The 23 Most Important Selfies Of 2013

Oxford Dictionaries dubbed “selfie” the official word of 2013. Here are the brave photos that made the selfie dream a poignant reality.

1. The selfie at your dad’s inauguration.

JOE KLAMAR / AFP / Getty Images

So far, the actual Malia and Sasha Obama selfie has not gone public. :(

2. The Geraldo Rivera shirtless mirror selfie.

(Rivera soon deleted the pic and blamed it on drunk tweeting.)

3. And later, the Geraldo-Anthony Weiner selfie.

Geraldo Rivera


Funny dual Selfie- Weiner in my WABC radio studio. We’re posting video of his lively interview asap

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4. The “we are super rad and at an awards show” selfie.

Getty / Kevin Winter

Tom Hanks and Steve Martin take an onstage selfie at the 2013 Governors Awards.

5. The Kimye bathroom selfie.

6. The most dangerous selfie of all time.

Tampa Bay Rays reporter Kelly Nash took this at the Astros-Red Sox game in Boston in April, not realizing there was a baseball whizzing at her head.

7. The selfie with Beyoncé at a Beyoncé show.

(Sadly, this was not actually a photobomb.)

8. And the Beyoncé with short hair selfie.

9. The #StarbucksDrakeHands selfie.

The story: A guy went up to a girl at Starbucks in Los Angeles and started hitting on her. She reluctantly gave him her number. Later that day, she received this video, which launched the very important 2013 meme #StarbucksDrakeHands.

10. The world famous selfie with Pope Francis.

Osservatore Romano / Reuters

@KofC epic #selfie #PopeFrancis

— Fabio M. Ragona (@FabioMRagona)

Fabio M. Ragona


@KofC epic #selfie #PopeFrancis

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11. The entire selfie catalog of the best Instagram user, @mrpimpgoodgame.

Now a legend.

12. The Hillary and Chelsea Clinton selfie.

My first #selfie w my mom @HillaryClinton back stage at #CGIAmerica. #ProudDaughter

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton)

Chelsea Clinton


My first #selfie w my mom @HillaryClinton back stage at #CGIAmerica. #ProudDaughter

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13. The “so worth it” selfie.

Three girls from Omaha, Neb., ran on field during the final game of the College World Series and were captured by security, but not before taking this priceless piece of evidence.

14. The “I’m in motherf-ing SPACE!!” selfie.

This sure beats any “selfie” I’ve done up to now | Il migliore autoscatto che abbia fatto finora #spacewalk #Volare

— Luca Parmitano (@astro_luca)

Luca Parmitano


This sure beats any “selfie” I’ve done up to now | Il migliore autoscatto che abbia fatto finora #spacewalk #Volare

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15. The selfie with your teacher who’s in labor.

16. Michelle Obama’s lawn selfie with Bo.

17. The “sparrow face” selfie.

Hatched in Japan, the “sparrow face” is 2013’s answer to the duck face. Look for more of it in 2014.

18. The couple who took selfies at every subway station in Manhattan.


19. Kim Kardashian’s bathroom selfie:

And Kanye’s TMI response:

20. The sleeping Justin Bieber selfie video:

Some internet sleuthes claim she’s a Brazilian prostitute.

21. The “Vanilla Ice taking a selfie with Insane Clown Posse” selfie.

22. Rihanna’s illegal slow loris selfie in Thailand.

After RiRi posted the photo, authorities tracked down the loris’ owners in Phuket and confiscated their two lorises.

23. The “selfie with your dying grandparent”:

Probably ill-advised.

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