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9 surprising selfies, from the first lady to Pope Francis

Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM ET

Say cheese, famous folks! 

As TODAY fans around the world smile wide for the camera using the hashtag #WorldwideSelfie, we're taking a look at our favorite famous selfies — self-portraits taken by public figures that have captured candid moments we don't usually get a chance to see. 

Video: The world has gone crazy for the selfie, with celebrities, TODAY anchors and even the Oxford English Dictionary embracing the cellphone self-portrait. TODAY’s Carson Daly looks at the phenomenon and invites viewers to send in their own selfies.

From Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton at the Kennedy Center to our own Willie Geist with a pregnant Kim Kardashian on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," these shots have changed the face (get it?) of self-portraits.

Pope Francis poses with a group of young visitors at the Vatican.
L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters
Pope Francis poses with a group of young visitors at the Vatican.
Meryl Streep takes a selfie with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following a dinner for Kennedy honorees.
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Meryl Streep takes a selfie with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following a dinner for Kennedy honorees.

The first lady posted a selfie with Bo on her Instagram account to help National Geographic reach a Guinness World Record for the largest online animal photo album. 

International space station astronaut Aki Hoshide takes a selfie... in space!
NASA via AP
International space station astronaut Aki Hoshide takes a selfie... in space!
Kim Kardashian uses her iPhone to take a photo with TODAY's Willie Geist on the set of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
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Kim Kardashian uses her iPhone to take a photo with TODAY's Willie Geist on the set of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted an unexpected behind-the-scenes shot with Daniel Radcliffe at the 2013 Oscars. The duo joined host Seth MacFarlane on stage for a musical number.
Joseph Fordon-Levitt via tumblr
Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted an unexpected behind-the-scenes shot with Daniel Radcliffe at the 2013 Oscars. The duo joined host Seth MacFarlane on stage for a musical number.

Savannah Guthrie snapped a selfie on the plaza — and tweeted it on air!

When Miley Cyrus posted a shot of her new cropped 'do to Twitter, more than 25,000 users retweeted it.

Want to join in on the selfie fun? Tweet your close-up using the hashtag #WorldwideSelfie.

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