With the constant pressure from social media and the entertainment industry to achieve what society deems as an ideal figure, it's inevitable that ridiculous trends like the thigh gap will arise. Just when we were about to cry in disbelief at a company that sells thigh gap jewellery, our faith was quickly restored once we dug a little deeper into what they stood for. Thankfully, TGap jewellery doesn't actually sell expensive, handcrafted body pieces that inappropriately dangle in between the legs. The fictional company's collection is a front to shine light on the issues of this obsession with thigh gaps. TGap's mission is to "catalyse a debate on the unrealistic body image social media portrays." When anyone attempts to actually purchase the jewellery, they are met with a page explaining the mission of TGap, stats on body image, and links to get help if you are suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
The Medical Director of Washington Centre For Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda is cited on TGap's page, stating how women and girls put themselves through "extreme dieting" just to achieve that space between thighs that social media especially has been promoting. Not only is the trend problematic, but it's also encouraging people to pursue a physical feature that only a minority of women have. According to the Director of Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program, most women don't have this thigh gap — including those with "little fat on their legs." We're just not physiologically programmed to have it since it depends on the shape of our pelvis and hipbones. What's even more shocking is the statistic that 80 percent of men and women view their body as "wrong."
The media is powerful enough to influence our dieting and lifestyle decisions, and we love how TGap seeks to counter this in a satirical way. Their jewellery line did catch our attention, after all! So resist giving into the pressures of a "perfect" body and learn to embrace all of you.