Thigh gap jewelry questions unrealistic body standards

Fabienne Fleurantin/ Staff Writer

If you Google “thigh gap jewellery,” a website pops up, showcasing models in white knee-highs wearing gold studded chains hanging from their hips, dangling to fill the space between their thighs.

At first, you may feel appalled at the fact that something like this actually exists. But after that shock hits you, the page’s original intent becomes clear.

A message appears seconds after being on the website, claiming to reveal “the truth behind TGap Jewellery” and redirecting visitors to the underlying truth.

“TGap Jewllery is a fictional company that sells jewelries designed for thigh gaps. It is launched to catalyze a debate on unrealistic body image social media portrays,” as stated on the TGAP website.

The #thighgap trend, as stated on TGAP, is “a trend popularized on social media that pressurizes women and girls to achieve a gap between their thighs when they stand with their feet touching.”

This has pressured women into doing many harmful things to their body just so they could sport the look society expects of them.

Body image is an issue that plagues the minds of every individual in society. Unrealistic body sizes are slapped on the cover of every magazine. Shameless trolls harshly comment on the photos of those who don’t fit the expected body standards.

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But this website challenges society’s perceived reality.

The thigh gap trend was an ongoing debate for women for quite some time now. However, the question remains—is it attractive to have a thigh gap or not?

This website shuts down all the negativity and provides facts and information on the issue at hand. The creators of this page may have done the most clever thing ever—use the thing that brings people down to bring them awareness—social media and clickbait. They bent the rules to break them.

This website may have started out as clickbait to gain the public’s interest, but it goes beyond the headline. There’s a real cause they are fighting for—to “disregard the negative body image messages from media while understanding that the messages change over generations with trend,” and “developing a broad personal definition of body image rather than societal ideals.”

I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

Society puts so much pressure on us—what to wear, when to wear it, who to date, how much you should weigh, how perky your boobs should be, how big your butt should be, how much money you should make, what job to have, how to eat, what to eat and so much more to the point it’s exhausting.

There has been a constricted path that we are supposed to follow blindly without question, but that is not realistic or healthy. It’s time we make our own minds up and live our lives based on what makes us happy as individuals and what makes us feel free. That’s all that matters.

 

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1 Comment on "Thigh gap jewelry questions unrealistic body standards"

  1. You can certainly see your skills within the article you write.
    The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
    All the time go after your heart.

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