By now you’ve probably heard of the thigh gap trend (if you can even call it that) of young women yearning for a space in between their thighs. Well, buckle up ladies — because the new focus is on hip dips, or that concave area right below the hip bone. Some women are afraid of having this indent in their hips, deeming it unattractive and an implication of being overweight. If this doesn’t sound crazy enough, there are even special diets and exercises geared towards diminishing the look of a dip. Getting a six pack seems difficult enough, so I can only image the effort — not to mention interesting exercises — it takes to get rid of these dips.
The fact that there are forums that provide advice regarding how to lose the dip makes me sad for the young generation. With models like Chrissy Teigen and Kate Upton, I thought that we were finally veering towards a “curvy is the new skinny” mindset. After Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, it seemed that waify model-types and diminishing BMI’s became more and more popular. This look isn’t healthy and has even caused girls to second guess their own bodies—hence the growing focus on gaps and dips.
Thankfully there’s a Tumblr entitled “A Hip Dip Appreciation Blog”. This restores my faith in humanity and thrills me to see women posting pictures of themselves, hip dips and all. These women are going against the current and spitting in the face of dips and gaps.
To this, I propose a challenge—a challenge for women to be more accepting of their own bodies and figures and to move away from the body trends. Having a gap, an anti-dip, or a popping collar bone (a pop?) will go out of style just like tattoo necklaces and scrunchies. Then, all that time women spent following body part-specific diets and working out certain areas of their body will be time that could have been spent celebrating the skin they’re already in.
It’s time to stop focusing on the dip.
Photo by Jacobo Canady