The thigh gap, as it is known, is a small, hollow cavity with a huge following on social media. You can follow supermodel Cara Delevingne's thigh gap on Twitter or peruse thousands of thigh gaps on Tumblr with images of ultrathin women in bikinis, hiked up skirts, and lingerie, all baring thighs so thin they don't touch. The photos, shared by young women, come with captions like, "Three more inches to go" and "All I want in life is a thigh gap."If you can stand straight with your knees together and see a space between your upper thighs, you have what thousands of teen girls are dangerously willing to starve themselves for.
Women have long been bombarded with unrealistic images of beauty and digitally altered bodies. A decade ago, teens flocked to pro-anorexia websites which shared similar photos and tips for disordered eating. But the thigh gap is the first "thinspiration" voice in social media, where sharing with friends spreads and fuels the obsession.
can't believe what some girls are encouraging each other to do, to be so unhealthy and all look the same,"