12 candid snapshots that prove Tina Louise was the original queen of the selfie
Ginger would have dominated Instagram in the Sixties.
Image: The Everett Collection
The Oxford English Dictionary named "selfie" the word of the year in 2013. Though the term "selfie" may be relatively new, the concept itself is not. After all, who could forget the first time you held a Polaroid Instamatic in your hands? The first instinct was always to hold the camera at arm's length, pointed right back at your face. We were doing that back in the 1970s.
Besides, the definition of "selfie" now has a broader meaning. It has come to mean any posed photograph of yourself intended to show off your style, beauty, lifestyle, vibe, etc.
Thinking in those terms, it struck us that Tina Louise, the vampy singer who became an idol playing Ginger on Gilligan's Island, was brilliant at these type of pics. If Instagram had been around in the Sixties, Louise would have garnered millions of followers.
As today is National Selfie Day, let's honor this pioneer.
Curls and the Surf
Just another day at the office for the "movie star" of Gilligan's Island.
Vamping It Up
Showing off your famous friends is a sure way to get likes.
Back to Nature
She sure knew how to use the scenery.
Showing off your natural beauty is pure selfie fodder.
Everyone loves a call back to an earlier era.
It's all about showing off your summer vibes.
She was even taking pictures of her meals long before smartphones.
Wax and Chill
A pregnant Louise meditates with a candle in the mid-'70s. Showing off your lifestyle is so Insta.
It's all about giving good face.
Lady in Red
We can't tell is she's celebrating Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day… or all of the above.
Tossing It Back
Everyone loves a good hair flip.