The 'shmile' is the Instagram pose you're seeing everywhere

Dusty Baxter-Wright
Photo credit: Instagram/Hannah Gale + Sonny Turner

From Cosmopolitan

The 'smize' (smiling with your eyes, obviously) is as commonly known as Instagram itself, but there's a new social media pose on the block: the 'shmile'.

Coined by Daily Mail, influencers are flooding timelines with the pose, which sees them smiling at the camera with their eyes close - hence the shut-eye-smile abbreviation.

And while the pose might not exactly be new, the word is - and it's definitely a trend that is flooding Instagram feeds regardless of how long it's been around. See exhibits A, B and C (and D!):

This isn't the first pose to sweep through influencers on Instagram - first came the towel wrap pose, followed by the 'bambi' pose, and then the 'Barbie'.

"Dubbed the 'shmile' - short for shut eye smile - it's the act of lightly closing your eyes and pulling a cheeky wide-toothed grin, instantly evening out the lines around the side of your face", MailOnline wrote. "It conveys a carefree, down-to-earth air - hence its popularity."

Whatever the reason for its popularity, it looks cute.

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