When it comes to the art of snapping ‘selca’ (self-taken photos of one’s face), politicians have a style of their own.
Text: Kymie Hwang and Junn Loh
Singapore has its Baey Yam Keng, Australia has its Kevin Rudd.
As smartphones and social media take over the world, more and more politicians are jumping on the ‘selfie’ bandwagon - taking self-portraits and uploading it online for all to see. It’s no wonder “selfie” has overtaken “twerk” as Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year.
Just last week, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared a selfie he took with Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, one of the few selcas PM Lee has posted of himself.
Undeniably, by giving people a glimpse of light moments in their everyday life, politicians are able to portray themselves as more approachable, perhaps even more ‘human’ - a contrary to stereotypical aloof or separate image that most people have of them.
While an amiable face is always welcomed, try a little too hard and you’ll risk netizens’ furore.
Clicking furiously on our mouse as we browse through pools of politicians’ selfies, xinmsn weighs in on the good, the bad, and the ugly!
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