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  • Hi everyone, my name is Sue, and I am a huge fan of everything Asian!

  • Style, food, music, movies.

  • I thought it'd be fun to make my profile like that, so I decided to find out more about

  • it.

  • One thing I really want to know is what's the big deal with the V sign in photos?

  • So guess what?

  • I found a friend from Korea to guide me through all the cool stuff.

  • Her name's Ji-yun.

  • The first thing I noticed about Ji-yun's writing is that she uses a lot of wave symbols, I

  • think they are called tildes.

  • She never just calls me 'Sue', it's always 'Sue~'.

  • She adds it to pretty much every sentence.

  • She explained to me it's supposed to make them kinder!

  • And when it's added after a name, it shows affection.

  • That's so cute~!

  • It looks like they don't just add it to sentences, but even to emoticons.

  • Speaking of those old-school smileys, they do them their own way.

  • When you're trying to read the emoticons the way they are in Europe or the US, you have

  • to turn them to the side 90 degrees.

  • Otherwise you won't see how a colon and a closing bracket are a smiley face, right?

  • In Asiayou have to look at a smiley the way it is.

  • It makes the guessing game a bit harder, but you can read them easier when you've seen

  • plenty of them.

  • The most basic one is two carets and an underscore in-between.

  • You can try playing with it and adding some extra emotions.

  • I'll use it when I make descriptions for my future photos.

  • Ji-yun told me a sure way to get many likes on a picture is to cross your thumb and index

  • finger.

  • First I didn't see what it meant, but then I realized it's the cutest thing ever – a

  • little finger heart!

  • K-pop helped finger heart take over the world.

  • They say it started with an actress Kim Hye-soo in 2010, and has been a hit ever since.

  • When Benedict Cumberbatch went on a promo tour for Doctor Strange in 2016 he tried doing

  • it to please the Korean fans.

  • It turned out to be harder than it looks like.

  • At 2018 PyeongChang, they even sold official finger heart gloves!

  • Hmmm, that makes me wonderwhat if V-sign also stands for something cute like finger

  • hearts in Asia?

  • I’m getting to it!

  • The more recent finger heart variation is the 'Chuu heart'.

  • Chuu from Korean girl group Loona started it, and everyone loved it!

  • You make a circle with both hands and then bite into it like into an imaginary hamburger.

  • Andhere comes the heart shape.

  • I can tell why it's also called a bite heart.

  • Now I have a theory about the V sign.

  • Maybe it also has to do with some celebrity that started it all?

  • There are many pictures of Winston Churchill throwing the peace sign.

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono also did it for world peace.

  • But did they really start the V-craziness in Asia?

  • I found out there are a few theories, and none of them involves Churchill or Lennon.

  • The first theory says it started in the 1960s with baseball comic Kyojin no Hoshi (Star

  • of the Giants), and manga Sain wa V!

  • (V Is the Sign).

  • They made a TV series out of the manga, and everyone started doing the “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!”

  • chant.

  • Another theory says a super popular singer in Japan from The Spiders band, Jun Inoue,

  • started it all.

  • He was in a Konica camera commercial in 1972 and threw the V in there.

  • This theory is the most wide-spread explanation of the V-sign craze in Japan.

  • I think it does make sense: in the 1980s cameras were becoming more and more popular.

  • At the same time, magazines for women and girls were another hit.

  • Everyone was buying these magazines, and everyone wanted to look askawaiias possible

  • (that means cute), just like the girls from all those glossy pages.

  • This is most likely how it spread to Eastern Asia.

  • The magazine girls made V-signs, real life girls copied them.

  • It has to do with how it changes your face.

  • But more on that later.

  • Theory number three is that it began with American figure skater Janet Lynn.

  • 18-year-old Janet was taking part in Sapporo Olympics in Japan in 1972.

  • She had a lot of fans, both her smile and her skating skills were fantastic, and she’d

  • just won five U.S. championships in a row.

  • Everyone was positive she’d win, but oh the fates, she fell doing a spin two minutes

  • into her performance.

  • It was obvious she wouldn’t win the gold.

  • But instead of making a sad or angry face Lynn was smiling like a rock star leaving

  • the ice.

  • And this is how she won a bronze medal and the hearts of thousands of Japanese people.

  • As she toured the country and signed magazines for her fans withPeace and love”, she

  • showed the V-sign quite a lot.

  • And this is how it became associated with a “don’t ever give upandyou can

  • do itway of thinking.

  • Of course, no one thinks of all that these days when they put up their index and middle

  • fingers.

  • It’s almost an instinct all around Asia.

  • I think I can relate to that – I often don’t know what to do with my hands when someone’s

  • taking a picture of me.

  • Is it just me who feels awkward this way?

  • Let me know in the comments if you also struggle or you know exactly what to do when the shutter

  • goes up?

  • Anyway, it’s not just an easy solution for your hands, but also a way to make yourself

  • look more kawaii, or cute.

  • When you do it the right way, your face looks smaller and sweeter in pictures.

  • I asked Ji-yun for insights on how to make it work, and she said the trick was to tilt

  • the fingers towards the face and tilt the face forward.

  • It looks thinner this way.

  • You can also try touching your face with your fingers or spreading them on the side of any

  • of the eyes.

  • Add a wink and a duckface at the same time, and success is guaranteed.

  • It’s pretty much like a live version of Purikura.

  • Oh, Purikura are photo machines that are crazy popular in Japan.

  • You can find them anywhere from shopping malls to landmarks and aquariums.

  • They instantly add a ton of effect to your pictures.

  • You can experiment with effects, colors, and textures.

  • At game centers, you can rent real costumes, wigs, bunny or cat ears.

  • What I personally don’t like about it is that it changes your body automatically because

  • I think youre beautiful the way you are, but well, it’s popular anyway.

  • There are tons of apps where you can do Purikura directly on your phone.

  • There are some more tips Ji-yun gave me for pictures that work in Southeast Asia.

  • As crazy as it sounds, random things make photos more fun!

  • Like, for example, a hat on a ski pole.

  • I know, I know, but it spices up boring shots.

  • Let your imagination fly, add a fun caption, and it’s a winner of the likes game.

  • If that sounds too extravagant, let the Sun be that random object that will make posing

  • easier.

  • Jump in front of it during sunset, “eatit, hold itwhatever works.

  • Sunset is always photo time in this part of the world.

  • Or, experiment with the shadows.

  • Make an elephant, a bunny, a dove, a monkey, or whatnot.

  • Oh, I almost forgot, there is another really important rule my friend told me aboutalways

  • make sure your toes point inward!

  • My guess is it’s supposed to make your legs look slimmer and more elegant.

  • Kawaii, you know.

  • Hey, if you learned something new today, then give the video a like and share it with a

  • friend!

  • And here are some other cool videos I think you'll enjoy.

  • Just click to the left or right, and stay on the Bright Side of life!

Hi everyone, my name is Sue, and I am a huge fan of everything Asian!

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