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The chill teen genius of Instagram’s @selfie account



Feliks Garcia

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 13, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:13 am CDT

The best way to present yourself on the Internet is with a selfie. Whether you want to reflect your actual identity or craft an idealized image, a well-executed self-portrait can send the world whatever message you please. 

And there’s no better home for selfies than Instagram, the photo-sharing social media app that has prompted the biggest explosion in visual self-representation since MySpace. One user has such a solid command of the art form that his handle could only be: @selfie.

But when you pull back these layers, Hunter is a down-to-earth teen with very little mystery to him, and @selfie works as a small window onto the a young man who is living his best Internet life—one that puts no weight on what other people think while projecting a positive self-image. And when it comes down to it, Hunter may have things figured out.

At the end of the interview, Hunter left two words of wisdom that many an Internet commenter would do well to heed: “Stay chill.” 

Photo via @selfie/Instagram | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Jan 13, 2016, 10:00 am CST