Twitter Disproves Paris Hilton’s Claim That She and Britney Spears Invented the Selfie in 2006
On Sunday, Paris Hilton announced that she and Britney Spears invented the selfie back in 2006, but it didn’t take long before Twitter users began to disprove her claim
“11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!” Hilton enthusiastically proclaimed alongside two selfies of the two starlets that served as a receipt for her boast.
However, almost immediately, Twitter users started providing some receipts of their own.
And that wasn’t the only example that got dug up of a selfie being taken pre-2006 in a movie or TV show. A Twitter user also pointed out that in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan, Madonna can be seen taking a selfie.
Receipts were also provided which claimed that Seinfeld’s Michael Richards followed suit in 1995, and that in 1996 Melissa Joan Hart from Sabrina the Teenage Witch also tried to master the art of the selfie.
But as it turns out, people have been taking selfies long before the 1980s rolled around — including George Harrison, who took a selfie in front of the Taj Mahal in 1966.
The BBC also noted that the first known recorded use of the word “selfie” appeared in 2002, when an Australian man named Nathan Hope posted a picture of his lips along with the following message: “Sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
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Of course, this isn’t the first time Hilton has shared her belief in this particularly lofty claim.
In May, during an interview with W Magazine, the Ibiza DJ also owned up to being the inventor of selfies. “If a beeper had a camera, I would have taken a selfie with it,” she said. “I think I have a selfie from when I was a little kid, like on a disposable camera.”