Is Victoria Beckham the queen of Bitchy Resting Face? The A-list stars who look thoughtfully sad or angry for no reason
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 11 July 2013
Bitchy Resting Face, when a person looks ‘thoughtfully sad or angry for no reason,’ has recently been confirmed by experts as a real phenomenon.
And although most people can hide this seemingly grumpy resting expression from the wider world, celebrities have no such luxury.
‘Sometimes we have a permanent frown when the corners of our mouth droop,’ explained plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn to the Today show. ‘And sometimes its because our brows are a little bit decreased or a little bit low.
‘All these things can add up together to make us look grumpy, mean, and even, yes, bitchy when we don’t mean it.’
And Victoria Beckham, arguably the queen of the default resting expression, has made a formidable fashion career from her serious-looking face when she is simply relaxed.
In June, Bitchy Resting Face was laid out as an incurable syndrome in Miss Orci’s hilarious PSA parody, which quickly touched a familiar female chord.
‘Trust me, its worse to have a friendly-face,’ wrote one commenter. ‘People just think they can approach you whenever.’
Miss Orci, 29, who produces the videos for the Broken People channel with her boyfriend, Jared Nigro, a writer and performer, said the term was originally an ‘inside joke’ between the couple.
Out and about: ‘Sometimes we have a frown when the corners of our mouth droop,’ says Dr Anthony Youn of Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. ‘This can make us look grumpy, mean, and bitchy when we don’t mean it’
‘Because when we met he thought I looked bitchy and I was like, “ugh this asshole” and we didn’t talk for a year,’ she told MailOnline.
‘That’s why on the video he’s the one that goes “I genuinely want to buy you a drink.”‘
In the video, women who suffer from Bitchy Resting Face seem to encounter animosity whenever they go – from their own boyfriends who are resentful of the dagger-piercing look, to retail saleswomen unimpressed by the seemingly rude customer they are serving.
‘These women might be suffering without you even knowing it,’ the video explains. ‘They might just have faces that to you, look bitchy. They might not be bitches at all.’
When asked whether she has been accused of Bitchy Resting Face herself, Miss Orci, who lives in Los Angeles, exclaimed: ‘Yes! One of my biggest pet peeves is people telling me I should cheer up or smile. That conjures in me like Kill Bill rage.
‘I act so I can never play girl next door types cause I look too sad. Maye the girl next door is sad!’
The video, which features some of Miss Orci’s friends, implores: ‘If you see someone with a bad look on their face, you don’t have to bother them. You can just leave them alone, it might just be their face.
‘And if it is just their face, they probably already know, so theirs no need to point it out to them. They have feelings too.’
Sufferer: A spoof PSA released in June addresses the problems experienced by women afflicted by ‘Bitchy Resting Face’
‘Incurable’: This woman may be happy to smell the flowers on a spring day, but her face doesn’t show it
The sarcasm may be palpable, but many women have expressed how much they are able to relate to the idea behind Bitchy Resting Face.
‘If there’s one touching thing the commenters have helped me understand, [it’s that] we’re not alone!’ said Miss Orci.
One woman explained on the Broken People YouTube channel: ‘The amount of people who come up to me and tell me to “Smile, it’s not all bad,” or “Hey, are you ok,” and “Don’t look so down,” when I’m merely relaxed, annoys the s*** out of me.
‘Am I angry? Well yes, I am now that you’ve assumed my emotions from my resting face and felt the need to body police a stranger!’
Looks to kill: When a woman looks ‘thoughtfully sad or angry for no reason’
Is she angry or happy? In a new skit produced by the YouTube channel, Broken People, Bitchy Resting Face is laid out as an incurable syndrome in a hilarious PSA parody that has touched a familiar female chord
Associated affliction: Many men suffer from A**hole Resting Face, the mock PSA explains
Another wrote: ‘If a frown, or what appears to be a frown, feels normal, then the person has to fake smile in order to push their face muscles in a different position.
‘They have to put effort into changing their muscles by trying to smile a little. Fake smiling isn’t cool or fun. People need to just stop worrying about other people’s facial expressions, especially if they don’t have to interact with them.’
But others were less impressed by the video, simply calling it ‘an excuse for bad behavior.’
For the full Bitchy Resting Face video, visit the Broken People YouTube page