This is one beauty trend the world could do without.
The thigh gap - where if you stand with your feet together and your thighs don't touch - is widely agreed to be one of the
While it was great that women wanted to show the world their photos, those of us with a thigh gap were left feeling excluded like the new kid in school. Surely we shouldn't be made to feel like there's something wrong with our bodies just because we happen to have a gap between our thighs?
Don't get me wrong. I do understand this movement is well-intended and I love the positive message but here's why I don't agree with it: It's not well-thought and rather insensitive. Especially the hashtag #NoThighGap.
Thigh gap: the aspiration to be so skinny that when you stand with your feet together, the tops of your thighs don't touch
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This hoax may purport to play on our collective gullibility and Twitter-trigger happiness, but it actually plays straight into the mental vulnerability of our society's young women, who are already overly bombarded by images of hollow cheekbones, washboard stomachs and thighs that don't meet. It is hardly newsworthy that this hoax had us collectively fooled.
I am naturally a slim, size 8. Well, here's the truth. I didn't feel beautiful, when one of the boys I had a crush on at school ran up and asked me if I was anorexic in front of his friends. I didn't feel sexy when a group of builders drove past in a white van, shouting at me to eat some food.
These days everyone seems to have a blog where they post photos of what they're wearing. It should be easy to join the scores of fashion bloggers out there. Right?