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A few months ago, CBS New York reported on Vine being a new tool used by high schoolers to harass their peers and faculty. The discreet and quick video app proved to be perfect for filming people without their permission and creating mean parodies of each other.
But, so far, those Vines have yet to surface on any significant Top 10 list, since the most popular Viners are the ones who make fun of themselves or do socially gutsy, publicly-humilating stunts. Brittany Furlan's Vine of her "accidentally" burning herself while singing into her curling iron was featured on Jimmy Kimmel. Jerome Jarre has steadily gained an impressive following from his Vines, all of which involve him approaching strangers who may or may not like him.
One would think this kind of behavior would be unfathomable to the average teen, lest their silliness ends up backfiring and providing prospective tormentors with everything they need to deem them a loser or freak. But these young Viners (all of whom are in the Top 100 Vine Users list, according to Seenive) seem anything but self-conscious, and, and are riding the self-mockery train all the way to popularity. Here are our favorite examples.
I got that no plans sadness, by Princess Lauren
No one ever wants to admit they're spending a night in, but Princess Lauren owns up to her social vacancy with a well-sung song and some Chipotle.
Oops did I scare you? by Princess Lauren
She's done quite a few of these, always changing up the costumes (and the startled strangers).
I believe, by Princess Lauren
Coming up with a dare that is too much for Princess Lauren must be a challenge!
Me everytime applause comes on, by Lohanthony
This internet superstar lives up to his title by busting out some serious moves.
Seriously? by Lohanthony
It's rare to see such self-awareness at such a young age.
I don’t mind the hate comments at all, by Marissa Mayne
As a core member and promoter of @TeamBullyProof, an anti-bullying Twitter group, Marissa Mayne makes it pretty difficult for people to put her down, as she responds to negative comments about her appearance by Vining herself eating or making funny faces.
Won’t catch me slippin, by lizzza
Like Brittany Furlan, lizzza has no issue with taking less flattering videos of herself for the sake of comedy.
Party. by lizzza
This totally beats the generic "arm on the hip" prom pose.
This one’s for you Raven! by lizzza
After Raven Symone followed her on Twitter, lizzza did a flawless impression of her childhood hero, right on Vine (and, from the looks of it, in a classroom as well).
When you’re trying to be sexy and your mom walks in, by Matthew Espinosa
Any guy who can bust a move AND be funny will always be cool. Let this Vine be proof enough.
(Untitled), by TasiaAlexis
This soundbyte should be every former bullying victim's ringtone.
(Untitled), by TasiaAlexis
While some teens freak out from being seen in the near vicinity of their parents, Tasia just has a good time with her dad.
My girlfriend, by Cameron Dallas
This Jerome Jarre-like move makes a random stranger smile, which is Cameron's stated Vine goal.
You’re worth it, by Cameron Dallas
Cameron sends out some love to those considering self-harm.
Superman checks on citizens, by Nash Grier
Who needs to make fun of others when you can be Superman?