When a Magazine Adds to the Stigma of an Illness

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Alerted by a post from migraine advocate Kerrie Smyres about the so-called “migraine pose” (as called by an Elle magazine makeup artist), I just messaged the following to their Facebook page:

“Re: “migraine pose”

Thanks for adding to the stigma and appearing to almost make fun of a horribly painful and debilitating condition.

“The story behind the “migraine pose”: “We at ELLE.com 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.’” https://www.elle.com/…/what-is-migraine-pose-instagram/

What follows are photos of true migraine poses, from someone living with chronic daily migraine.”

Link to Kerrie’s post calling on those with migraine to post photos of themselves during a migraine attack with the hashtag #truemigrainepose to call out ELLE magazine: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156463229200789&id=601600788

Link to ELLE’S Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ellemagazine/

Let’s not let this go. Migraine is a terrible and debilitating disease affecting millions, and is extremely stigmatized as it is.

Migraine pose, my arse. ELLE magazine you have some education and following up to do.

Be well, or as well as you can.

– Selena