Trends come and go but this time around there is a trend that has many young girls obsessed to the point they are putting their health in danger. It’s the thigh gap. A trend that has young women dieting, starving and doing heavy exercise just to make their thighs so thin they have what’s termed ‘thigh gap’.
What is a thigh gap? Well it’s the gap between your thighs when you stand with your feet together. The goal many young women have is for their thighs not to touch at all. When I was growing up I remember the trend was to have your legs touch at the knees and slightly at the upper thigh. Now it’s the extreme and gone super skinny.
Girls are dying to have thighs so thin they are starving themselves to get that way. Websites like Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram regularly have young women searching with the hatchtag #thighgap in hopes of finding ways to reach their goals. It has grown into such a large problem that now if you search for #thighgap on Pinterest, you will get a warning like this below:
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Don’t get me wrong, there are some young women who are naturally that skinny. Some who no matter how much they eat just don’t seem to ever gain weight. But those are not the majority. Most women are average sized, plus sized or in-between. The reality is not everyone is supposed to look like that. Not everyone will look attractive with a thigh gap. Imagine how ridiculous some women must look if they are supposed to be curvier but they starve to be thin enough for a so-called thigh gap. You don’t believe it? Look at this photoshopped image of Beyonce below. Doesn’t it look ridiculous if she had a thigh gap?
So you see, not every woman should look the same. We are all different. As I always say, embracing your body and loving who you are is the first step to self-love and self-acceptance. It’s time we close the issue and say ‘close the thigh gap’.