Is "The Olympia" the New Duck Face?
At this year's LACMA Art+Film Gala, actress Hari Nef proves that Édouard Manet's early Impressionist painting may be changing the selfie game.
Olympia, 1863, by Edouard Manet (1832-1883). Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images
This weekend, a bevy of fashion's favorite swans flocked to the West Coast for LACMA's annual Art + Film gala. As any cursory hashtag search would corroborate, it was a sight to be behold: Petra Collins in custom Gucci, Mark Bradford fawning over George Lucas, Brad Pitt finally laughing again (*important*), and perhaps most directly applicable to this editor's social media-heavy existence: Hari Nef debuting another stunning selfie en repose.
The 25-year-old model and actress is known to slay a self portrait, but this particular pose not only bore a striking resemblance to her iconic #HN25 birthday post, but to that famed oil-painted diva, "Olympia," who pioneered the art of serving face c. 1863.
With the same steely seductive glare, insouciant smize, and definitively EXTRA recline, one couldn't help but ask: Is "The Olympia" the go-to Insta-pose the art world has been waiting for?