Sellotape Selfies! Twitter Has Tape All Over Its Face

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Sellotape selfies, or “sellofies,” have taken over Twitter — and if you couldn’t think of anything but The State, you’re probably seriously old.

Everyone is saying the #sellofies Sellotape selfie trend — in which users take pics with tape all over their faces — is weird, but it was totally just a redux of this skit from mumblety years ago:

So what is a sellotapefie?

It looks sort of like this:

Or this:

Or this:

All together now:

The terminology is decidedly UK-centric, as the product is one you’d recognize in the US as “scotch tape” or “sticky tape” or just plain tape. Sellotape is the most common brand of this form of adhesive in the UK, hence the catchy portmanteau that doesn’t translate.

But if you’re old enough to remember MTV’s greatest sketch show, you know Sellotape selfies (or sellotapfies) pre-date the internet, and were something that everyone was doing back in 1992. Luckily, selfies were a lot harder to make back then, and no proof exists of most of these unflattering teenage shenanigans.

Kim LaCapria

Kim LaCapria is a social media enthusiast, long-time writer and beauty and lifestyle industry expert. She covers a wide range of social media topics, with a particular interest in style-related apps and services. When not working, Kim can be found on Facebook and Pinterest, skating, and sneaking off to Spa Castle.


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