What the body positive movement is doing on social media right now is showing us that things that were once considered to be “flaws” are actually marks of history and are incredibly beautiful — like no thigh gap, scars, cellulite and stretch marks. Sure, staying positive about our body image can sometimes be a struggle — we’re human after all, and we all face our fair share of adversity. But there are stories of triumph that propel us on, like Instagram recognizing that #curvy is an empowering word and bringing it back. Tess Holliday said it best: #effyourbeautystandards.
There’s a new movement on Twitter that is sweeping social and teaching women to love a part of the body that has long been the source of many an insecurity: the thighs.
A little while back, in a bid to be the realest and coolest celeb on Instagram, Chrissy Teigen posted this awesome, Photoshop-free pic of her thighs, with bruises and stretch marks. She captioned the photo: “Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!”
Recently, thanks to a trending hashtag, women are following suit. Here’s what you need to know about #ThighReading.
Twitter user @princess_labia took this photo of her thighs and stretch marks. She told MTV News that she was just sitting with her legs criss-crossed when she began feeling her stretch marks and realizing some of the grooves were deeper than others, just like the palms of our hands. She decided to snap a pic and asked others to follow suit. Thus, a hashtag was born.
To all the women out there, we salute you.
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