You have never felt yourself like this woman having a whole damn photo shoot on the New York City subway.
Over the weekend, Jess George got on the J train in a black dress and heels, heading home from lunch with friends. Feeling herself and the “cool photo opportunity,” George positioned her phone on her handbag and posed for selfies like her life depended on it.
“I saw an empty subway car and was alone, so the self-timer had to come out! At the next stop, people got on the train but I decided to continue. It was very spontaneous,” George told HuffPost via email, before adding that the images were initially meant just as “something for me to post on Twitter for my 200 followers.”
While serving looks, George was spotted capturing all of her angles by actor and writer Ben Yahr. Yahr took a nearly one-minute video of the 23-year-old putting in work, which he says happened around 6 p.m. Saturday, and shared the clip on Twitter.
Naturally, it exploded and has more than 30,000 retweets.
Yahr told HuffPost that he “thought it was pretty incredible that someone would be so shameless and also awesome that she was feelin’ herself so hard.”
People on Twitter seemed to feel the same exact way, lauding her confidence and praising the way she “braved bacteria”:
Yahr’s viral video ended up reaching George herself, who then responded on Twitter with some of the selfies that resulted from her epic photo shoot. Oh, and George’s follower count has now skyrocketed to more than 20,000.
(Note: The photos are pretty incredible considering the lighting and conditions of an average New York City subway car. We ― and we cannot stress this enough ― must stan.)
George told us that the reaction to her selfies has “been absolutely surreal.”
“I love the positive feedback and can’t emphasize enough how greatly appreciative I am for everyone’s kind words,” she said, later adding that she’d like to also tell the public that she hopes “we can all uplift one another as many have done for me already and continue to spread kindness.”
Never stop selfie-ing on the subway, Jess.