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Investigating the Kylie Jenner Shirt Hold: One Editor's Deep Dive for Humanity

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I spend more time scrolling through Kylie Jenner’s Instagram feed than I should probably admit. It’s the first thing I check when I wake up, and it’s the last thing I check before bed. My husband even caught me deep diving in the middle of the night. To be fair, that only happened once, after the winds of winter storm Jonas woke me up over the weekend. (Plus, Kylie’s on West Coast time, and posts some of her biggest ‘gram gems while those of us on the East Coast are sleeping.)

I know I’m not alone in the ongoing quest to decode Kylie’s every move. I spend 3/4 of my day writing about the KarJenner family, because who am I to deny PEOPLE.com readers what they really want to know. (Even if they pretend they don’t want to know it. You know who you are.) I’m here to tell you, it’s OKAY to be KarJenner Kurious. It’s 2016. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. They’re fascinating humans. Especially Kylie.

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Now, to the point of this piece: Finding out the truth behind the Kylie Jenner Shirt Hold. I should probably start by defining what exactly the shirt hold is.

The thing is, you’ve probably already seen it without even realizing. During a recent exploration of the 18-year-old star’s feed (at which time I was also watching the
The Bachelor
), Kylie’s latest mirror selfie (catch it above) spoke to me. No, not because she’s been wearing that same puzzling Marilyn Manson tee for the past 24 hours, which I’m still baffled by. But because of the way she was lifting said tee to reveal a sliver of midriff. I immediately realized this isn’t the first time she’s held her shirt in such a manner. In fact, it seems to be on her list of ‘Best Practices for the Perfect Social Media Selfie,’ falling right under “Always dangle your hand in front of your mouth, because it’s mysterious.” (Please see here.)

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Once the shirt hold fascination took a, well, hold over me, I did what any good journalist would do: scrolled and scrolled and scrolled. Below, the photographic evidence for this story:

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Obsessed with @rad and their clothing đź’ś #radshop #ad

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straight outta bed đź‘€

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Hailz

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Now for the ‘Why?!’ of it all. Unfortunately, I don’t have an explanation from Kylizzle herself, but I have a few of my own musings on the matter. (Clearly, I’m writing a 500+ word think piece on it.)

Explanation 1: She’s Starting a Blogger Pose Revolution
Sorry, but the “leg cross”, “elbow grab” and the “over-the-shoulder glance” are out. The shirt hold is in.

Explanation 2: It’s the Kylie Version of the Tyga Head Tilt
No real explanation needed. Please reference photo.

Everybody Eat$ #RNA

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Explanation 3: She Likes Her Abs
In particular, her left oblique.

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Conclusion? Maybe I need to be admitted to Kylie Jenner anonymous, but this will be an ongoing investigative report. As always, please share your feelings below. Just remember: Be kind, and let your KarJenner Kuriosity shine in 2016.

–Brittany Talarico