No, My One Piece Bathing Suit Doesn’t Hide My Non Thigh Gap Either
I just read this article on Huffington Post called “This swimsuit ad proves you don’t need a thigh gap to wear a bikini”.
I mean, I get what the article and mostly its title are trying to convey. They are trying to encourage us to embrace our bodies and know that we are beautiful whether a size 2 or 22.
I didn’t know there was a rule about thigh gaps and bikinis.
Bitches, I have been doing it wrong for like 20 years. How come nobody ever told me about this rule? How am I not arrested by the Beach Patrol?
Thigh Gap? Are you kidding me? The only time my thighs aren’t touching is when my legs are wrapped around something. Like when horseback riding, for example. Perverts.
Seriously though. Is that what women have been told all their lives? That if you don’t have a thigh gap you are too fat to wear a bikini? Somebody needs to call the swimsuit stores, because I would estimate that only about 25% of women out there have a thigh gap. And if you look in the stores, about 75% of the bathing suits on the shelves are indeed bikinis.
That ratio seems a bit wrong doesn’t it?
I mean, where are they hiding all these one piece bathing suits that come down far enough to cover up this hideous flesh touching that is going on between my legs?
Oh. RIGHT. The non thigh gap bathing suits are hiding over there…..right next to the potato sack aisle.
Jesus Fucking Christ already.
This swimsuit ad proves nothing to me. Except perhaps that we are still busy trying to label and manage everybody elses wardrobe according to ridiculous standards of beauty that don’t even fucking exist. And don’t get me wrong, the women in the ad are stunning and I think the intended message is good.
But it doesn’t prove that you don’t need a thigh gap to wear a bikini. It may prove that retailers are now starting to understand that all women have worth and deserve to feel beautiful. Or at least they are starting to realize that women are rejecting this stupid beauty ideal and wised up that there is money to be made off of women of every shape and size. That its ok to still wear gorgeous clothes if you are bigger than a size 6. Maybe it’s a good place to start, but to me its also a reminder about we still see any deviation from impossible ideals for many many women as imperfections.
Ladies, your non thigh gaps are perfect. Your hips that bore children are perfect. That extra flesh around your belly is soft and perfect and part of you. You don’t need a swimsuit ad to prove that to you. Just put on a fucking bathing suit and go swimming. If we all just start doing it it will become the normal thing and nobody will need to prove anything to you about your body anymore.
Bikinis are for everyone. One pieces are for everyone. Last time I checked, a bikini exposes some flesh around the tummy, and leaves my thighs alone. A bikini does nothing to affect my thigh gap. Or lack their of.
So fuck off.