Instagram can sometimes be a slippery slope of insecurity, especially when picture-perfect, retouched images flood your feed. But every once in a while, a trend sweeps the web that’s actually incredibly empowering to women (like #mermaidthighs). Hip dips are the latest body positive movement to pop up on the social media site.
What are hip dips, you ask? Put simply, it’s the spot where your femur (that long bone in your thigh) connects to your pelvis. Instagram user @jenneydoll sums up her struggle and appreciation for her hip dips quite succinctly, “In recent years, proportionate hour glass bodies have been glamorized in the media heavily.. but I have realized that I will never have a perfect hour-glass shape because I have very prominent hip dips (even though I do carry more fat in my lower body). There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it is one of those things I don’t absolutely love about my body. However, I accept it and i’m learning to love all my imperfections because that’s what makes us human.”
So, no, perfectly rounded, hourglass-type hips aren’t the only kinds of beautiful hips. Just check out the #hipdip hashtag for proof.
@discovering_sarah captioned her pic, “Hip dips are natural and beautiful and we should be celebrating them, not shaming them!” Preach, sister.
International powerlifter Sophia Van Leeuwen, who goes by the user handle @oatsandsquats, explains that everyone has hip dips, but whether they’re visible “all depends on your body type, muscle, and fat distribution.” Basically, if you have a skeleton, you have hip dips.
Fitness Instagrammer @livjadefit urged others, “LADIES DO NOT FEEL SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT HIP HIPS! [sic]”
Photographer and fitness lover @kcrossonfitness made a super apt point about the internet “creating insecurities we didn’t know we had.”
User @girl.gets.sane captioned her photo: “I posted this image to my fashion Instagram. A couple of weeks ago a read an article that changed the way I looked at my body for the better. I’ve *always* hated my hips, the shape was not what I was told was attractive or fit. I learned the other day that #hipdips or #violinhips are *structural*, not fat or muscle. And many many women have them. I. Can finally stop trying to change them.”
And others just embraced and celebrated their dips.
And this ‘grammer used her hip dips for literally dipping. #Goals.
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