The Luxury Of a Pre-Instagram Adolescence

Something struck me when on Instagram last night. 

There is a bizarre trend in behaviour amongst young girls on there that I thank my lucky stars I’m a couple (few) too many years old for.

Back in my day I was lucky that the only people that my wiry pre-straightener hair was inflicted on was the people that I actually came into physical real life contact with.

We had no pressure to spend hours at a time taking selfie after selfie then filtering and airbrushing, Photoshopping waists and enlarging our eyes.


I was awkward as sin at that age but that was ok because 80% of my friends were and I only had to compare myself to the other 20% occasionally. When I saw them. In real life.

Ok…..what is this awful duck-facing all about?!

I have never seen such a mass adoption of a ridiculous face in order to ironically look more attractive.


Worse still, little girls are doing it.

Posing in this crazy way, encouraged by their mum to do this every time a camera is nearby. Since when is their smile not enough?

Are we really allowing our innocent little ones to imitate this seemingly provocative (yet equally ridiculous) face?!

I dread to see the next round of school portraits.

Then there are the ‘I’m only doing it as a joke but really I so so want to duckface’ pictures.

These images will be looked back on by future generations who will be wondering what awful infliction had affected the females of 2016?

I had a go myself to see if it really did highlight my cheekbones but instead I just looked like my mouth was a cat’s arse/tea towel holder.


The ones taken by the school age girls make me really sad. You can tell the agony that has gone into each one before publishing just to get a ‘Gorge you babe xx’ to reply with a ‘sez you xxx’.

Validation achieved.

Seriously girls, get off there before it starts to eat away at you.

Put your hair in a bun, get that lip gloss off and go play on your bike.

You have all your life to be objectified.

JD xx

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6 Comments
  • Emma White
    Posted at 09:40h, 20 July Reply

    And it ain’t just young girls either… If you could see my Instagram I have friends in their 30’s who ALL they post are their own duck faces ??? it’s like a sea of phone held high, pouting horribleness!!!!!! Although they are probably equally as bored of seeing pictures of my beautiful children as I am of their faces!!
    I have another explanation for it though Jodie….. Maybe…. No one actually has any teeth ? so this is the only way to hide the fact that, under all the make up and filtering, they have lost all their gnashers coz of poor oral hygiene and too many ‘monster’ energy drinks!!! Just a thought ? xx

  • Joan Danner
    Posted at 10:14h, 20 July Reply

    Is it yet another stupid trend acquired from America? Xxx

  • This Mum Business
    Posted at 10:29h, 20 July Reply

    It’s just bloody vile. What is more attractive than a nice smile for god sake? X

  • Jane Johnson
    Posted at 11:29h, 20 July Reply

    Well said Jodie couldn’t agree more xx

  • Louise
    Posted at 06:59h, 21 July Reply

    Love this. If we had had Instagram Jodie it would’ve tipped us way over the edge!

    • Jodie Danner
      Jodie Danner
      Posted at 07:00h, 21 July Reply

      We would have body shop- lip scuffed our face off x

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