Do you ever choose a group photo for your social channels because you love the way you look in it, only to have your friend who is also in the frame message you immediately after you push publish, asking ‘why did you post that awful picture of me!? I look like I’m yawning and sneezing at the same time!’?
It happens to the best of us.
Take, for example, the family picture Kris Jenner recently posted to her Instagram account, featuring her and her three then-young daughters, Kendall, Kylie and Kim. From Kris’ perspective, this was the perfect throwback image, a sweet mother-daughter moment that somebody caught on camera.
“#us 1997 throwback….the best memories #proudmama,” the proud mom wrote on Insta.
#Adorbs, right? Well, not according to Kim.
The second oldest Kardashian sister, who can be seen leaning over the shoulder of her mamma, wearing a face full of the ’90s, has come out saying she dislikes the photo of her younger self.
“I look horrendous! I was obsessed with Drew Barrymore and her thin eyebrows”” Kim commented. “And I discovered glitter bronze shadow.”
To be fair, if you were female and over the age of 12 in the ’90s, you too probably followed Barrymore’s lead when it came to brow style. Pencil thin was in! Can’t you just imagine Kardashian watching Barrymore’s 1995 romantic teen drama Mad Love (where she sported those ultra slim brows) on VHS over and over again?
Looking back at this era is tough for a lot of people, men and women. Sure, it can be pretty amusing when it’s photos of others — remember Justin and Britney around that time!? — but when somebody dredges up that shot of you in Grade 9, trying your hardest to emulate Blossom, you may be less inclined to Like and more inclined to Report as Inappropriate.
It’s not just about the ’90s, however; most people are embarrassed by reminders of their teen years, whether they grew up in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, or even ’00s. That stage of development where you find yourself wedged between adolescence and adulthood can be extremely awkward, and few people will choose to share photographic proof they went through it, unless it’s in a self-deprecating manner.
Mothers on the other hand…it’s pretty much their job to post these memories, despite and precisely because of what their kids’ hair and eyebrows were doing.