Examples of duck lips
Examples of duck lips
Where does duck lips come from?
Way back in the day before social media, duck lips or duck face was used to describe people whose lips usually looked like a duck’s, which isn’t very nice…ducks don’t even have lips.
By at least 1989, duck face was used by scientists studying chimpanzees to describe the expression they make doing certain kinds of behavior like grooming. To be fair, actresses like Marilyn Monroe had been making this face for decades to make their lips look bigger—although it was more likely to be described as a “kissy face” pre-1989.
Some sources claim the trend of making duck lips in selfies began in Japan around 1998, where it is known as ahiru-guchi (アヒル口, “duck mouth”). Others claim the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral is to credit for the start of the trend, as Hugh Grant’s pouty girlfriend is nicknamed “Duckface”.
Regardless of their exact origin, duck lips became the look of choice for teens on MySpace (earning the look the nickname “MySpace Face”) and later Facebook, often as paired with a peace sign hand gesture. The first Urban Dictionary entry for duck face was posted in 2006. In March 2007, a picture of a girl making a duck lips was uploaded to DeviantArt by the user Hauntash entitled “The Duckface”—and the meme took off from there.
By 2009, an anti-duck lips movement was going strong , inspiring an AntiDuckFace blog. A 2011 New York Times article noted: “The duckface has become so prevalent in this age of perpetual smartphone snapshots that the look is now the target of a growing and vehement backlash.”
Who uses duck lips?
Peak duck lips was 2012, but that doesn’t mean it’s a dead meme.
The duck lips look itself remains a go-to for men and women alike in photographs. It has the advantage of pulling in your cheeks to make your cheekbones stand out while also making your lips look bigger—perfect for cute selfies, in theory.
Back at it again w/the duck lips 👄 pic.twitter.com/4JyjY9oFMe
— Yvonne🍂 (@briana_bailey64) July 15, 2018
It also has a wry feel to it—some suggest to cover up insecurity. It can also convey cuteness, sexiness, and friendliness.
Of course, haters gonna hate. The anti-duck lips backlash is still going strong on forums like Reddit. Lots of internet memes satirize the way that women use duck lips in pictures to look cute. Criticisms of duck lips are often sexist or ageist.
Some psychologists have gone so far as to claim that posting selfies with duck lips is a sign of neuroticism.
While some women, like Kylie Jenner, have gone so far as to get lip filler, making it look like they have permanent duck lips.
2013 saw some avian-selfie competition in the sparrow face, involving slightly parted lips.