18 February, 2016
This is What's Trending Today....
Everyone needs them.
But no one likes them.
I'm talking about photos on government documents like drivers' licenses and passports.
Many people dislike those photos and complain about how bad they look. The photos measure 51 millimeters by 51 millimeters (or 2 inches by 2 inches). They have specific requirements like "a plain white background" and a "neutral facial expression."
People say it is impossible to take nice-looking passport photos.
Just look at what people write on Twitter when they get a new photo:
Earlier this month, Tash wrote: "Why are passport photos always the worst photo you've ever had of yourself?"
Another person, Alex Crumb, posted this comment to Instagram about his passport photo: "Pleased that my passport photo makes me look like a jewel thief trying desperately to get out of Belgium unnoticed."
So when people found out the rock star Prince posted his newest passport photo on Twitter, the reactions rolled in. Prince is famous for his glamorous photos on his album covers. His passport photo was just as good.
CNN said: "Prince's passport photo is pretty spectacular."
Jim Roberts of Mashable wrote: "You'll never have a passport photo like this, so give up."
Prince's photo includes his full name, which in case you did not know, is Prince Rogers Nelson.
His make-up: eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara and more, is flawless.
The lighting is perfect, too. Combined with his Afro hairstyle, it gives him an angelic, halo effect.
The overall look recalls a line from his song: "Take Me With U" from his 1984 album "Purple Rain."
To be around you is so right
You're sheer perfection...
Prince's passport photo is definitely "sheer perfection."
And that's What's Trending Today.
I'm Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.
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Words in This Story
sheer – adj. complete and total
halo – n. a circle of light that is shown in a religious painting, drawing, etc., around the head of a holy figure (such as an angel, saint, or god) — often used figuratively
angelic – adj. looking like an angel: good, kind, beautiful
flawless – adj. without any faults or blemishes
glamorous – adj. attractive
tiny – adj. very small
license – n. an official document, card, etc., that gives you permission to do, use, or have something