Branded as the online Oxford dictionary word of 2013 with the definition “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website,” the term “selfie” is undeniably the word of today’s generation.

With so many people today having phones with good quality cameras and even those who don’t have a good one, anyone can pause for a moment, position one’s self in a beautiful slant, smile as beautifully as they can, count 1, 2, 3 and take a selfie!

From a beautiful portrait down to a wacky or a duck face, anyone loves to take a selfie, no matter how ugly or stunning there look is in front of photographic equipment.

Recently, Lee Thompson, a 31 year old British travel company owner made a name for himself in an online fight to take the most awesome selfie from the top of the iconic Cristo Redentor (Christ The Redeemer) statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Thompson spent 25 minutes climbing the 130-foot statue and had to navigate dangerous narrow steps to get to the peak.

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As an owner of a travel agency, he was able to secure special permission form the Brazilian tourism board to climb the monument through the access steps on the inside and take a look from atop the head of the statue, where he snapped his gut-wrenching selfies.

According to him, when he reached the top it took his breath away.

“The view really was incredible. It is the most fun selfie I’ve taken and one of my favorite photos,” he said.

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This iconic Brazilian statue needs repairs due to frequent lightning strikes and rain/wind erosion, but the steep and dangerous steps inside let workers reach the top.

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Thompson said that in pictures, it appears that he’s balancing on top of the statue; but his legs are actually firmly inside. He is not wearing any safety gear.

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How about you? Would you dare take a selfie on top of this statue as well?

LOVELY HAZEL M. VALDE
LNU, ABCOM INTERN