Selfies are pretty much a cultural staple these days. It’s perfectly normal to see hundreds of selfies in a day. People take pictures of themselves when they’re hanging out with friends or finishing up an intense workout. There are also selfies associated with cooking and eating meals, selfies with one’s children or family members, and selfies that showcase a certain facial expression followed by a funny or thought-provoking caption.
Celebrities have taken to selfies as a form of promotion and public relations as well. A number of famous actors, singers and producers have social media accounts, where many of their selfies are posted on a regular basis. The borage of pictures helps fans keep up with their favorite celebs, and makes the celebrity appear more relatable.
Of course, there are also selfies that are taken purely for attention and to get people talking. When celebrities use this method, it usually works. However, some of the pictures can be pretty embarrassing, which gets people talking, but not in a good way. It’s been said that when you’re famous, all press is good press, so perhaps that’s why these celebrities have still enjoyed success after taking these less-than-flattering photos. Here are 10 of the most embarrassing celeb selfies around.
10. Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon took a selfie in front of his trailer looking much larger than usual. Maybe this weight gain is aided by cosmetics and is in preparation for a new movie role. Or, maybe it could be an indication that Kyra Sedgwick’s husband has gained a considerable amount of weight over the years. Bacon has been traveling and making music with his family band the Bacon Brothers, but hasn’t been on the big screen very much lately, so maybe he’s gotten a little too…comfortable. For a man who used to be quite the movie and television heartthrob, this is embarrassing to say the least.
9. Adrianne Curry
Adrianne Curry, who was the first winner of America’s Next Top Model, isn’t shy about being hungry for the spotlight. Her selfies often show her nearly naked and holding her mouth in a seductive pout. She was once married to Christopher Knight, who is known for his role as Peter Brady on the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch. Curry also appeared in Playboy, and has modeled for brands like Ed Hardy, Von Dutch and Lucky. Adrianne Curry also appeared on an episode of Celebrity Family Feud and in the movie Dirt with Courteney Cox. Curry is also a real-life superhero. During the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, Curry, who was dressed as Catwoman, reportedly protected a friend who was being sexually assaulted.
8. Hilary Duff
To be honest, we really haven’t seen too many pictures of Hilary Duff looking anything other than fabulous. However, there was one picture that she took with her son Luca, in which Luca didn’t seem very happy. Duff was planting a kiss on his cheek, and the baby looked like he wanted to turn away in disgust. Pretty embarrassing, considering that Duff was obviously trying to share a sweet moment with her little one. However, Hilary still looks great in the photo, and isn’t even wearing makeup. Duff is perhaps best known for her role on the hit Disney show Lizzie McGuire, and currently stars on the TV Land show Younger.
7. Nicki Minaj
So, it’s not a secret that Nicki Minaj likes to take zany and eye-catching selfies for the purpose of getting the public’s attention. However, she tends to push the envelope from time to time, and wear star-shaped, leopard-print pasties on her breasts. This can be bold or embarrassing, depending on how you look at it. The unassuming look on Nicki’s face in the selfie indicates that she’s trying to be provocative and innocent at the same time. These days, Minaj’s look is a little more understated, which could mean her days of adding shock value to her celebrity may be over, for now.
6. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is known for taking selfies, and even has a new coffee table book filled with some of her best pictures. Kim Kardashian also takes countless selfies of her backside and its progress over the years. However, there are a few selfies that Kardashian probably wishes no one ever saw, like the one where she has huge tan lines on her face. Obviously, she’d been wearing large sunglasses outside for a few hours. There are red and tan marks on her arms and chest as well. Perhaps the sex symbol, businesswoman and reality TV star was trying to show people that she’s not perfect all the time. Or, maybe she’s just obsessed with selfies.
5. Cheryl Cole
We don’t know which is more embarrassing, the fact that Cheryl Cole took a selfie of her large rose tattoo, or the fact that her tattoo is on her back and all over her glutes, and would be quite difficult to remove. The body art has been named among the worst celebrity tattoos. Cole has a few other tattoos, but this body art obviously stands out. The composer, singer, model and actress is known for her time in the group Girls Aloud, and has been on the cover of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue and Elle. She was also married to Ashley Cole, who is a footballer from England, and is now married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. Cole also served as a mentor on the talent competition X Factor.
4. Tom Hanks
The veteran actor, who is known for films like Philadelphia, Apollo 13 and Forrest Gump, as well as more recent works like Captain Philips, doesn’t take selfies often. That’s probably best, since Tom Hanks took one particular selfie with no shirt, showing off his dire need for a tan. Perhaps his family, which includes fellow actors Rita Wilson (wife) and Colin Hanks (son) didn’t approve the picture before it went public. The director and producer, was, however, wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, which made the picture just a little less awkward. Hanks is also a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, and was the narrator for the video The Road We’ve Traveled, which was created by Obama For America.
3. Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson was once well known for her marriage to singer and host Nick Lachey, but has since been romantically linked to John Mayer and her current husband and former athlete Eric Johnson. Jessica Simpson often comes across as approachable, even though she’s stunningly beautiful and filthy rich. Perhaps she was trying to maintain that perception by posting a selfie of her wearing a beauty mask on social media. The mask makes her look like some sort of sea creature, but her half smile indicates that she’s just having a little fun. After all, she deserves to celebrate a little after losing a considerable amount of weight post-pregnancies.
2. Amanda Bynes
The former Nickelodeon actress has taken a number of embarrassing selfies in the past couple of years. Perhaps one of the most cringe-worthy is the selfie of her sporting very disheveled blonde hair. She’s also winking and showing off her heavily lined lips, which may or may not have been enhanced. It has been suspected for years that Bynes is dealing with some serious drug issues, and has been admitted to rehab by her parents. She has also been charged with damaging public property, and has taken to Twitter to share her very strange opinions about certain celebrities. Bynes also starred in the sitcom What I Like About You, with actress Jennie Garth.
1. Conan O’Brien and Ricky Gervais
Both Gervais and O’Brien are both silly enough to create embarrassing selfies on their own. Of course, neither of them probably deem the selfie of the two of them in a bubble bath embarrassing. Perhaps they will later. Both men have strange looks on their faces, which could indicate they’re uncomfortable, but willing to endure the “bath” for a good laugh. Conan O’Brien and Ricky Gervais have also made great names for themselves in film and television; O’Brien has his own talk show that has been on the air for years, and Gervais is an accomplished film actor and awards show host.