Every now and again, a revolutionary social trend is born.
Selfies, planking and Tebow-ing, are just a couple of examples of trends that started with a select few, and are now completely recognizable by the rest of the population.
The most recent trend on the rise is “Chinning,” and it’s taking over the Internet for all the right reasons.
21-year-old Michelle ‘Chin-Chelle’ Liu has traveled all over Europe, taking photos that look a bit different than your average selfie.
Rather than smiling at the camera and posing with a landmark behind her, Michelle’s photos show her “chinning.”
“Chinning was born out of my insecurity from middle school. I felt the pressures of society and my peers to look a certain way and felt that I wouldn’t be able to live up to those standards. As an alternative of traditional beauty, I started chinning to allow myself to embrace my quirky side and my friends thought it was funny.”
Michelle has kept up the trend for more than seven years, and her decision to be fearlessly herself has inspired thousands in the process.
“It has been such an honor to receive messages telling me my photos inspired them to be less self-conscious about their looks or that it made their day.”
Michelle says she hopes her photos encourage others to feel free to be themselves without fearing the judgment or pressures of society.
You can join the chinning movement by sharing your own quirky selfie on Instagram and using the hashtag #chinning.