5. She’s living the life. Don’t be fooled. This Instagram account isn’t just about Michelle’s chin (although even if it was, it’d be fantastic). She’s traveled to many gorgeous places—as you’ll see when you look away from her chin at the amazing scenery behind her. Some hotspots include Prague, Paris, New York, and Beijing, to mention a few.
  6. You should be living the life. Chinning reminds you that even if you’re not jet-setting to beautiful places, you should be enjoying your life as much as you can. As for Instagram, it should be a place where you get to share your fun adventures and be silly AF if you feel like it— not be perfect robots. That’s boring AF.
  7. Everyone looks weird from that angle. What’s so cool about chinning from a selfie point of view is that everyone looks strange AF at that angle, and everyone gets an instant double chin! So it’s really saying, “Look, everyone can look hot with the right stylist and filter, but honestly? Let’s all look crap for a change and have fun with it.” The pressure’s off and the fun is on!
  8. It shows society’s rules the finger. As women, we feel society’s pressure to look great on a daily basis, not just online but in real life. You might compare your body to women you see around you or on Instagram, but for what? Chinning shows the finger to all the beauty rules and worries that only serve to make you feel anxious about how you look and which create self-consciousness that probably wasn’t there before.
  9. It brings fun back to photos. Remember when you were a kid and you’d love posing for photos? Yeah, me too. Nowadays the minute someone wants to take a pic of you, you bolt from the room. Ugh. When you take selfies, you probably spend hours in front of the mirror beforehand or take 200 pictures just to get one you consider decent. Screw that. Chinning lets you live in the moment and reminds you that more important than the selfies you take are the memories you make in life.
Giulia Simolo is a writer from Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as a journalist for more than a decade, writing for sites including AskMen, Native Interiors, and Live Eco. You can find out more about her on Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @GiuliaSimolo.