Order by newest oldest recommendations. But the growth of Instagram and other social media has allowed the concept of a thigh gap to enter the public consciousness and become an alarming, and exasperating, new trend among girls and women. Asked whether the fixation on skinny thighs is a way of forcing women's bodies to look pre-pubescent, Franklin says: "This culture has encouraged women to infantilise themselves. In their place are scantily clad celebrities. S he may have modelled for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia , but when a photo of Robyn Lawley wearing a corset appeared on Facebook the responses were far from complimentary. Caryn Franklin, the former Clothes Show presenter who co-founded the diversity campaign All Walks Beyond the Catwalk , is quite appalled. Selfies commonly show one part of a person's anatomy, a way of compartmentalising body sections to show them in the best light, and the thigh gap is particularly popular.
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It's a path to an eating disorder. Shimada, now 26, is about to launch her own fanzine, A-Genda , which aims to use a diverse range of models to show young women "something healthy to aspire to". Loading comments… Trouble loading? But the growth of Instagram and other social media has allowed the concept of a thigh gap to enter the public consciousness and become an alarming, and exasperating, new trend among girls and women.