My Thoughts On The "Migraine Pose"

July 9, 2018



    Recently, Elle magazine posted about a trending Instagram pose for taking pictures called "migraine pose" made up by makeup artist Nam Vo. The following is directly from the article so you can get a better picture of what was said...


"We at love a weird Instagram pose, and the latest one populating on our feeds is giving everyone a headache. Well, it's making everyone deliberately look like they have a headache. And it's damn flattering. 

"Migraine Pose," coined by makeup artist Nam Vo, involves posing with one or two hands pulling your face up by your temples as if you had a, well, migraine. There's a reason it's trending: The pose tightens the face, makes your cheekbones look more prominent, and lifts the brows. It's a temporary facelift for the 'gram.

"I love it because the beauty of your hands frame the face and give it more structure. I always make my models pose this way," Vo told me, "It's also a great time to show off your manicure." #Priorities. "


    I'm not sure about the rest of you that suffer from migraine (of any kind), but nothing makes me feel less beautiful or flattering than when I am battling through the horrific pain that is migraine disease. The last thing I am thinking about when I am curled in pain, trying not to throw up and praying for the pain to end is how I will photograph, my manicure or any kind of social media. My #Priorities are surviving each migraine attack and spreading REAL migraine awareness. 


    Some people in the migraine community are bothered by this article and photo trend and some aren't - to each their own. I personally believe that it is things like this that continue to make migraine so misunderstood. If the artist that started this or the magazine people that ran with it ever experienced a real migraine (or were close to someone else that suffers from migraine), they would have NEVER done this. Nam Vo even posted an apology on Instagram that included the article and photos of her doing the pose... To me, it feels very insincere and "sorry-not-sorry." Migraine is a real disease and there are real people fighting for their health. The flippant ignorance of this "trend" has real, lasting impact on those of us that are trying to shine a light on what life with migraine is like. The biggest slap in the face is that this all was happening during migraine awareness month! I have very little respect for people that use other's pain for attention and profit.     


     Don't these pictures make me look like a sexy, tight faced, perfectly put together supermodel?! No? Let met tell you what was actually happening during this #realmigrainepose..... I am trying my very best to not vomit (this had been an on-going struggle for hours)... I feel like I am being stabbed up the back of my head and in my eye. I am dizzy and I am alone with my 1 1/2 year old. My husband can't come home from work, and I am just going to have to suffer through the day and hold on. I am counting the minutes until I can put L down for his nap, because he is non-stop energy and wants to climb all over his momma. I am praying to God for a little relief and not a light at the end of the tunnel, because that is too painful to look at. 





































Show me your real migraine pose pictures and tell me your thoughts on this "trending pose." 



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