Duck face

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A woman making a duck face pose

Duck face or duck lips is a photographic pose common on profile pictures in social networks. Lips are pressed together as in a pout and often with simultaneously sucked in cheeks. The pose is most often seen as an attempt to appear alluring,[1] but it can be ironic[2] or an attempt to hide self-conscious embarrassment.[3]


Fashion models frequently use exaggerated pouts,[1] and self-portraits with a pouty face go back to Rembrandt.[4] In the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, one of the lead characters, Henrietta, played by Anna Chancellor, is nicknamed Duckface for her pouty expressions.[1] Ben Stiller mocked models' pouty expressions in 1996 comedy sketches and the 2001 feature film Zoolander. The silly expressions made by his narcissistic character have retroactively been identified as an example of duck face.[5] As social networks became popular, young women frequently made exaggeratedly pouty expressions. This became a major fad by the 2010s,[6] provoking a strong negative reaction among some viewers.[1] added "duck face" as a new word in 2014 to their list of current and modern words, but it has not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.[7][8]

In an animal communication studies of capuchin monkeys, the "duck face" term has been used synonymously with "protruded lip face", which females exhibit in the proceptive phase before mating.[9][10]

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  1. ^ a b c d Miller, Sarah (25 May 2011). "Duck Hunting on the Internet". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Pappano, Laura (31 July 2015). "The Scholarship in Selfies". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  3. ^ Murphy, Kate (8 August 2015). "What Selfie Sticks Really Tell Us About Ourselves". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  4. ^ Mervosh, Sarah (11 July 2019). "It's Easy to Hate Selfies. But Can They Also Be a Force for Good?". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  5. ^ Kring-Schreifels, Jake (29 September 2021). "How 'Blue Steel' Predicted Selfie Culture". GQ. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  6. ^ Fisher-Quann, Rayne (4 May 2022). "The cult of the dissociative pout". Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  7. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (3 December 2014). "Oxford Dictionaries Adds 'Duck Face,' 'Man Crush' and 'Lolcat'". Time.
  8. ^ "Lolcat and duck face new words in Oxford Dictionaries online". BBC. 4 December 2014.
  9. ^ Fragaszy, Dorothy M.; Visalberghi, Elisabetta; Fedigan, Linda M. (21 June 2004). The Complete Capuchin: The Biology of the Genus Cebus. Cambridge University Press. pp. 203–204, 233. ISBN 978-0-521-66768-5.
  10. ^ Manson, J. H.; Perry, S.; Parish, A. R. (October 1997). "Nonconceptive sexual behavior in bonobos and capuchins". International Journal of Primatology. 18 (5): 767–786. doi:10.1023/A:1026395829818. S2CID 3032455.