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kiss vs. duckface

I wanted to take the time to write about something controversial today.  Something that's been on my mind for a long time but I never had the patience to get to the bottom of it.

I'm talking about the almighty duckface.  Yes, I know, it's a huge, super important worldwide issue.  We all know what someone is talking about when the term "duckface" comes into play... or do we REALLY?

This word frustrates me because over the years the criteria for said duckface has seemed to force it to evolve into a huge category that indeed, isn't duckface at all.

I'm talking about the ever powerful KISS.  Many have confused the workings of the duckface with that of the kiss, and I'm here to set the record straight.  Why do I even care?  Because if you knew me about five years ago, you would know that a kiss was my trademarked photo op pose.  There are probably at least 200 photos of me puckering up. It has since been tarnished and tainted by the growing popularity of wannabe kissers producing only what can be recognized as the duckface.


Let the battle begin.

It's a fine line, but once you understand the differences you will be a new person, reborn into a world of acceptable facial expressions.

First of all, to get to the bottom of this issue we have to examine the inner workings of both the Kiss and the Duckface.

A kiss is an expression. It is a meaningful pose. It brings character and happiness to a photo that can be treasured for years to come.  It is cute and genuine. The kiss should come from a place of joy and be conveyed not just through the lips, but also through the eyes. A kiss should never be used as a way to simply make your lips look fuller or give you model cheekbones.  It needs to have heart. A wink and a kiss? The perfect combination.

The duckface is nothing. It is not an expression of anything but a failed attempt at a classic kiss pucker. It is a diluted way for women (and men) to somehow convey that they have modelesque features when they don't.  It is emotionless and nowhere near as awesome as a kiss.

Left: Kiss - Right: Duckface

I am someone who is all about making facial expressions. On a daily basis, my face probably transforms into about 20 different expressions conveying my mood or for speaking without words. I scrunch my face, lower my brows, and move my puckered lips to the side when I am mind boggled. I can give the best "look of death" to men ever.  I have gangsta faces (gangsta faces vs. duckfaces is a whole other topic...), "oh no!" faces, and even do my best screwy duckface impersonations.  That said, when it comes to photograph time, I love to cheese it up the best I can.  What's better... a photo full of character and kisses that bring you back to the happy feeling you had when it was shot, or a dull classic "smile for the camera" photo.  Standard smiling photos typically aren't my cup of tea.... or should I say WEREN'T my cup of tea until the duckface phenomena took over.

I can no longer flash a kiss without feeling as though someone will label it DUCKFACE. That, my friends, is no way to live. Which is why I'm taking a stand.


In the above examples, I can remember those exact moments. There was goofiness and love with friends.  There was no "trying to look hot for the camera" with a failed attempt at a model face. Real kiss photos are quick and capture a mere second of life... and that, is why they trump duckface any day.

p.s. If you can't make a classic kiss pucker, please stop trying, you're ruining it for the rest of us.

52 comments:

  1. i can't agree more. i KNEW they're different at some point! thank you for this, might share it with my friends xx

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  2. Kiss face FTW. Thanks for the controversial post this morning. ;-)

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  3. thank you so much for tackling this weighty issues. others may not have been so brave! m'wah! (that was done with a kiss, not a duckface by the way)

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  4. @Pamela Bates of Mercantile Muse

    I figured it was my public duty to stand up for all of the kissers out there!!

    ;) xo

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  5. Lmao I love the picture of the duckface and the "sorry whoever you are"

    awesome post :) haha

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  6. I can't personally do the duckface. I have tried and if you want to see the duckface, observe facebook, its on every over tanned, bleached blond haired girl. My duckface ends up looking like fartface. So I say, is the kissface all the way!

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  7. Hahaha you are so right!

    Sarah // SillyGrrl.com

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  8. I agree 100%!! Have you seen this website? http://antiduckface.com/ I think you'll enjoy a laugh or two :)

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  9. Sooooo funny! You know who does the most annoying duck face on every single picture they take? The Olsen twins....gahhhhhh so annoying

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  10. @Kristen @ Confessions of a GDS

    haha yes! but i hate when i see a kiss face jumbled in there ;(

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  11. Hahaha! I wonder if the duckface was born out of people unable to properly pucker their lips for the kissface because they had too much botox.

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  12. Oh my gah! Is that the singer from Rooney??? Made my day!!!

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  13. Thank you! One of my favorite pictures of my girls from my wedding I'm throwing a kiss at the camera. It is NOT duckface, it's "we're a bunch of girls having fun together before I walk down the aisle"!

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  14. Haha my bad! I still have their first album!

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  15. Hahaha this post made my day. Thank you for taking a stand! ;)

    xx Jessica
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  16. HAHAHAHA... I just laughed for a solid minute. You tell those duckface beezies WHAT'S UP. I truly appreciate this because I HATE the duckface pose. To be frank, I think it is the gayest looking thing in the world and I want to backhand the people doing it every time I see it. Loving the "sorry whoever you are girl". Haha, I'm still laughing. GREAT post.

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  17. I love this. A friend of mine said it looked like I made a duck face when I smile without teeth. I was totally offended. I would never make a duck face! I showed pictures to at least 5 people to people to prove him wrong.

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  18. I think a lot of chicks use the kiss as an excuse to really just make a duck face :*

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  19. ahahah YES to this post. I hate the stupid duck face.

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  20. this was actually pretty interesting for me. Hahahaha I never realized this controversy was going on. duck-face is definitely NOT kissy face. you are so right.

    -KAT -

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  21. Haha such a great post... you should do a tutorial because now I am paranoid that I am duckfacing it.

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  22. dana! have you ever visited this site?? http://antiduckface.com/

    i'm so obsessed with knowing the meaning behind duckface and why girls do it lol

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  23. wait, what?! you're friends with tyson ritter?!?!
    xo TJ

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  24. this is such a funny AND serious issue. I get incredibly sick of all the little girls and boys that post pictures with that face and think it's a 'sexy pose' ehhh, not quite.

    I'm so glad you took the time to clarify for those that may have been confused. I agree entirely with everything you said.

    -Katie

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  25. Is it creepy that i love your pics? I feel stalker like. Haha, this post is aewsome!

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  26. Kisses are so much different! Kisses are cute and happy while duckfaces make people look snobby and yuck.

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  27. This is a freaken hilarious post! Yes... def agree with your arguments! Might I also add the "asian" duck face is considered to be super cute and a lot more popular than the Kiss Face. HAHAHA

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  28. haha! You brought a smile to my otherwise boring day :) Since I fail at doing kisses on camera and think they should be left to those select few that can pull it off, I'm all for eliminating duckfaces!

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  29. yes! you just made my day! I laughed while I read this entire post. Thank you for taking a strong stance on this very important issue!

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  30. Aaaahahahaha!!! This totally cracked me up Dana!!! I def know some people who are guilty of consistently utilizing the duckface...

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  31. Thank you thank you thank you! My friends like to do duckface as a joke, so I'm glad to see others find it as ridiculous as we do!

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  32. This is probably one of the best posts ever!!

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  33. I can't agree more! "duck face" is totally different then "kissing face". kisses are sweet. duck faces aren't

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  34. You made some valid points on the duckface topic however a duckface is a duckface. Even if you are doing a kiss face it looks like a duckface. So it has been ruined for everyone. No more kissfaces because they all look like duck faces to guys. Nice blog though.

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  35. @ppotacco

    no no no!
    you totally missed the point here then. yes, a duckface IS A duckface. NOT a kiss face. They look completely different unless you're doing a kiss face wrong, in which case, you are banned from doing them.

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  36. @dana @ wonder forest

    Well to be honest you know what you are doing. In all of your pictures I can tell when you are doing a kissface and a duckface so your right. But most people dont know what they are doing so they all come out looking like duckfaces. Your also hot so that helps too. And you are from Canada and not the states. We are dumb down here. Luv the blog too!!

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  37. ahahahahahaha - this is so funny!!! and i agree - kisses are alright - duckfaces... meh. not so much! yours are definitely kissy lips!

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  38. This is awesome and hilarious! Good point, Dana, and thank you for the clarification on behalf of kissy and duck faces everywhere. :)

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  39. Thank you! I was having a debate about this earlier, because my boyfriend seems to believe that there is no difference between the kiss and duck-face. I have since passed this along to him, because you have communicated your (and my) point better than I could at the time.

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  40. Duck looks like kiss with dead eyes.

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  41. Brilliant work. Just used this to support a facebook argument.

    Bless.
    x

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  42. hahah I think of duck face as some girl who thinks she has this gangsta attitude and kiss face as someone having fun :)

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