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The camera catches celebrities looking their best and worst. We don't usually see the worst, but when we do, it can become news. AFP photo
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Beyonce photos from AFP
When I was looking for photos of Beyonce for my story on her half-time performance at the Superbowl, I naturally looked for photos of the superstar looking at her best. There were many.
The show was a strenuous one, however, and I did notice a few photos where her face was contorted by the hard work she was putting in.
I ignored them, but other sites did not. This bothered Beyonce's publicist, a woman named Yvette, who wrote to the popular US website Buzzfeed to remove what she considered to be the seven "worst" photos from an extensive gallery published at the Buzzfeed site.
"I am certain that you will be able to find some better photos," she emailed the Buzzfeed webmaster.
This, of course, only increased media interest in the photos and they were reproduced around the world, including on our own Bangkok Post website and, today, in the learning section as well.
"Strictly in the interest of truth and honest reporting", our reporter wrote, the Bangkok Post presents the seven "worst" photos of a fierce Beyonce, starting with this interesting grimace by the star (at the top of the page).
"You do have to admit, as the "worst of Beyonce" show continues, that she (the publicist) did have a great eye in picking the horrible views of her employer. On the other hand, though, you have to worry about a publicist who thinks that in 2013 she can make photos disappear from the internet."
Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd.
For celebrities who are constantly in the public eye, bad photos are inevitable. Believe it or not, it even happens with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra – not very often, but it does happen.
scary – frightening น่าตกใจ, น่ากลัว
naturally – in a way that you would expect แน่นอน, อย่างที่คาดไว้
strenuous – using a lot of effort, energy or strength ด้วยความมานะ บากบั่น
contorted – twisted or made twisted out of the natural or normal shape ผิดลักษณะ, บิดเบี้ยว
ignore – to intentionally not give attention to ทำเพิกเฉย
bother – to make someone feel worried or upset ทำให้รำคาญ, ทำให้วิตกกังวล
publicist – a person whose job is to make something known to the public, for example a new product, singer, actor, etc นักประชาสัมพันธ์
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
remove – to take something away เอาออกจาก
consider – to regard as; to think of as ถือว่า
extensive – great in amount; covering a large area กว้างขวาง
gallery – a collection of photos or other pictures
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
reproduce – to make a copy of a picture, piece of text, etc พิมพ์ใหม่, ทำสำเนา
strictly – in a very limited way; only เพียงแค่, อย่างแท้จริง
fierce – very strong and scary รุนแรง, ดุเดือด
grimace – making an ugly expression with your face to show pain, disgust, etc. หน้าตาบูดเบี้ยว,แหกหูแหกตา, หน้าบูดบึ้ง
admit – to agree that something is true ยอมรับ
horrible – very unpleasant สะเทือนขวัญ
employer – a person, company, or organisation that pays someone to work for them as a member of their staff นายจ้าง
celebrity – someone who is famous, especially, but not always, in the entertainment business คนมีชื่อเสียง
constantly – continuously; all the time อย่างต่อเนื่อง
in the public eye – of great interest to people in general
inevitable – unavoidable; certain to happen ซึ่งหลีกเลี่ยงไม่ได้