Somewhere between the pursed duck face and the open mouthed surprised face, there lies the deliberately slack-jawed fish gaping – and apparently, everyone’s doing it. It *might* be the perfect middle in between the other two selfie trends. Duck face, which, at this point, is difficult to pull off unironically, made your kiss-y face look angry. The faux surprise selfie face wound up looking too false and posed. Fish gaping attempts to remedy that.
Here’s how you do it: tilt your chin down, suck your cheeks in just a little, look up to the camera, show just a little teeth (if any), and keep your mouth slightly open LIKE A FISH. It’s more casually sexy than aggressively pouting your lips in a duck face, and it makes you look like you just woke up smoldering. What’s not to love about that? I’ve seen some fish gape selfies look pretty adorbs, but who wants to be likened to a fish? Not cute. Understandably, this is a silly name and selfies are meant to be fun, so everyone on the Internet has been having a great time with this new trend.
It definitely reminds me of the time we all heard the Olsen twins’ secret to flawless photos (hint: it’s whispering the word “prune”). So, when in doubt with the fish gape pose, just do it up like the Olsen twins. I still can’t decide if I’ll be adopting this trend, but here’s everything you need to know about the fish gape pose as presented by the Internet – these 15 hilarious examples are awesome:
1. Here’s a handy graphic about what to do and what not to do.
Selena = yes. Sorry, Blake & Leighton.
2. To be clear, fish gape is not the same thing as fish face
3. The fish gape is also known as ‘trout pout.’
(Also, omg I hope this pose was completely accidental because I love this Instagram).
4. But, like… don’t take it too far with the trout pout.
— Bakerie (@bakeriemcr) October 16, 2015
Will my lip swell up if I go to this restaurant? Just curious.
5. It’s so popular, even statues have been caught fish gaping.
Translation: “we found thee, a little stunned, behind a castle of Seine et marne #France #seineetmarne #seineetmarne66 #sphinx #surfingsphinx #fishgape”
6. And yes, we know that it’s corny and holding your mouth open feels weird.
Ugh, make fun of girls who take selfies if you have to…
7. But don’t act like you don’t have fun practicing your fish gape to perfection.
Selfies are silly, so have fun. And don’t try to be Zendaya – she is above and beyond us mere mortals.
8. If all else fails, follow your squad.
"Duck lips are out. The new thing is fish gape" "How do you do that?" "Just copy me." pic.twitter.com/FAbVuRglPs
— Jen Fallon (@jenfallon) October 10, 2015
Even if they lead you in the wrong direction.
9. Be the fish gape they aspire to.
— James Kumar (@poeticsuicides) October 15, 2015
We all know who “Nat” is. Thanks for the explanation, tweet.
10. Fish gape: aka the only face you can make in a clay mask
Shout out to the hashtag #kendalljennerwouldnever
11. Celebrities far and wide are attempting to fish gape. Check out Kathie Lee & Hoda!
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) October 1, 2015
Also, shout out to our moms who will attempt this because Kathie Lee & Hoda tried.
12. Radio DJs are attempting with varying degrees of success.
— MKFM (@mkfm) October 7, 2015
This looks like you’re trying to cool hot food in your mouth, dude on the right, but I salute you nonetheless.
13. And if the fish gape makes you feel silly, shake it off and smile.
— Chelsey Davis (@ChelseyCBS) October 12, 2015
14. It’s basically the default expression of babies everywhere.
Bottom center. #TBT
15. You’ll get it, eventually.
Have you tried fish gaping yet? What are your thoughts on this new selfie trend? Tell us in the comments!
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