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These Selfies Atop Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer Statue Beat All Other Selfies

Time to pack it up and go home, everybody

Your bathroom mirror selfies are about to look even sadder than usual when you see these crazy epic selfies taken from the top of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Photographer Lee Thompson managed to obtain special permission to climb to the top of the statue while in Rio covering the World Cup, he explains in a blog post on The Flash Pack. Though we doubt anyone would give him a hard time, he got a bit defensive about the whole selfie craze and offered this explanation:

To some, taking pictures of yourself is considered vain, but this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity taught me that the selfie is a powerful medium through which we can share our perspectives, inspirations and personal stories with the world at large. It’s not about funny mugshots with scenic backdrops or daredevil stunts. It’s a way to mark the moment and say, “I was here”.

Check out the video Thompson and his colleague took during the process:

 

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