Give a celebrity a camera and what do they do? All sorts of things: incite a riot of Halloween costumes, encourage cultural misunderstandings, show the world their less-than-made-up sides. That beautiful molotov cocktail of fame, adoration and a smartphone camera can certainly lead to some… well, interesting results. Stars—they're not just like us. "Selife" was just named the word of the year by the Oxford Dictionaries, meaning 2013 was the Official Year of the Selfie. To mark this important, historical occasion, we combed back through our favorite celebrity Instagram accounts to pick the best celeb selfies of the year. Click through from the good (Mindy Kaling, Taylor Swift) to the not-so-safe-for-work (Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj) to the, uh, downright awesomely unflattering (Lena Dunham, James Franco).
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.