2015 was undeniably the year of the selfie. While the Kardashian-Jenner sisters took enough for the rest of us, there were other epic moments captured in a single shot—usually featuring a duck face or two.
In this day and age, selfies have become a part of history—they're what we turn to when in need of remembering the highlights of the past year. And 2015’s epic selfies had it all: presidential candidates, spiders photobombing photos, body positive, and viral photos that hit headlines, creating all sorts of controversy. All things that helped blow Ellen DeGeneres' famous 2014 Oscar’s selfie out of the water.
15 Kim Kardashian’s Pregnant Naked Selfie
Pregnant or not, clothed or not—selfies have merely become an extension of Kim Kardashian. And she proved just this when she fought back against haters who were questioning whether she was pregnant or not, with a selfie of her completely nude, showing off her pregnant belly. She captioned the picture with a long paragraph hitting back at those critics.
“First they say I'm too skinny so I have to be faking it...Now they say I'm too big so I have to be faking it...SMH!" she wrote. "Some days I'm photographed before I eat & look smaller, some days I've just eaten & I look bigger. It's all a part of the process. I think you all know me well enough to know I would document the process if I got a surrogate.”
14 The Eagle Selfie
It was a moment that had to be seen to believed. Two brothers from Sudbury, Ontario, got a selfie with an unlikely creature: an eagle. They had been hiking when they stumbled upon a bald eagle, whose foot was stuck in a trap.
According to the two brothers, Neil and Michael Fletcher, they knew they had to do something right away. And they did, by rescuing the eagle from the trap, but they also knew that this was a moment that had to be captured. Michael told CBC News, “I knew this would never happen again, so before we let it go, I told my brother Michael, "We should take a picture with it. The bird had its mouth open, but he never tried to fly or bite or do anything.”
13 Fit Pregnant mom Selfie
Fit model and mom-to-be, Sarah Stage, sparked a social media controversy when she posted a picture of her pregnant belly. Sounds normal enough, but she was sporting a six-pack despite being eight and a half months pregnant. People shot back with their comments of concern towards the baby’s health, saying that the baby wouldn’t have room to grow, and that she was caring more about her fitness goals than her baby.
Despite the negative comments, Stage continued to post photos throughout her pregnancy, and she eventually gave birth to a healthy little boy.
12 Kim and Kayne's Presidential Selfie
With Kayne West infamously announcing his intent to run for presidency in 2020, there wasn’t a more fitting selfie than the one he and wife Kim Kardashian took with presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Kim captioned the epic picture with, “I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident.”
11 Wife Giving Birth Selfie
When a woman is giving birth, the last thing she wants is a camera in her face capturing the entire thing. But that’s exactly what husband, Gil Solano, did while his wife, Sarah, was mid-push during the birth of their baby girl. The photo quickly went viral for obvious reasons, with many people divided on how they felt towards it. Lots of people thought it was funny, while others believed that there was a time and place for selfies, and that clearly wasn’t one of them.
Gil posted the photo to Imgur with the caption, “My wife wanted to make sure that someone took a picture of the expression on our faces when our daughter was born today. So I took one.”
10 The Selfie-Taking Party at a Sportting Event
“But first, let me take a selfie,” must have been the words spoken by a group of Alpha Chi sisters who sat in the stands, taking selfie after selfie, at a Diamondbacks game. Eventually, the MLB announcers began to commentate what they were seeing. “Here’s the first bite of my churro; here’s the second!” the announcers mocked, along with a variety of other things, that received both criticism and praise from viewers.
The sorority sisters didn’t let the announcers’ comments ruin their fun though. They even took a selfie for the Arizona Diamondbacks’s Twitter and Snapchat page and donated the free tickets they were offered to the next game to charity.
9 Instagram Model Selfie
In an effort to squash beauty standards on social media, model Stina Sanders took the challenge to post what some may view as unflattering photographs of her on Instagram for an entire week. This included a photograph of her bleaching her moustache, a colonic for her IBS, her chipped manicure, and other selfies, all from unflattering angles and lighting.
After the week was over, Sanders said that her honest selfies made her gain tons of likes, but lose thousands of followers. She spoke to PEOPLE magazine, saying, "I thought that my followers would remain the same but I would get no likes, but the total opposite happened. I had an influx of likes, but I had a massive decrease of followers."
8 Selena’s Natural Look
We already know that Selena Gomez is a natural beauty, but with her job as a performer, her look is usually glammed up with lots of makeup, flashy outfits, and big, curly hair. So when Selena strayed from this and posted one of her most natural looking selfies, a flood of likes and positive comments came rushing in.
The famous selfie shows her sitting in a car with her hand pressed to her cheek. The photo accumulated 2.3 million likes on Instagram and was captioned with the words, “My fav sweat shirt.”
7 Taylor and her cat
It’s not just Taylor Swift who’s uber famous and photogenic—it’s her cat, Olivia Benson too. The pair are always shown in funny poses, like the meekcat one Taylor posted and that made Instagram’s most-liked photos with 2.3 million likes. Another shows Taylor in bed with Olivia on her shoulder, along with the caption, “I woke up like thissss (With a cat on me).” Cute.
6 Epic Lion Selfie
After news tragically spread of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion being killed, it was refreshing to see a selfie of a lion that wasn’t taken after a hunter had just killed one. This came in the form of the viral selfie from Kevin Richardson, the Lion Whisperer and a lion with his GoPro camera, giving the shot an interesting angle. The photo amassed over 77.6 thousand likes, with lots of people praising it for being such a cool, epic shot.
5 Body Positive Stretch Mark Selfie
There was a whole lot of #BodyLove in 2015. From Chrissy Tiegen’s selfie, in which she showed off her things and captioned it with, “stretchies say hi!” to singer Kimberly Henderson’s stretch mark selfie that went viral. The 28-year-old mom of four posted the photo of her tummy to fight back against haters and prove to people that there was no such thing as a “perfect body.” She wrote, “[Moms] freakin ROCK and in my opinion that is sexier than any 6 pack.”
4 Kendall Jenner’s Most-Liked Photo on Instagram Selfie
In 2015, the most-liked selfie on Instagram belonged to none other than Kendall Jenner. The photo of her, which surpassed over 3.3 million likes, shows her laying down on the ground in a lace gown with her hair styled into heart shapes.
Kendall threw some friendly shade to her big-sis Kim, whose photo of her kissing husband Kayne West on their wedding day in Florence, Italy, gained over 2.4 million likes. “Take that, KimYe!” Jenner posted onto Twitter when she found out that her photo had beat out Kim’s, the first social media queen.
3 Kylie’s Insane Selfies
2015 was undeniably coming up Kylie Jenner. It was her year to shine as she changed her look (several times), turned 18, released her highly successful Kylie Lip Kits, and upped her selfie game. One of her most controversial selfies was of her in a bikini with a cutout criss-cross top and bottoms, that were pulled up high to show off what some call a “thigh brow.” The photo on Instagram had 1.4 million likes.
2 Spider Photobomb Selfie
It’s hard to say whether a spider photobombing a selfie is scary, hilarious, or just plain epic. But it certainly went viral, creating quite the reaction out of two friends who were laying on a bed, snapping photographs. All of a sudden, however, one looked up to see a spider sitting there on the photo next to them. What happened next was a typical reaction, as the girl screamed and the entire ordeal was captured in a series of epic selfies.
1 Spilling a Drink While Meeting a Celebrity Selfie
Meeting a celebrity can be a nerve-wrecking experience. You might forget what you wanted to say, stumble over the words that you do manage to get out, or scream so loudly in their ears. You may even spill a drink on them like the fan in the photo above did while meeting rapper Coolio. Not only that, but her photograph documented the entire hilariously epic thing.