This Teen Retook His Senior Year Photo So His Highlight Would Pop

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When 17-year-old James Charles from Bethlehem, New York, received his senior year photos, he wasn’t too happy with them. So he took matters into his own hands and retook them to ensure his highlighter would pop. And wow: It really popped.

When 17-year-old James Charles from Bethlehem, New York, received his senior year photos, he wasn't too happy with them. So he took matters into his own hands and retook them to ensure his highlighter would pop. And wow: It really popped.

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The aspiring makeup artist and student told BuzzFeed News that when he initially had his school photos taken the “lighting was not ideal for my makeup so all my hard work at 7am didn’t pay off”.

Unhappy with the results, Charles emailed the photography company asking if he could re-take his photos and bring along his trusty ring light. Luckily for Charles they said yes. His ring light was set up on his tripod while his picture was being taken.

He said he wouldn’t normally go the extra mile like this but “it was my senior picture and I knew it would be in the yearbook forever”.

Charles said: “I do love being extra. I’m actually a pretty reserved person, I promise. When I say I’m extra it usually just comes to my makeup looks being extravagant, and I’m also never afraid to drag a local boy when he’s being rude on Twitter.”

Charles said he wanted to make sure his yearbook picture was “iconic”. His friend Delaney went along with him to the second shoot. Typically students get a chance to take a picture with their pals and, of course, Charles put his own spin on this as he and Delaney posed for his “mugshot”.

Charles said he wanted to make sure his yearbook picture was "iconic". His friend Delaney went along with him to the second shoot. Typically students get a chance to take a picture with their pals and, of course, Charles put his own spin on this as he and Delaney posed for his "mugshot".

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Charles said he had been practising with makeup for about a year after ordering a makeup starter kit online.

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He was so psyched about how the photos turned out that he deiced to tweet about it. It’s now received over 21,000 retweets and more than 55,000 likes.

He was so psyched about how the photos turned out that he deiced to tweet about it. It's now received over 21,000 retweets and more than 55,000 likes.

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Charles says the reaction to his photo has been “crazy” and “so cool”.

“I knew it would do pretty well on my Instagram page because my followers were really excited when I posted selfies from the morning of the original picture day, but I DID NOT expect the tweet and Insta pic to blow up this much,” he added.

And obviously people are loving it. Charles has been deemed a “legend”.

And obviously people are loving it. Charles has been deemed a "legend".

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Even Queen of Slay Zendaya is here for it.

Even Queen of Slay Zendaya is here for it.

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When Charles found out Zendaya loved his photo, “I screamed”, he said. “She’s one of my biggest idols. I love her and she’s so beautiful… I really wanna do her makeup one day or just hang with her in general, she seems so rad.”

When Charles found out Zendaya loved his photo, "I screamed", he said. "She's one of my biggest idols. I love her and she's so beautiful... I really wanna do her makeup one day or just hang with her in general, she seems so rad."

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People were left shook by the levels of Charles’ iconic picture.

People were left shook by the levels of Charles' iconic picture.

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While others are now bald.

While others are now bald.

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Same.

Same.

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