I’ve made several Tumblrs that collected ill-considered selfies. They got around; one of them, selfiesatfunerals, made Tumblr’s “most viral” list in 2013. Friends asked, half-jokingly, when my book deal was coming—and truth be told, I was surprised nobody made me an offer. Judging by Tumblrs-turned-books like Shit Rough Drafts and Feminist Ryan Gosling, it seemed like hungry agents spent their days scouring Tumblr for their next payday.
But now Kim Kardashian has explained the deafening silence to me: Unless you’re Kim Kardashian, your book about selfies is destined to fail.
The selfie knows no geographical boundaries. Across the world, from Russia to Brazil, people love taking pictures of themselves. The rate at which they do so, however, can vary widely depending on where they live.
Time has gathered the data, crunched the numbers, and found an answer to the contest we’ve all secretly been participating in each time we upload a vanity mugshot from an oblique angle: What is the selfiest city in the world?
These days, everybody has a headshot. If you don’t know what you’re doing with your eyes, your mouth, or your jaw to make sure that yours look their best, portrait photographer Peter Hurley is here to instruct you.