Thigh Gaps are UNHEALTHY

Marjorie Nguyen, Photo Editor

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The idea of a “thigh gap” in the modeling industry has been around for several years, but recently, social media has brought light to it. Now, the idea is trending among teenagers and young adults; whether it’s a Twitter page, or a perfect Instagram picture with a #thighgap, social media users are envying the triangle shape between thighs. Thigh gaps are seen as attractive and popular, but did gawkers behind a screen realize thighs gaps are starting to be considered unhealthy?

Andrew Zundel (10) thinks, “The thigh gap is very attractive, but it can be unhealthy for some girls. I mean, a small thigh gap is fine, but not like Spongebob’s thigh gap.”

Achieving the thigh gap is difficult, and once it’s achieved, it’s hard to maintain. Jim Salter, a reporter from USA Today says, “Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don’t touch even when their feet are together.”

Model Robyn Lawley, who has appeared on the cover of Vogue, was recently condemned on social media for not having a ‘thigh gap.’ Written in the Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, by Rosie Swash, “The model, who has her own swimwear line and has won numerous awards for her work, responded vehemently below the line: ‘You sit behind a computer screen objectifying my body, judging it and insulting it, without even knowing it.’” People on social media began calling her “pig”, “hefty”, and “too fat” when she posted a picture of her in a corset. This is atrocious behavior from people who judge a successful model without the “thigh gap.”

Demi Lovato will not stand for it either. She posted a picture of her in a swimsuit from the waist down and wrote, “You don’t have to have a thigh gap to be beautiful. It is possible to love your body the way it is.”

Mackenna Goodrich (11) feels the same, “You don’t need a thigh gap to determine who you are, it’s ridiculous.”

Henry Campbell (11) shares his opinion, too. “The thigh gap is dumb; girls don’t need it. I think they can be beautiful without them.”
The trend has gotten to where there are pages on “how to” achieve thigh gaps. Medical studies have shown thigh gaps are nearly impossible for some body structures and can be potentially dangerous.

Young, insecure teenagers on Twitter or Facebook post statuses such as, “Thanks, but I still can’t seem to get a thigh gap. No matter what I do, my legs still touch. I’m so depressed about it…” and “Can’t wait for my legs to look like THIS!” and “Starving myself until I get a thigh gap LOL!” Yes, considering starving yourself seems so much fun to please the public and to satisfy your egotistical moralities.

This is a wake-up call for Hamilton. Don’t let the thigh gap determine who you are because you can be beautiful any way you want.

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