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Pivotal Moments in the History of Selfies

If you thought selfies were a recent invention, think again. Way before our time and way before we had smartphones like the Vivo Y91, our ancestors have come up with various ways to capture images of themselves. Although the concept was the same, it just wasn’t called selfies.

Check out these pivotal moments in the history of selfies before it became what we know as today:

The first selfie

You can credit the very first selfie to French inventor Louis Daguerre.  In 1839, he introduced daguerreotypy, the first photographic process available to the public to the world. Daguerreotypy was a complicated process that required a lot of time and effort, unlike snapping a photo today.

One day, Robert Cornelius decided to take his own Daguerreotype. He uncovered the lens, ran into the frame and posed for several minutes. After posing, he covered the lens and the first selfie was created.

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The first mirror selfie

Cameras became more accessible in the 1900s. By that time, cameras were cheaper and processes were easier. One of the more popular camera models then was the Kodak Brownie Camera.

In 1914, thirteen-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna used her Kodak Brownie camera and snapped a picture of herself posing in front of the mirror. Her photo became one of the most famous selfies in the history of selfies before she and her family were executed by the Bolshevik secret police when she was 17.

The first outer space selfie

In 1969, history was made when humankind took the first step on the moon. American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was part of the Apollo 11 mission and both astronauts walked on the moon.

Although Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin took the first selfie in outer space. It was 1966 when he took the picture while taking a two-hour spacewalk.

The first time the world selfie appears online

By the 2000s, cameras and taking pictures were already common. But when and where did the word ‘selfie’ came from?

You can thank Australian man with the name ‘Hopey’ for nailing the term selfie. In September 2002, Hopey posted a photo of his busted lip on ABC Science online forum with the message, “Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.” It was the first documented use of the word ‘selfie’.


Times have changed since the first selfie was taken. It used to be a privilege to take photos, now it’s the norm to have smartphones and front-cameras to help us stay on top of the selfie game.

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