Do you have Resting Bitch Face? As you can see, I do.
I wondered how I would be received at the Blogher16 conference I was about to attend with thousands of strangers. It was a scenario I hadn’t experienced in over a decade since I left the corporate world. Plus, I was a brand new blogger.
Among feelings of anxiety and insecurity about spending 3 days with people I’d never met, I was concerned about my Resting Bitch Face. I thought about how most people once they get to know me say, “You are so much friendlier than I expected.”
So I decided I would try and smile as much as I could during the conference.
Did it work? YES!
By the last day of the conference, I felt so comfortable among strangers with my “Resting Smile Face” that I was able to find fellow Resting Bitch Facers to help me with this experiment.
Check out the Resting Bitch Face vs. the Resting Smile Face on these wonderful people I met!
Marla. She was my partner in crime for much of this experiment.
You can imagine her big personality, right? So fun.
Well hello, super model mom and daughter duo!
Doesn’t mom look like Heather Locklear? Daughter’s pics on Instagram will make you start your diet today.
Ta Da! Now a big teddy bear.
Can you imagine this face looking unfriendly? That’s why I label him a “Fail.”
Hi! Can I mow your lawn? Adorable!
Hello mate? I loved her Aussie accent.
What Do You Want!
She’s trying so hard to look mean.
Rachel says she gets told all the time she has RBF. What do you think?
Look how soft her eyes get when she smiles! Rachel Matos of theArtMuse.me
Well hello there.
Such a sweet face! Shout out to NYC woot! She gave me permission to use these but now I can’t find her card. She’s a runner tho. And she’s going to Europe for vaca.
Lovely stranger in hotel lobby! Lucky I had my BlogHer16 name tag or she would NOT have let me take these shots.
Adorbs. He worked so hard during the conference. Love!
Was there even a difference here? Friendly pic 1 and Friendly pic 2.
I went up to her on day 1 and asked her how old she was. Then I asked her if she would join the “midlife blogger” meet up with me.
Jeremy is single and I’d like to find him a good woman. Please send me an email if you are her.
Don’t mess with me.
I’d say he’s got the RBF down.
But see how he can break out with a smile like this?
I AM jealous of her innocent look, yes.
Can we say, Girl-Next-Door Poster Girl?
But those beautiful eyes!
Elise has no RBF cuz look at her – always cheery. But I had to add her in when this post started spreading since she was my first friend and sidekick at the conference. And she’s a Relationship and Sex Coach so you may need her services. Elise Ho of AskDrHo.com (no pun intended).
This is my friend, Ben. He has nothing to do with the conference and clearly does not have RBF. But I am trying to find him a quality woman. Do you know anyone?
And a few of our Key Note Speakers at BlogHer16
Sheryl Crow. Source: Business Insider. This was hard to find. I think Sheryl’s resting face is generally pleasant.
Source: My camera. She was a lovely and passionate speaker. God, I love her music! All I wanna do.. is have some fun… Santa Monica Boulevard…
Kim Kardashian. Source: US Magazine. The article I pulled this pic from is about RBF but I don’t really think she has one either. Her mouth curves up, not down.
Source: Huffington Post Can we say, Powerhouse? I enjoyed her keynote. She was candid and honest and her success was palpable. She has 79million followers on Twitter. Perhaps she’ll retweet me.
Source: BlogHer I find her Grok Nation Blog very thoughtful. Her keynote made me want to be her BFF. It shall never be though, because I read she hates when people use the word “bitch.” Sigh.
Then There’s #PhelpsFace
I Will ANNIHILATE Face. OMG the video, though! (It’s so funny I can’t take it!) Source: NBC
And the Ultimate…
Even Donald and Hillary can transform!
Cheers to all the Resting Bitch Facers…I’m glad I’m not alone. It’s nice to see that with a little effort, We Can Be Whatever Face We Want to Be!
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What a difference in how they look but mostly how I perceive and judge them.
Isn’t it amazing? Love the smiles once they transform.
Love these! What a difference a smile makes!
Thanks, Sarah! It was so fun to take these pics! Loved making these people laugh.
Love this and I love that you got the bouncer from last night at the Conga Room! 🙂
You recognized him! He was awesome to participate. He has one of the best examples of transformation with his smile, right?
I’m a photographer on the red carpets covering film festivals.
Our job is to capture a great image of the individuals walking the carpet, be it a director or the talent from a film.
A lot of times, we try to make the subject smile, or laugh, especially when we see RBF, but sometimes, the subject refuses, or says that they don’t smile!
All we can do in 3-5 seconds on a busy carpet!
Perfects I should be your RBF sidekick to make them laugh!
Lol…. Super cute! ??? I recognize some of these fab faces from the conference! ?
Turned into such a fun post! Glad you liked it!
This was hilarious! Loved seeing the transformations!
I was laughing putting the pics up too! So fun to see the smiles after the BF
LOVE this and your blog!
Hi Lisa! Yay I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog too! Make one of my pear martinis you will love it!
Sometimes you just need to rest your face! : ) Hope you had a nice trip.
Ahh good one. Perhaps we should close with that in the post! Love it.
So funny! People ask me all he time if i am alright, so I guess that’s my RBF. Its just my thinking look, though! Great photos!
You? Never! You can look serious but never RBF!
Oh man, you missed my Gold Standard RBF. Next time!
Were you at the Conga Room? Sorry I missed your RBF lol!
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Brilliant! I’m pretty sure you’ve given me Resting Smile Face for the rest of the night.
I didn’t realize how popular the post was going to be, Meredith! So exciting!