It’s the biggest Instagram trend since #nofilter, prompting products and launching (unsuccessful) TV shows. But not everyone can get behind selfies. Prince Harry is just the latest to speak out against them, but he’s joining a number of other stars who view the practice as privacy-infringing, narcissistic or just plain confusing.
In the news that crushed our dreams of scoring a #nofilter photo op with a prince, Harry admitted he hates selfies while chatting with well-wishers during his Australian royal tour. “Seriously, you need to get out of it,” he told his teenage admirers. “I know you’re young, but selfies are bad.”
Harry’s not the only royal who isn’t a selfie fan: Proving that the Queen is just like your grandma, Britain’s monarch told U.S. ambassador Matthew Barzun that it feels “strange” to see cell phones aimed in her direction and that she misses “eye contact.” Despite this, she’s been caught in a number of selfies (including a few photobombs of her own!).
There are few comedy fans who wouldn’t kill for a pic with the famed funnywoman. But don’t get your hopes up: Poehler told Paper magazine that “the amount of Instagram selfies is out-of-control.” As a celeb who values some solitude every once in a while, she says she can’t get behind the in-your-face nature of selfies. “The idea of, ‘This is my face and everyone needs to see it all the time,’ is so far from the privacy that people used to seek.”
In the fashion world, what Lagerfeld says, goes. So when Lagerfeld declared he hates selfies – more than anything else in the world, in fact – we braced ourselves for a significantly less exciting Instagram feed. We’re pleased to note his opinion hasn’t stopped the sartorial set from embracing the trend, nor has it stopped Kris Jenner from snapping a selfie with King Karl.
The blonde bombshell isn’t one to shy away from the camera – especially if fans are clamoring for selfies. And although Huntington-Whiteley admitted she’s not a fan of posting selfies, since “people love them,” she’s still willing to slap a smile on her face. That’s it, Rosie: Do it for the fans.
Aniston said she “doesn’t understand” selfies and doesn’t want to add to the astronomically sized inventory of Aniston photos on the web, either. But, lucky for us, that didn’t stop her from jumping into a snap with Jennifer Lopez at this year’s Academy Awards.
She’s reigned over Vogue for nearly 27 years, and in that time, Wintour has become one of the most recognizable figures in fashion. However, even if you happen to get close enough to her infamous blonde bob to snap a selfie, don’t get your Instagram following’s hopes up. When a Vogue videographer asked the editor 73 questions in a video for the magazine’s website, she told him that she’s “never taken a selfie, and doesn’t plan to start now.” However, her Fashion Week selfie with actress Hailee Steinfeld shows she didn’t stick to that resolve.
Selfies most frequently pop up on Instagram feeds, but Jones took to Twitter to denounce the photo form. In particular, she was calling out skimpy celeb shots, but the takeaway is still the same: Jones does not like selfies.
Don’t expect the A-list actress to pop into the next Oscar selfie. When she was asked about her front-facing camera on the Empire Awards red carpet back in 2014, viewers got an earful. She called them “taking narcism to the extreme” and said she “wouldn’t dream of taking a selfie – with anyone.”