Can we talk about the Duck Face? Specifically, can we talk about adult women making the Duck Face? Constantly.
I don’t know when the Duck Face started showing upon regularly on the social media selfie scene. If I were pressed to give an answer for its origin, I’d blame the Kardashians. But then again, I’d blame the Kardashians for a lot of my social media pet peeves.
My very limited research on the topic (as in one Google search) suggests that the Duck Face is also known as “Myspace Face” because it began showing up on that almost forgotten platform around 2003.
In case you are NEVER on social media and therefore need a definition or description, the Duck Face is the facial expression made by pressing your lips together like you are trying to mimic a duck’s bill, and in some cases, sucking in your cheeks while making a pouty/alluring look with your eyes.
Here are three more things I know without doing any additional research:
- The Duck Face looks ridiculous.
- The Duck Face looks especially ridiculous on anyone over the age of 21.
- I look 100 times more ridiculous than most when making the Duck Face in my attempts to make fun of people making the Duck Face.
According to this article, the Duck Face is most associated with teenage girls. (Shocker!) But here’s the deal: I don’t have a lot of friends on social media who are teenage girls, and I see the Duck Face. ALL THE TIME.
Grown women. Women in their 30s, 40s, 50s. Women with children. Married women. Divorced women. Single women. Smartphone-toting women making the not-so-smart Duck Face.
I see it so often, in fact, that poking fun of it has become a form of entertainment for my oldest daughter and I. We joyously screen shot the pictures when we see them, and send those screen shots to one another. (I know, petty. But it’s a mother daughter activity that has endured and you take those where you find them!)
Some of our captions:
“So and so is back at it again with her sexy duck face.” Or, “So and so is looking HOT today, time for an updated Duck Face.” Or “Duck Face in the dressing room.” Or “Duck Face at the mall.” Or “Duck Face in the bathroom mirror.” Or “Duck Face with Ray Bans.” Or “Duck Face while holding wine glass.”
I am particularly amused by the Duck Face selfies posted by women who don’t even bother to unbuckle their seat belt before snapping the picture. You know the ones I’m talking about–said grown woman climbs into her car, gets buckled in, puts on her sunglasses and checks her reflection in the rearview mirror. And then the shutter goes snap, and you can hear her thoughts, Damn! I look good today. Time for a Duck Face.
What is it about a rearview mirror that prompts a grown woman to make a Duck Face, take a selfie and post it on Facebook? I guess the rearview mirror provides a more flattering reflection than the Photo Booth app on my Macbook, which scares the shit out of me when I accidentally launch it while I’m working. Or maybe it’s the fact that at our age, we can’t always see so well (reading glasses, lighting?) and what we think looks hip is actually a photo of us not making a Duck Face, but rather of us with a face that makes us look like a duck wearing lipstick!
Another interesting — although not surprising— phenomenon is the like-mother like-daughter trend when it comes to Duck Faces. If there is a mom out there making Duck Faces, you can almost be certain her little girl is making them, too. And if you think the pose looks obnoxious on a grown woman, well, it looks equally obnoxious on an 8- 9- or 10-year-old girl. Seeing a Duck Face on a girl that age makes me queasy. It screams sexuality, and no picture of a child should scream sexuality. I’ve caught my youngest daughter making Duck Faces into her iPod camera, and I’ve demanded that she delete the picture. When she asks why, I tell her it’s not appropriate. When she asks why again, I revert to the because I said so, putting an end to that. At least until the next time.
Wikipedia suggests that the Duck Face is an attempt to appear alluring. Maybe that’s why it bothers me so much on children. It is for sure why it bothers me so much on adults. You see, I’m a little jealous.
Because no matter how hard I try, I do NOT look alluring when making the Duck Face.
I even tried putting on lipstick. No good.
Maybe my approaching fiftieth birthday has rendered me duck-faceless. Say that three times and see if you don’t end up dropping the f-bomb.
I’ll stick with a normal smile, thanks!