Less "making love to the camera", and more "would really like to know the camera better".
A common pose for young ladies to show they are interested in someone, but in a subtle way rather than being overly seductive. This is Truth in Television
, which makes it a good characterization visual in fiction.
The common form is to hold her arms behind her back (which by itself is a common pose for shy girls, and it's the key here to making her not look too forthcoming) and tilt her head coyly, while either leaning forward or walking towards the person she's interested in. Bonus points if she is standing just a bit off angle.
She could be doing this to get a guy to sleep with her, but just as often she wants a date, or just likes a guy doting on her (without having to resort to attention whoring
Should also be noted that what the girl is wearing doesn't matter. It's how she carries herself. She could wear dominatrix
gear and still pull off this trope. But something demure and/or elegant is the most common thing the poser tends to wear.
This can be exploiting
the notion that Women Are Delicate
, when a girl is using it to help get a guy comfortable with her.
Compare Ready for Lovemaking
(the very up-front Sister Trope
), Pec Flex
(a more direct male version), Boobs-and-Butt Pose
, Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date
, Rebel Relaxation
Contrast All Women Are Prudes
, The Ingenue
, The Vamp
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- Smurfette does this in a poster for the new live-action Smurfs film.
Anime & Manga
- Mahou Sensei Negima! does this with Chisame in Episode 11 (fast-forward to around five minutes, then onwards). Bonus points for acting as an internet personality (Chiu Chiu), dressing up like something out The Wizard of Oz, and changing her voice.
- Hinagiku Katsura of Hayate the Combat Butler does this pose quite a bit in the manga up to and after she is aware of her feelings for Hayate, somewhat notable in that she does little variations sometimes such as adding a spin when she's in a good mood.
- The girls in Wedding Peach occasionally do this when flirting with Yanagiba.
- Miki from the anime The iDOLM@STER pulls this on the Producer from time to time.
- In Naruto, Sakura tries this on Sasuke. It doesn't work.
- In Identity Crisis, during a flashback of Ralph Dibny meeting his future wife Sue for the first time, Sue does this pose while talking to him for the first time.
- Wilma Deering does this occasionally in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
- Miranda Cosgrove when she was younger had photoshoots include this pose, and her iCarly character often uses it when trying to flirt with a guy she likes.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Vampire girl Darla does this in "Angel" in line with her schoolgirl image; subverted in that she's in Game Face at the time and using the pose to hide two pistols behind her back.
- Annie Walker does this constantly in Covert Affairs.
- How I Met Your Mother, "Swarley": Robin is upset when Ted reveals that his bashful, head-down, flirty-eyes look is a deliberate move he uses when asking a girl out. He counters that Robin often uses her own "innocent" look, and he bluntly tells her so: "Oh, and you biting your lower lip, shyly looking away and thrusting your chest is natural?" Robin admits it's not and lets the issue go.