Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Bikini Bridge

Once upon a time, the thin trend was about having a thigh gap. If your thighs touched, your entire 5'5 body was deemed fat. Quite self explanatory, but if you can't figure out what exactly a thigh gap is (ahem men), it's basically having thighs so thin that they don't touch and form a gap in between.

Apparently the obsession has gone so far that "thigh-related" plastic surgeries are on the rise. The idea that our legs "shouldn't" touch is fueled on the runway and by Victoria's Secret models. There are even twitter accounts and tumblers dedicated to showing and sharing pictures of women's covetous thigh gaps.
"Bikini Bridge"
The new year, sparks a new trend known as the "Bikini Bridge" which Urban Dictionary construes as "When bikini bottoms are suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen". Comparable to "Thigh gap" enthusiasts, "Bikini Bridge" admirers have been uploading their own images to twitter, tumblr and 4chan, an image sharing website.

The hashtag #bikinibridge is quickly gaining popularity on twitter. While users of 4chan are keen to share their personal pictures and promote the fad. There are even comments posted which promote the benefits of possessing a bikini bridge. Such as: getting a smoother tan line, fitting an ipod into your bikini bridge, and looking sexier.

The popular website "Buzzfeed" has also published an article, titled: The 12 perks of having a bikini bridge. Reasons such as "Harry Styles will be 857%  more attracted to you" and "you and your girls will become the talk of the town" where a few mentioned.
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But is this just another reason for women to be insecure? Lucy Attley, a spokesperson for Dove who works on their self-esteem campaign told the daily mail that "The bikini bridge is yet another example of piling pressure on women to feel increasingly anxious about their bodies."

She continues that, one of the ambitions at Dove "Is for beauty to be a source of confidence, not anxiety. We want to inspire women everywhere to feel good about the bodies they have, and not experience the constant pressure that drives beauty anxieties, portraying an ideal of beauty that is not real or reflective of women in the UK. The New Year should be a time when women everywhere are inspiring each other to redefine and embrace a more positive relationship with beauty."

Katie Lowe, a body image and well being expert, also shared her opinion with the daily mail, stating: "The bikini bridge is just another example of horrendous thinspiration that encourages young women to develop poor body image and self-esteem. Images like this used to be constrained to pro-anorexia websites - which are themselves dangerous, damaging communities for young men and women to encourage disordered eating behaviours."

Alongside the thigh gap, the bikini bridge is now being covered by mainstream media websites. Websites that embrace the trend, which is quickly gaining momentum amongst young women.

Over 4,500 girls, between the ages of 15-19  develop a new eating disorder every single year. So instead of raising awareness about other peoples "bikini-perfect" bodies, why not feel confident in your own?
The Urban Dictionary Bikini Bridge 

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