Teenagers, man. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, they go and come up with a thing like fingermouthing.
Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as obscene as it sounds. It’s just the newest hot selfie trend, replacing the duckface, the fish gape, the sparrow face, and the T-rex hands. (We told you teenagers move fast.)
The term “fingermouthing” was coined by Buzzfeed’s Kate Notopoulos, who wrote:
A beautiful young woman posts a selfie with a specific pose: her fingers dangled in front of her mouth languidly. The fingers in front of the mouth would seem careless, like she wasn’t caught off guard for the photo before she had a chance to move her hand, but the oft-repeated nature of this trope indicates it’s actually extremely calculated.
Notopoulos speculates that Kylie Jenner, of plumped-up lip fame, was one of the first to become notable with the finger-mouth pose (but it was probably lifted from somewhere else, let’s just be real). Jenner actually explained why she adopted the pose in an interview with Elle last year — as it turns out, it was mostly due to vanity: “I was so insecure about my lips. Even now I always post photos where my finger is always in front of my mouth…it’s a habit. I would always cover my lips.”