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#Mermaidthighs is The Body-Positive Response to Thigh Gaps We've Always Wanted

by Helen Turnbull Published on 23 August 2016

Thigh gap, smigh gap. Women of the Internet rejoice! Thin thighs are out and thick thighs are in and it's the best Instagram news we've heard all year. Females everywhere have reason to celebrate as we're no longer being judged on how much our thighs don't touch. Ladies, 'tis time to dive into the mermaid thigh club.

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The thigh gap is often regarded as the ultimate body goal, second only to the impossibly-flat stomach. Who hasn't sweated it out for hours in the gym only to lament the absence of a Gigi-Hadid-style thigh gap after weeks of staying firmly on the wagon? Guilty. I'll be the first to admit that I've even joined the gym solely for the prospect of achieving just that.

But here's the thing, the sought-after thigh gap has nothing to do with the number on the scale and everything to do with how far apart your hips are naturally so if you're not born with it, chances are you'll never have it and there ain't nothing wrong with that.

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Thankfully, the girls of social media know exactly how to perk us up when we're not feeling 100 per cent body-confident and they're celebrating the female form in all its natural glory with the help of #mermaidthighs. It's been given a warm welcome on Instagram over the past few weeks with thick-thighed girls everywhere sharing images of their touching thighs while encouraging others to do the same.

You know what they say: 'Thick thighs save lives'.

What do you think of this new body-positive trend? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @soFeminineUK

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by Helen Turnbull