GOODBYE THIGH GAP – HELLO MERMAID THIGHS!
In a body positive answer to the social media trend #thighgap, women are fighting back with #mermaidthighs. While there is nothing wrong with having a Thigh Gap, the recent trend has been another in the long line of unattainable body goals for a majority of women. The idea behind this new campaign is that if your thighs touch, you’re one step closer to being a mermaid, and what could be wrong with that?
If you’re unaware of either social trend, here’s how it goes. Thigh Gap equals having a space between the middle of your thighs when your knees are touching.
Mermaid Thighs do not have the space between the thighs.
The issue with the #thighgap trend is that most women can never achieve it. Having that trendy gap all depends on your bone structure and how your hipbones are connected. So starving yourself and constantly exercising will only lead to disappointment and frustration if you don’t have that body type. This affirmation of skinnyness, along with the A4 waist challenge and some others out there are only leading to women being ashamed of who they are.
A few notable people are shedding some light on these super-skinny initiatives and how their perception can be harmful, including designer Soo Kyung Bae, who created a website selling jewelry that embellishes Thigh Gaps at www.tgapj.com.
However, when you put your Thigh Gap jewelry in your shopping cart and proceed to check out, you are informed that the jewelry isn’t real and that the site is a fictional company working to, “catalyze the debate on unrealistic body image social media portrays.” It throws in some interesting facts on body types and perspectives. This is just one of many attempts at helping women love the body they have.
So, whether you have a Thigh Gap or Mermaid Thighs, celebrate who you are and know that you are beautiful! Check out more #mermaidthighs below.