Saturday 3 December 2016

Enough! ‘Thighbrows’ become the latest body image craze that we didn’t need

Published 15/09/2015 | 14:54

The now-infamous 'thighbrow' - as demonstrated by Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner
The now-infamous 'thighbrow' - as demonstrated by Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner

As if 'bikini bridges', 'thigh gaps' and hashtags which endorse 'thinspiration' weren't enough on social media, 'thighbrows' is the latest phenomenon to be given the spotlight.

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The term refers to the fold in the skin at the top of the thighs, emphasised when the woman in question is kneeling or sitting down (particularly in a highcut, revealing swimsuit.)

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We saw it on Instagram a while ago. We wanted to ignore it, and hoped it would go away. But alas, it remains and so we feel obliged to explain it.

Due to the word spreading like wildfire on social media, an online dictionary definition has already been coined.

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"Thighbrow (noun): The crease between your thigh and your hip that appears when you sit or kneel down. Originating from Instagram, and used in sentences like: 'look at my thighbrow', and 'my thighbrows are totally great today'. Derived from 'eyebrow' - because of the way they create two curved arches over your thighs. Most commonly sported by Kardashian-Jenners. Or people who unironically use the word 'bae.'"

Unsurprisingly, the trend has its root in celebrity culture - with women like Beyoncé, Rihanna, the Kardashians and Selena Gomez highlighting its existence.

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Unlike the infamous 'thigh gap' which saw females yearning for legs so slim that they didn't touch together, 'thighbrow' is more a celebration of a shapely figure and curvy hips.

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But at the end of the day, it's just another reason for women to obsess over both their own and their peer's bodies. In the fickle world of social media body shaming - we are intrigued to see what flash in the pan comes next.

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