First came the #ThighGap, the controversial body “trend” that saw people sharing photos of the space between their legs on social media. Then, thankfully, came so-called #MermaidThighs, a body-positive alternative for people whose thighs touch (i.e. a lot of us).
Now, there’s a new body-positive movement taking over Twitter. People are sharing photos of their thighs using the hashtag #BigThighTwitter and, in doing so, are helping to highlight the ridiculous and unrealistic beauty standards still peddled by the mainstream media.
The photos show people embracing their so-called “big thighs”, instead of hiding them away under unflattering clothing, as women have been pressured to do for decades. Sometimes we struggle to fit into our jeans, and that’s ok.
The movement is part of the wider trend for body-positive images on Instagram. Women are using Instagram to fight the sometimes problematic messages hawked by the #fitspo and #eatclean brigade, and to help people suffering with eating disorders.
There's obviously nothing wrong with having slim thighs – we should all be able to embrace, or at least accept, our bodies regardless of their shape. But movements like #BigThighTwitter are an important reminder that many – if not most – of us don't look like the models predominantly used in the media.