Just a few years ago, selfies were mocked as a navel-gazing art form embraced solely by millennial narcissists. But today, selfies are the de rigueur social media medium, offering us a personal glimpse into the political arena, the human side of celebrity, and the world at large.
Below, the funniest, controversial, and most important selfies of 2016.
8. The trans woman who posted a selfie in the women’s bathroom to challenge North Carolina’s “bathroom law.”
Sarah McBride’s caption (read more about this story here!):
Here I am using a women’s restroom in North Carolina that I’m technically barred from being in.
They say I’m a pervert.
They say I’m a man dressed as a woman.
They say I’m a threat to their children.
They say I’m confused.
They say I’m dangerous.
And they say accepting me as the person I have fought my life to be seen as reflects the downfall of a once great nation.
I’m just a person. We are all just people. Trying to pee in peace. Trying to live our lives as fully and authentically as possible. Barring me from this restroom doesn’t help anyone. And allowing me to continue to use this bathroom – just without fear of discrimination and harassment – doesn’t hurt anyone.
Stop this. We are good people. #repealhb2
15. Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose’s February selfie.
If you don’t recall: Kanye West had just dragged Wiz Khalifa on Twitter and then also came for their mutual ex, Amber. Amber then responded with a now-infamous tweet that changed the way we look at hand emojis forever. Days later, Kim and Amber posted this legendary photo with the caption, “Tea anyone?”