Listen snobs, say what you will about social media and its role in crumbling the hierarchy of culture, but when it comes to democratization, there's no place better than Instagram. Even the most pretentious critics of the photo-sharing app must appreciate the front row seat elusive self-portrait queen Cindy Sherman has just granted us all by making her account public for the first time. 

Decades before Snapchat filters were a thing, Sherman paved the way for conceptual selfies, using her own face to create exaggerated characters that solidified themselves in the art world. Now fans and, yes, even those chin-stroking high-brow experts, can experience the ever-evolving artist on a brand new medium.

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[Photo via @_cindysherman_]