Yes, most of us use our profile pictures for the “How Do I Look?” or “Rate Me” sections on various websites, but you’d be surprised at what some people use for their profile pictures. Here are some tips on what not to do, so people can truly rate you at your best.
1. Blocking yourself with your phone
How are we supposed to rate you when your phone is blocking half your face? You do know that most phones now have front-facing cameras and self-timers, right? If you can’t figure out how to use those features, ask a friend to take your picture.
2. Wearing tighty whities
Unless you’re David Beckham, crop the tighty whities out of your “How Do I Look?” photo. Not only are tighty whities a bit revealing, they also tend to lose their tighty-ness after a couple of hours of wear, and you’ll end up looking like you’re walking around in a dirty diaper. Definitely not hot.
3. Forgetting to check your background
Yes, we can see the reflection in your bathroom mirror and everything else behind you. It’s hard to rate you when all we notice is your wedgie or that pile of old pizza boxes in the background. So please, pay attention or stand in front of a wall.
4. Failing to use flash
If you don’t have good lighting in your room, use flash. You know, that lightning bolt symbol on your camera. It’s impossible to rate your looks if we can’t see you. We’ll just end up rating your IQ instead.
5. Using the wrong angle
We’re not suggesting that you should know which is your good side. We’re just saying that not all angles are equal. For example, holding the camera above your head at the wrong angle can magnify your face, making you look alien-like. That’s not how you really look anyways, so is that how you want people to rate you? Play around and post a flattering photo of yourself.
6. Including your jealous boyfriend or girlfriend in the picture
He or she will end up getting rated too, whether or not that was your intention. This can be ego-boosting if you are both undeniably hot, but most likely, it won’t end well.