Thigh Gap or No Thigh Gap.
SomeoneLikeYou Thursday, January 16, 2014
Striped Shirt, Loafers: Thrifted.
High Waisted Jeggings: Forever21.
Beret: American Apparel.
Cat Watch: Gift from Erin.
Key Necklace: Gift from my Aunt.
Black Satchel: c/o Handbag Heaven.
Frames: c/o Firmoo.
Lipstick in MAC's Russian Red.
I'll never forget one moment that changed my body image forever.
I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 6 to 16 so I spent a lot of time in a bathing suit. Growing up I was never stick thin, but as I hit my preteen years my body really slimmed down and toned up with the help of the rigorous swim practices. Around that time I was still on the heavier side but starting to gain confidence in my body as it grew more fit. Then I was given a big set back.
I was at a meet one day for a summer team and my relay team, a group of three other girls and I, were standing behind the blocks waiting for our event to start. We were just casually talking and then, one of the girls looked at me up and down in my swimsuit and got this smug look on her face. She glanced down at her thighs and smiled and said, "you know, if your thighs touch, you're not skinny." Of course she had a perfect, wide gap of space between her toned and tanned thighs and I looked down at mine. A young girl who in that instant, knew that her thighs didn't touch and they would never not touch.
Probably 10 years later and this occurrence still is so vivid in my memory But you know what this post is for? To say screw that and those standards. I don't care if it's hip to have a thigh gap. I don't care if I'll never have one and my thighs over lap and then some. I'm glad that through the past few years I've been able to not care about a dumb thigh gap and realize my thighs are perfect the way they are. I embraced this sentiment by buying these high waisted jeggings over break that show every single curve and bump on the lower half of my body. But I like them because this looks like me and it looks like the thighs, stomach, and hips and behind that I've grown to love.
Whether you have a thigh gap naturally or you don't; love that lower half of yours. It's the only one ya got.
With much love, Lauren.