In addition to the fat shaming that goes on and the pressure the women and girls experience to be slimmer, a new type of thinspiration has emerged and has to do with encouraging women and girls to achieve a “thigh gap,” which is exactly what it sounds like, the space between one’s thighs.
Just like other forms of online thinspiration, this trend is picking up traction as well. Online users are posting images of thigh gaps and using them to inspire others to lose weight. Lawley who has known about the trend since she was 12 years old, felt compelled to discuss the dangers of such a trend after one of her images surfaced on a pro “thigh gap,” Facebook page.
After reading over 900 comments, where some commenters criticized her thigh gap for being too small, the plus size model decided to chime in.
In her article for the Daily Beast, Lawley explains her truth and how she feels about the “thigh gap” phenomenon.
The truth is I couldn’t care less about needing a supposed “thigh gap.” It’s just another tool of manipulation that other people are trying to use to keep me from loving my body. Why would I want to starve and weaken my natural body size? I’m not saying women who have it naturally are unattractive. But I would have to change my entire frame just to achieve something that seems so trivial.
I appreciate Robyn Lawley for using her voice to reverse the damages that societal thinspiration has on women and girls. She has my full support in her efforts.