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2013’s Most Mind-Blowing Selfies

The year’s scariest, sexiest, weirdest and wildest celebrity snapshots

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The concept of the selfie dates back at least as far as the first post-invention-of-the-mirror artist who thought to paint a self-portrait. But as a cultural phenomenon, self-shot portraits are rooted in the early days of MySpace, when teens with emo bangs flooded their profiles with headshots taken from just about every conceivable angle. The selfie exploded into the mainstream of pop culture in 2013 — the term, once colloquial slang, is now listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. That shift was due in no small part to celebrities embracing the medium via Instagram and Twitter, partly out of natural human vanity but also likely as a response to the uncontrolled invasion of paparazzi. So, in a banner year for the act of taking a million photos of your own face, here are the most memorable selfies. BY JORDAN SARGENT

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