John Edwards’ newly-released mugshot raises the age-old question: when is it proper to smile for a mugshot?
Certainly he had to know that the mugshot was going into wide release, so why not put on a freshly pressed shirt and tie and smile like a Glamour Shot? After all, it was only misappropriation of campaign funds … it’s not like he killed anyone.
Edwards’ concern for the photo mug-shoot also explains the small stretch of the neck on the side shot, pulling the skin tighter and making him look more fit. It’s an old model’s trick.
So, here’s the lesson: if you know you’re going to be a punch line, roll with it … and look as good as possible.