Michelle started the account when she began studying abroad in Vienna in the fall of 2016. She then decided to keep going with her amusing hobby and now does it in every country she visits.
However, as it turns out, the 21-year-old student has actually been chinning for years. “My chinning entertained my friends all through middle school, high school and college, at which point I decided to share my chin with the world,” she explained.
Michelle began chinning because she felt that “looking silly” in photos helped her to avoid surrendering to the pressure of “looking a certain way” on social media. The hobby has helped her to overcome the insecurity she used to feel when taking photos throughout middle and high school.
Like any true photographer, Michelle needs her trusty equipment to help her take the fun-loving snaps. She uses her iPhone and has a selfie stick allowing her to adjust the angles and really emphasize the absurdity of the pose.
“Strangers always notice me chinning,” she said. “Some appear shocked, others confused, but across the board from my experience, they are usually entertained.”
Michelle also revealed that her favorite chinning photo was taken with four flight attendants: “I never know how strangers will respond when I explain my account and ask them to take ‘chinfies’ with me, but this particular crew was so friendly and open to the idea.”
While Michelle jokingly claims that she aspires to be “chinsta-famous”, there’s no doubt that these light-hearted snaps don’t take up anywhere near as much time as the perfectly filtered photos that I used to take did. Not only do they showcase her down-to-earth personality, but they’re enough to put a smile on any Instagram user’s face when scrolling through their feed.