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Body Positive #mermaidthighs Celebrates Quads and Glutes

Move over thigh gap, you've been replaced!

The ‘#thighgap’ trend that encourages women to seek a body shape allowing them to show a glimmer of light between their thighs is officially ‘so last year’, thanks to its replacement: #mermaidthighs.

The new hashtag craze trending on Instagram and Twitter is a celebration of thighs that touch, because apparently, being being blessed with such thighs makes you ‘one step closer to being a mermaid’. The tag already has over 1,000 images attached to it, most of them linked to smiling women clearly enjoying their bodies.

This is probably our favourite example, mainly becasue it’s a well known fact that Pitch Perfect memes are the best illustration for any guiding principal, in life …

However, there’s plenty more – many posted  by athletic women working out in the gym, as well as those just happy with their bodies exactly as they are…


Though we’re 100 per cent not about ‘body shaming’ anyone – regardless of skinnyness, fatness, muscleyness or anything-else-ness – we’ve got to admit the images on ‘thighgab’ (thighgap doesn’t seem to exist any more) just aren’t quite as happy or positive. Except the one of the dog – no offence little man.


Cyclists aren’t known for having particularly skinny legs – in fact we’re more likely to be celebrating our quads of steel than trying to slim them down. This said, we know the idea of gaining ‘cycling legs’ can sometimes be off-putting to women not yet converted (we know this because Google tells us people search ‘how not to get cyclists legs’ as much as ‘how to get cyclists legs’).

As converts to the idea of seeking strong, athletic legs – we’re pro anything that supports the celebration of a little extra bulk. However, we’d also like to point out that some people really are just naturally light, others have naturally wider hips – at the end of the day, we just want everyone to have happy thighs, that make them feel good about themselves as they look down at their pedalling pins.

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