Have you heard? Selfie is the word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries.
Our own Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took a selfie with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Barack Obama, Beyonce, even animals (okay, with some human help) are taking selfies. That’s why The New Paper decided to crown a local Selfie King or Queen at this year's Flame Awards.
Already on the front page of their papers on Sunday (Dec 15) was a politician who has been making waves with his gym selfies.
Then there are the celebrities who have been uploading selfies from fashion shows and drama shoots online to over 80,000 followers.
Popular? No doubt. But who do you think reigns supreme on social media?
Was it politician Baey Yam Keng, he of the gym selfies? Was it actor Ian Fang, he of the act-cute selfies? Or was it Fann Wong, she of the flawless face and fashionista selfies?
Read about the three nominees in this category below:
BAEY YAM KENG
Instagram handle: baeyyamkeng
Followers: Over 5,500
Mr Baey Yam Keng, 43, may not have tens of thousands of followers on Instagram like local celebrities do.
But chances are, people know that the MP for Tampines GRC loves taking selfies, especially in the gym.
That is in no small way thanks to the bloggers and the local press (The New Paper included) who have talked about it.
Asked how he felt about being a local blogger’s “selfie crush”, he laughed.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” he said, a point he’s noted in previous interviews. “I’ve seen those comments where some people would think it’s all I do, that I’m paid $13,000 just to take selfies.”
He admitted that he now feels like he has to do “a lot more” on-the-ground work for his constituents “to prove the point that it’s not just about selfies”.
Has that ever been a concern, though? After all, a large number of his Instagram and Facebook posts are about the community events he attends, and not just gratuitous post-workout shots (hey, we’re not complaining about those!).
“To me, using social media is similar to dialogue sessions, same as walking the blocks, hawker centres, or doing house-to-house visits. It’s just a different channel,” he said.
Asked if he thought he would win the title of Selfie King, he protested: “But I’m not a celebrity!”
Instagram handle: fannaiaiwong
Followers: Over 86,000
Fann Wong is 42 years old. This is a statement of surprise and awe, feelings stemming from a survey of the selfies she posts on Instagram.
“Yeah, Instagram got filter what,” you scoff.
Well, unless the local actress has some super exclusive, for-celebrities-only filter that completely erases fine lines, eye bags, and wrinkles from extreme close-ups, we are sticking with the fact that she is honestly, still, a babe.
Her Instagram feed is a feast for the eyes — there is Wong at the front row of fashion week in Milan, her eating macarons, her in a gorgeous dress, and another one, and another one... You get the picture.
Our favourite ones, though, are her pictures and videos with actor-husband Christopher Lee, complete with cute comments and hashtags.
One, in which she forces Lee to share a first-class Singapore Airlines seat with her, is captioned: “SQ (got) couple seat!! #insist#poorhusband”. Adorable much?
All she would say to The New Paper via SMS when contacted about her nomination was that everyone deserved a title.
“Since it’s selfie queen, I should win.
“Mr Baey wins selfie king, Ian gets selfie prince lah... All winners.
“Great gift for Christmas perhaps, haha.”
Instagram handle: ian_ianization
Followers: Over 79,000
He’s got loads of celebrity mates in his photos, but it’s the ones just of him that get the most likes.
One recent one (right) got more than 10,000 likes in a day.
Shanghai-born MediaCorp actor Ian Fang could post a picture of his thumb and it would probably get the 7,000 likes his Instagram photos average.
“Everyone can do it,” said the 24-year-old. “Whether you can take a nice one (picture) is another thing.”
His selfie-specific formula seems to be either one of two things – look adorable, or look cool.
Instavideos, on the other hand, are for embarrassing co-stars or when he wants to show off skills, like juggling and soccer.
“Without Instavideo, people will not know that last time, Ian Fang was a very good soccer player,” said the heart-throb with a laugh.
He’ll definitely be showing off some of those skills in upcoming MediaCorp soccer drama World At Your Feet, which also stars Elvin Ng, Tay Ping Hui and Xu Bin.
His other favourite kind of Instagram shots – full-length ones of him in street wear – have got him requests from brands to wear their clothes.
But he is not positive about claiming the Selfie King title. Fang said of the competition: “One is an MP, one is my big sister (in MediaCorp). I don’t think I have any chance.”