Paris Hilton is claiming she invented the selfie
Despite having faded from the spotlight, it's evident that Paris Hilton's fame lingers on in a nostalgic way. Arguably the world's first "influencer", the heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune not only made it acceptable to wear pink velour tracksuits, but also turned the Chihuahua dog into a veritable accessory. And when she wasn't busy starring in the cult television show, The Simple Life, Paris was busy bossing around the one-and-only, Kim Kardashian.
As such, whenever we think about the special time that was the Noughties, we can't help but think about Paris Hilton. I mean, we have to wonder - would flip-phones have been so popular if Paris wasn't their chief ambassador? I don't think so...
However, the so-called queen of the Noughties recently threw her title into jeopardy after making an incredibly bold claim.
While Paris Hilton is responsible for a lot of things (chiefly sartorial mistakes), no one can believe that she was responsible for the advent of the selfie. But that's exactly what the reality television star alleged yesterday. The 36-year-old took to Twitter to share a snap of her posing next to Britney Spears, and added: "11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!"
Despite those pictures being more than enough to cause anyone to spiral into a wormhole of nostalgia, Twitter was far too incensed by Paris's ludicrous statement to give the photographs a second glance. In fact, enraged internet users quickly got to work to prove Paris wrong and the result was a compilation of historical selfies which clearly demonstrate that the selfie was invented long before 2006.
The evidence dates back to other pop-culture icons, including Madonna, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra. However, honourable mentions go to Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the protagonists of Thelma & Louise.
Check them out below:
1. Bill Nye did it back in 1999
2. Thelma and Louise loved a good selfie
3. Madonna too
4. And here's Duchess Anastasia
5. Kramer was a fan of the selfie, back in 1995
6. Sabrina the Teenage Witch joined the craze one year later in 1996
7. I mean, come on Paris!
8. George Harrison was also a fan
9. In fact, all the Beatles loved a selfie...
10. And here's a young Frank Sinatra
11. Eventually the National Galleries swooped in to settle the debate once and for all:
Well, there you go Paris, although no one can deny that you were a canonical figure of the Noughties, you can't take credit for this pop culture phenomenon. Better luck next time.
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