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Snapchat Strikes Against Good Taste With 3 International Women’s Day Lenses

Jake Swearingen
Turn yourself into Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, or Marie Curie through the power of selfie filters.

Snapchat is celebrating International Women’s Day the only way it knows how: special selfie filters. Users will be able to use filters portraying artist Frida Kahlo, civil-rights activist Rosa Parks, and groundbreaking scientist Marie Curie.

Eager to prove that I am a male ally, I quickly tried them out. Here I am as Frida Kahlo, who’s ability to synthesize classical and indigenous art styles into stunning self-portraits made her an international celebrity. I gotta say, her look really suits me.

And here I am as Marie Curie, who established our modern understanding of radioactivity, discovered two elements, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (she ended up winning two), and apparently favored very smokey eye makeup and heavy eye shadow — instead of, say, laboratory googles. This filter is fun because it has two modes. In the first, I am simply Marie Curie in her lab full of beakers.

But if I open my mouth while using the filter, all those chemicals go boom! I guess even one of the most decorated and important scientists in history can still have a lab accident!

Finally, there is a filter that allows me to become civil-rights icon Rosa Parks. If raise my eyebrows, a text bubble pops up with the famous Rosa Parks quote, “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” But, uh, I did not feel supercomfy about taking a picture of myself in digital blackface, so you’ll just have try it out for yourself.

The filters will available for the next 24 hours. Enjoy!

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