Introducing #MermaidThighs, The Body-Positive Response To 'Thigh Gaps' Taking Over Instagram


24/08/2016 10:42 | Updated 24 August 2016

It’s time to stop stressing about whether or not you have a “thigh gap” because there’s a new, far more positive body image trend in town.

Women on Instagram have been sharing photos of their #MermaidThighs - defined as thighs that touch together - in order to spread a culture of self love.

The hashtag stands as a direct response to the #ThighGap trend, which has been condemned for putting pressure on women to have a gap between their thighs when they stand with their legs together.  

 In contrast, #MermaidThighs is all about loving your body as it is.

A photo posted by Ashley McMahon (@ashes_jean) on

Rivkie Baum, editor of plus size magazine SLiNK is a big fan of the latest movement.

“Anything that promotes body positivity on social media, a place that has become all too synonymous with trolling, is always good,” she tells The Huffington Post UK.

“Women are constantly being put under enormous pressure to look a certain way and a thigh gap has been another body trend over the past year that has contributed to this.”

However, Baum points out that anyone sharing #MermaidThighs photos should be careful they aren’t body-shaming women with natural thigh gaps in the process.

“Hopefully we can get to a point where we just care less about each other’s bodies and focus on more important things,” she says.

Let’s hope #MermaidThighs is a step forward towards a society that celebrates bodies in all shapes and sizes.

Check out more of the images posted with the hashtag below.

A photo posted by Alyssa McCoy (@mccoy_babe_) on

A photo posted by Orla (@whorlasms) on

A photo posted by Denver (@bbygrlblu) on




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