Remember #thinspo and #thighgap? Once the plague of Instagram, these anorexia-glorifying hashtags have (thankfully) fallen to the wayside. Society’s definitions of health and beauty are (slowly) expanding. And while scrolling through Instagram is by no means the healthiest of activities, these days, the social media channel is more a loudspeaker for the body-positive movement than it is a source of debilitative diet porn.
Change didn’t happen overnight. The body positive community has fought to make Instagram a space for body acceptance and self-love, spurring on hashtags like #effyourbeautystandards, #loveyourlines and, most recently, #hipdips.
“Hip dips” refers to the dip between your outer upper thigh and your hip. As hip dips aren’t a universal feature, those who do have them sometimes feel self-conscious. Now, there’s a movement on Instagram to reclaim hip dips, embrace them, celebrate them. Users are posting stories of their journey towards self- (and upper thigh-) acceptance, along with the aforementioned hashtag. At present, the tag has 1,377 posts.
Scroll down to read some of the more inspiring messages.
So…heres the thing….I’ve had a lot of issues around my body, and because I’m not large, I’ve always been dismissed, as if my struggles aren’t real because they aren’t the same struggles as others. I used to workout because I wanted to look better. I hated that I had #hipdips or saddlebags as the older generation called them, and that I had cellulite on my rear end. I now absolutely LOVE how strong my body is, even when my stomach isn’t flat and I have a double bum. I LOVE how I actually grew 2 entire human beings and they are turning into little actual people, who will be real adults later. From my vagina. That’s what I did. I LOVE that I’m strong enough to pickup my husband and piggy back him around the house. I LOVE MY HIPDIPS AND MY CELLULITE AND MY FRECKLES AND MY WRINKLES AND SAGGY MOM TUMMY AND MY CROOKED TEETH AND MY “PROBLEM SKIN”. I love everything that I used to hate. Because not a single person in this world, is just like me and I’m fucking awesome. So are you. You are awesome. And beautiful. I love you. I hope you love you too!! #bodyacceptance #selflove #yogalove #yogalife #tattoos #tattooedyogi #strength #happiness #energy #meditation #fityogi #gratitude #goodvibes #goodvibesonly #blessed #yycyoga #practiceandalliscoming #fitnessmodel #jainawear #yogapants #girlswholift #love #yogaleggings #activewear #fitnesswear #fitness #fitlife #inversionjunkie
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So I’ve been seeing a lot of “hip dip” Fitness posts. I had to Google this term. Turns out I have them! But I didn’t get them through training. I have had them since puberty to date. I HATED them! @beautee52 ..Remember how we complained about these in high school? I remember at 11 years old, I asked my mum for liposuction to decrease my thighs, and then pump the fat into my “hip dips”. She then asked me to bring a knife from the kitchen, that she would perform the surgery for free Funny how things become trendy. I am trending. Will enjoy the moment #girlswithmuscle #natty #naturalmuscle #ladieswholift #drugfreelifting #fitfam #fitnessandfashion #witnesstofitness #offseasonfigure #fluff #operationgetripped #hipdips #maybeshesbornwithit
embracing my tummy rolls in candid pictures because that’s THE REAL ME . . i love food and my relationship with food is finally at a really healthy point and i never hope for it to change . food is such an essential part of living, you should never feel guilty, disgusted, or disappointed in yourself for eating. . just be mindful about what you eat. eat intuitively and enjoy food! . life becomes far more enjoyable when you aren’t worrying about the extra slice of pizza you had savour every moment and enjoy the tastes life has to offer! . . . . . – @gabi_hirsch . . . . #dimples#thunderthighs#thick#thighbrows#curvyfashion#curves#confident#cellulite#curvygirl#bopo#bodyposi#bodypositive#plussize#plussizemodel#positivity#pyjamaday#hipdips#everybodyisbeautiful#johannesburg#loveyourself#loveyourbody#acceptyourself#sablogger#selflove#southafrica#stretchmarks#fashion#nowrongwaytobeawoman
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I never wear pants. I was made fun of as a kid for not having skinny legs, ditched them for skirts and never looked back. Honestly, when I have to wear pants I break into a sweat… But lately, I’ve been focusing a lot more on being happy now then striving for some perfect, ideal me. So I just wore the pants & I’m not even mad about it. Wear what you want to wear and never look back. I might need this same set in black now. Obsessed. #hipdips Outfit: @pinupgirlclothing.
I wanted to be real here, because this page is about me and my journey and I don’t ever want to put off that I look a certain way when I don’t. yes I pose, yes I use my best angles, yes I will find good lighting, yes I’ll flex. We all do, but I just want to show that this is how I look on a typical day before the gym. This is my body head on, standing straight up, not posing, this is what it would look like if you are to see me in person. This is my hair 9/10 times cause high pony is life, and this is what I’m typically wear; a crop and high waisted leggings to suck it all in but show off the waist I have inner thighs, I have hip dips, I have cellulite by my booty, and more often than not I’m a sweaty hot mess but that’s who I am and I’ll embrace it. Focus on loving yourself and not what others think. It’ll help you tremendously to feel confident in your own skin. Do what makes YOU feel happy day in and day out. For me the gym and eating a well balanced diet makes me happy regardless of what anyone else thinks. I go to the gym, eat my food, and don’t give a damn what anyone else has to say about it because that’s my life and how I want to live . . . #doyou #fitnessmotivation #beyou #confidence #confident #dowhatyoulove #loveyourself #loveyou #selfconfidence #embraceyourself #highpony #bare #nomakeup #thisisme #me #reality #selflove #hipdips #thickthighs #thinkslim #thickthighssavelives
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This is the body positive rallying cry the #thighgap and #abcrack generation needed.
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