Why we Should Love the Bodies we are in
#MermaidThighs recently hit social media as a response to the ‘thigh gap’ trend- this is quite possibly the best social trend we have ever seen! Back in 2014, the term ‘thigh gap’ skyrocketed across social media, with girls across the globe sharing photos of the space between their thighs. *Ugh* Girls started to hit back though, instead sharing their ‘MermaidThighs’, showcasing a more realistic body shape where the thighs meet in the middle. Yas! That's more like it!
Realistically, who doesn’t want to look like a mermaid?! The #MermaidThighs trend is both body positive and let’s us girls live out a life long dream. Let’s face it; the desire for a thigh gap is pretty stupid…but mermaid thighs? Hell yeah!
A recent video that also went viral saw a woman struggling with self-esteem issues strip down to her underwear in public on video, to stand up for others who were struggling with the same issues. The response was huge, and this got us thinking about how we can all join together and be a little kinder to one another, learning once and for all to love the bodies we are in…
The Social Effect…
It’s true that social media could be blamed for a growing negative body image among both men and women, but things like the #MermaidThigh trend kind of restores your faith in humanity. We know sharing things like our thigh gaps isn’t doing anyone any good, and slowly but surely it seems the majority of us are turning our social habits around, to try and be a little more positive about our bodies and others too.
Joining together in their ‘misfortune’ of being thigh-gap-free, women are now sharing photos of their legs meeting in the middle, with captions such as ‘keep your thigh gap, I’ve got mermaid thighs.’
When Amy Pence stripped off in the middle of a busy market, in front of her she propped up a sign which read: ‘I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me because all of our bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a heart on my body.’
The response she got surprised her, as passers by came up to congratulate her, hug her and even bring her refreshments. The video then went viral, as people around the world shared the video and their appreciation for Amy’s bravery.
If you too feel inspired by Amy and the wonderful wonderful #MermaidThigh trend, there are a few ways in which you can start to train yourself to learn to love your body…
- Let go of body shaming
We are all guilty of this from time to time. According to recent studies around 70% of our daily ‘self talk’ is negative, we are all putting ourselves down unnecessarily. When you stand in front of the mirror, it’s easy to focus in on the areas you don’t like, but what about the bigger picture? There is so much more to life - and chances are you're way too busy to be worried about silly 'imperfections.' Next time you look in the mirror, be more Adele. We hear ya sister...
"I don't have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like." — Adele
- Accept compliments
More often than not when someone pays us a compliment we brush it off, or become defensive and start voicing reasons why the compliment is inaccurate. Sound familiar? The next time someone compliments you, simply say thank you, and recall that compliment through out the day when you start to feel negative.
- Be kind
Finally, be kind to yourself. You are the only YOU, and hell, that in itself makes you pretty damn special! Be kind to yourself - you totally deserve it.
In learning to love the body your in you’ll start to feel more relaxed in general about unrealistic body expectations. So, who's next to share your #MermaidThighs ?
Punky Pins x