General Colin Powell's 'Throwback Thursday' Selfie Goes Viral

Powell was taking selfies 60 years before it had a name.

Posted: 03/13/2014 10:34 AM EDT

General Colin Powell is officially the original selfie king.

The former Secretary of State posted a black and white photo of himself as a young man snapping a photo with his camera in a bedroom mirror Thursday morning. The "Throwback Thursday" photo went viral on his Facebook page soon after.

"Throwback Thursday - I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!," he wrote in the photo caption.

Powell took a jab at comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, whose selfie during the Academy Awards was a hot topic even days after. The word "selfie" was named "Word of the Year" by Oxford Dictionaries in 2013. 

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(Photo: Colin Powell via Facebook)

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