Forget the thigh gap, the #MermaidThighs trend is all about body positivity
Find out why this new body-positive trend has taken social media by storm
In late 2012, the world was introduced to the body trend phenomenon that quickly became the bane of many women’s existence: the thigh gap. The social media trend celebrated the space between the inner thighs of some women when standing upright (knees touching), while shaming those who didn’t have them.
Thankfully, a new body-positive trend has been gaining traction on social media: #MermaidThighs. All over Twitter and Instagram, women have started to embrace their thighs that touch.
For every woman who has ever felt ashamed of her body for not having narrow thighs, the #MermaidThighs hashtag is a godsend.
This Instagram user writes: “Now, with this hashtag going viral, I hope that women who feel pressure to look a certain way or feel insecure with their bodies, see this as a chance to celebrate their bodies…because who doesn’t want to be a mermaid!?”
#MermaidThighs Mermaids have always had a special meaning to me. They represent grace and beauty but also a freedom and carefree attitude that growing up, I fantasized having. I used my imagination and evisioned myself as Ariel or Madison or any other mermaid to escape difficult situations when I was young. Getting a mermaid tattoo on my thigh (what a coincidence) signified a personal achievement of mine: finally being comfortable in who I am and what I look like. Last month, I had the pleasure of partaking in #projectmermaids where I literally BECAME a mermaid. Everyone who knows me, knows it was a dream come true. My mom and I got super emotional seeing the photos because it’s so much more than a tail. It symbolized my journey through domestic violence and self esteem issues. Now, with this hashtag going viral, I hope that women who feel pressure to look a certain way or feel insecure with their bodies, see this as a chance to celebrate their bodies…because who doesn’t want to be a mermaid!? #vivalacurvy #RealTalk #bodypositive #effyourbeautystandards #honormycurves #celebratemysize #bodydiversity
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This illustration by Emma Jewell has been making the rounds on many social media platforms.
“There’s a new hashtag in town and I’m digging it.”
#MermaidThighs isn’t about shaming people who have thigh gaps. It’s about loving your body, no matter what shape it comes in.
— amy (@HomaBound) August 22, 2016
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