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He really should have known better.
Because we live in a culture of fairy tales and happily ever after, many Disney princess-obsessed little girls grow up dreaming of the moment their very own Prince Charming will propose and whisk them off into the sunset.
Yes, one could argue that the entire institution of marriage is an antiquated and patriarchal, deeply rooted in gender inequality. Sure! And furthermore, about 40 to 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce—although those statistics have been dropping as people wait longer to get married.
But for some, there’s just something inarguably magical about getting proposed to. To that point, it’s imperative that when it happens, everything goes just right—and preferably in the most photogenic way possible.
So what happens when your man (or lady!) pops the question but you’ve got some gnarly-ass, non-manicured nails? Such was the dilemma of one woman recently, but thankfully her cousin was on hand (pun intended) to help her capture the perfect bling shot.
“My cousin’s boyfriend proposed to her but she didn’t have her nails done,” wrote a woman named Jenna (@goodgaljenjen) on Twitter. Thankfully, with a freshly-manicured hand, she was able to come through for her cuz.
My cousin’s boyfriend proposed to her but she didn’t have her nails done lmao pic.twitter.com/FUwwplzkYg
— Jenna (@goodgaljenjen) November 3, 2018
Now that is a friend. And also, pretty convenient that the ring happened to fit both her and her cousin? As her tweet went viral, many others chimed in to applaud Jenna’s resourcefulness and commitment to sisterhood:
This is a real cousin! https://t.co/qoxpL2gq2Z
— Courtney Oh!Dell (@akahollyhood) November 3, 2018
Real MVP right here lol https://t.co/cPM2zF77w1
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 3, 2018
Lool dont propose to me unless you know I got my nails done that week. Dont do me like that cause you know I'll want to flaunt it https://t.co/KAIDEX5b5M
— Mona Lisa (@_shawayne_2) November 3, 2018
The realest cousin.
That second photo. 😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/uqYnAaJL4I
— Jenny Yang stands w the WGA (@jennyyangtv) November 3, 2018
wow yes the loyalty & dedication https://t.co/sI0PjqDTc4
— manhella fine (@mexicanmanuela) November 3, 2018
THIS IS FRIENDSHIP OKAY?! https://t.co/3RfKmMLP1R
— rocket juju (@juliacraven) November 3, 2018
We really have to create an award for you. https://t.co/Fupx4ooqZa
— Melanie Dione (@themelaniedione) November 3, 2018
Women really go above and beyond lol https://t.co/RdE4EyLsp3
— Mass (@sam_i_m) November 3, 2018
The type of friend I aspire to be and to have https://t.co/WeJHgmDEei
— lil_lemonade (@diamondsnoir) November 3, 2018
Suffice to say, the ring photo was better than the one she took of the flowers, as another commenter pointed out:
Hahah I tried my best!! Here is the horrible flower pic I got 😂 pic.twitter.com/gH6JwN3a0l
— Jenna (@goodgaljenjen) November 3, 2018
At least one person was decidedly unimpressed however, blaming Instagram for the downfall of humanity:
Instagram has ruined humanity part 579,601 https://t.co/FTjfsr5UUn
— Adam Singer (@AdamSinger) November 3, 2018
Ehh, whatever. With all the misery going on in the world right now, I say let them have this one tiny moment of happiness. And also, at least there were no, say, avocados or candy bars harmed in this proposal. Because that would be just silly.
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.