Category: Celebrity Body Language

Body Language Of Olympic Figure Skater Ashley Wagner

Body Language Of Olympic Figure Skater Ashley Wagner – A Facial Expression Of Olympic Proportions.
Christopher Philip

Ashley Wagner Photo Body Language Facial Expression

U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner has made quite the impression over the 2014 Olympics in Sochi Russia with her very dramatic facial expressions.  At the time, Japan’s Mao Asada was leading with the highest score thus far despite the fact that she had fallen during her routine.  As the disappointing scores were revealed to Wagner, she couldn’t hold back her emotions.

Wagner’s eyes and face tell the honest story of her underlying emotions.  Most athletes, and people for that matter, burry their emotions, especially when they deal with defeat.  While intense emotions of grief and the exhilaration of success leak out as a matter of intensity, the more minor expressions of annoyance, especially surrounding the subjective decisions of judges, are usually kept with a tight lip.

However, this photograph of Wagner is unmistakably honest; she isn’t pleased!  It was captured as she viewed her scores for her short figure skating program.  Most evident is her displays of the flexation of the grief muscles, it’s the muscle located in between the eyebrows and universally signals anger and discomfort.  Her eyebrows are also lowered to strengthen the anger subtext.  Her mouth pulls open to signal surprise, while her eyes squint together just a touch indicating disbelief at what she is seeing.  Contempt is also mildly present with slightly flared nostrils.  You can see this in her left nostril the most.  

The animated video clip making the rounds is even more revealing showing five distinct stages as she roils.  First her jaw drops in shock, then her face contorts in anger, she nods in stunned disbelief, turns her head and mouths the word “bulls—t” to the person to her side, then she claps politely.

The Body Language of Kristen Stewart who plays Bella Swan in “Twilight” and “New Moon”

The Body Language of Kristen Stewart who plays Bella Swan in “Twilight” and “New Moon”

Christopher Philip

Does anything strike you about Kristen Stewart, the actress that plays Bella Swan in “Twilight” and “New Moon?”  It’s such a rare event in the body language world to see such a clear portrayal of the type of nonverbal language that we’re always referring to, especially for its category.  While looking cool, dominant and in control is ubiquitous across Hollywood, looking timid, shy and out of place is much more rare, and that is exactly what is shown here.  Take a close look at the images.  In image #1 we see a prominent “fig leaf” posture where the hands are placed over the midsection or genitals signifying shame.  Imagine if she were nude, disrobed, and put in front of an audience.  This is exactly the first posture those who lack confidence will do.  Her hands are also interlaced which also shows negative thoughts.  In image #2 she is half displaying confident ready language with her hands on her hips, probably trying to look cool, but her other hand is hidden in her pockets showing hidden emotions.  I would imagine she felt it would come across as far too shy to put both hands in her pockets, or even duck out of the spotlight altogether, but those are her primary desires as depicted by her body language.  Image #3 is an alternate angle.  Also note her despondent face.  She’s obviously not impressed.

Through the magic of the internet, we don’t have to guess about her history, or her filmography.  A quick search tells us she’s a fairly “green”, actress who’s been mostly out of the spotlight.  I would guess that she’s probably introverted and likes to keep to herself.  Perhaps we have some real fans out there who can find out.  Regardless of what she’s hiding, it’s obvious by her body language that she lacks the mental fortitude to be subjected to the media spotlight.

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