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HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014

Selfie-obsessed stars

Snigdha Ahuja , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 11, 2013
First Published: 16:23 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:05 IST(12/9/2013)

The paparazzi is not enough. Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities can’t seem to stop clicking themselves, and these slew of selfies (a photo taken of a person by him/herself typically with a smartphone) appear regularly on their social media pages.

Fashionista and actor Sonam Kapoor seems to be leading the self-obsessed gang with sneak peaks of her everyday life — right from selfies of waking up in bed sans makeup to a pilate session at the gym with her personal trainer.

Priyanka Chopra, too, is known for posting regular selfie updates. Be it her music launches across the world or portraits with her mother, PeeCee can also be called a selfie princess. Even Shah Rukh Khan has put out selfies in hotels, planes and at parks in London.

But, do fans actually like to see their mini-feed filled with these images? Natascha Shah, a 25-year old travel journalist feels it’s a show of narcissism. “I think selfies serve two purposes, one of coping with boredom, secondly, if you want to keep up with the vain world, you can’t always wait for someone else to take your picture!”

Fashion stylist Stephen Lotha finds the selfie syndrome plain annoying. “The Oxford dictionary’s approval doesn’t make it less boring to see someone’s mug shot 10 times a week!"

But, for 22-year-old student, Arjun Singh, selfies spell fun. “I adore Priyanka Chopra’s selfies because they are always gorgeous. Also, it feels like I’m travelling with her wherever she goes, because of these pictures. It’s fun.”

Fashion designer Masaba Gupta, a regular instagrammer, also believes a selfie is a fabulous insight into your life. “I love a selfie! I think it’s a great way to connect with the younger lot. It also affirms the normalness or casualness of a star,” she says.

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