'Migraine pose' is the latest Instagram fad... and sufferers aren't happy

2 July 2018, 16:34

Gigi Hadid

By Emma Gritt

People who suffer from the debilitating condition claim that the new 'pose' is insulting and demeans their condition.

A new fad that sees celebrities including Kendall Jenner posing like they have a migraine has enraged genuine sufferers of the condition.

The 'migraine pose' sees people pushing the skin above they eyebrow up on one side as if they have a splitting headache. 

But there is more to migraines than needing a few paracetamol. They can cause nausea and vomiting, trouble with speech, exhaustion, blurred vision and light sensitivity and even stroke-like symptoms.


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A post shared by Kendall (@kendalljenner) onMar 23, 2017 at 8:59am PDT

The fad was started by stylist Nam Vo who has since apologised. 

She told Elle Magazine: "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.

"It's also a great time to show off your manicure."

But people who suffer from the debilitating condition are outraged - and have hit back by posting photos of what having a migraine really looks like. 

Some of the pictures show them in hospital, with swollen faces or unable to open their eyes. 

One fumed: "I want to know if you were battling a disease that is invisible to others but has ruined your life how you would feel if others were mocking it?"

Another branded the fad "disease shaming", adding: "'What's next...Cancer Pose? Parkinson's Pose? Diabetes Pose? Heart Disease Pose? Lupus Pose? 

"Disease shaming millions of people whose lives have been shattered is WRONG!" 


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A post shared by Nam Vo GLOW (@namvo) onJun 24, 2018 at 10:21am PDT

Nam Vo later took to Instagram to apologise for offending thousands of people. 

She wrote: "Hi my Dewey Dumplings, my apologies. This wasn’t meant to be offensive or hurt anyone’s feelings.

"I am touched by the personal stories that you have all shared. I love all my Dumplings and want you all to be happy and healthy! Its all about the LOVE." 

However, even that got people's backs up, with one commenting: "For ANYONE to mock me or my fellow pain warriors makes me sick!"