‘Thigh Gap’ Latest Goal for Teen Fashion Victims

Forget sunken cheeks or shrunken butts: girls are now going for pitifully withered legs

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Alessia Pierdomenico / Reuters

A model wears a creation for designers from Central Saint Martins college during their MA degree show at London Fashion Week on Feb. 16, 2007.

The latest craze among U.S. teens striving to emulate stick-thin models is “thigh gap” — having legs so skinny that the upper thighs do not touch when standing with feet together.

“Thigh gap” images are now abounding on social media, posted by emaciated girls who are worryingly proud of their cadaverous appearance. However, experts say the pursuit of such an unnatural bodily feature could easily lead to eating disorders and mental problems.

“Most women are not built that way to have that space between their thighs,” said clinical psychologist Barbara Greenberg.

[AFP]

14 comments
LilyJAnderson
LilyJAnderson

That picture is false. It does not show what people are idolizing.

Go to this facebook page, and you'll see what the Thigh Gap is.
These women look really healthy.  This article is skewing the desired look.

America is just too fat to realize that they are preventing people from getting to a healthy weight. All this social bullying to NOT get fit is delaying our progress. America needs to get thinner, and of course we are not advocating underweight situations, but muscular, and healthy women, and men.

https://www.facebook.com/sexygapgirls

JollyRoger
JollyRoger

this is what happens when gay men project their ideal of what the female body standard should be... basically that of a young boy.

straight men don't find skeletons attractive. only gay men have no use for female curves.


unfortunately too many women, especially young women and girls get duped into believing the lie being sold by the fashion industry. it is harmful to women and girls and is despicable.

JasonKauffman
JasonKauffman

Not every girl is born to grow into a 90-pound adult oriental woman's body. But now the fad is for them to be crossway breezers? Jeez.

AndrewRiegle
AndrewRiegle

Let them naturally select themselves out of the gene pool.  Who cares?

ktvan
ktvan

This is ridiculous. I'm not even sure it's a direct correlation to weight, isn't it more how your hips are set? I have that gap, but trust me, I'm not super stick thin, even when I gain a little weight I can't get the full length of my legs to touch when I stand with my feet touching. I think that's just bow-leggedness? And that's a "trend" now? I mean...lucky for me because before I was just a little (hopefully endearingly) wonky. But to make that a goal for people? You could lose ALL your weight and not achieve that!

darthatect
darthatect

The closer to the bone, the sweeter the meat.

Thigh gaps...a place with room to put your head.

BradHart
BradHart

What we used to call factory air...

wwhitelight6
wwhitelight6

I just want to bring up the fact that according to studies done on the prevalence and popularity of physical attributes on pornography underweight women do NOT seem to be more attractive to men than those with healthy BMI's.   You can judge what men like by what we're willing to pay for and its not that.  Most including some of the most popular performers also seem to have fairly average breast size but thats not really relevant right now.

I'm not saying everything women do is motivated by a desire to please men. Or that they are somehow obligated to please us.  I know better. But if that IS your motivation please understand that that's not even an effective way of doing it.

Also my own personal experience as a man (and trust me I'm a complete pig) : I don't even notice thigh gaps and someone had to go to great lengths to explain it to me.  Even with pictures I was confused and not sure what I was supposed to see. 

goblue562
goblue562

When the media/Hollywood/fashion world/anything else that glorifies the size 0, stick-thin, bones sticking out of your body female image, girls will continue to harm themselves with radical dieting..  Stop Photoshopping models in magazines to make them appear smaller than they are.  Use REAL women for advertising..  Bones in bed don't feel good.  :)

sarahsinclair91
sarahsinclair91

I was once a victim of this craze, thankfully now I can see how ridiculous and dangerous it is, it's worrying to think so many young girls out there are idolising this.

DarylBrunt
DarylBrunt

This is very dangerous. The Thigh Gap that some women actually have is more of a result of slim legs and a wider Pelvic Girdle based on Genetics rather than Diet

StephanieMcAtee
StephanieMcAtee

@ktvan Probably has to do with having a very wide pelvis, thus your hips being wider. *shrug*