Is there a less loved part of a woman’s body than her thighs? Companies try to pretend they don’t exist, there’s amachine dedicated just toexercisethem and —let’s admit —it’s probably low on the list of body parts most of us are happy with.
Maybe that’s why we’ve never noticed that they have some impressive powers.
It began with Twitter user @princess_labia posting a musing imagine of the stretch marks on her thighs, comparing their stories to the ones that fortune tellers claim to see in the lines of our hands.
✨show me ur #thighreading✨
— EMO SLUT (@princess_labia) July 20, 2015
The idea took off worldwide, with thousands of women of every age posting their own#thighreadingimages on Twitter and Instagram.
“It’s especially exciting because you get responses like, ‘I didn’t realize how many girls had this’ or ‘it makes me feel more comfortable having these’ or ‘the more I look at them the more beautiful I realize they are,” @princess_labiatold MTV.
The problem with thighs, she continued, is that there’s no “normal” because the images we see are so stylized.
Women took#thighreadingnot just as a call for body positivity, but a chance to share the struggles their thighs have seen — and, more importantly, carried them through to the next adventure.
They used the photos to tell their stories about their past…
#ThighReading #tbt I appreciate this body of mine. It’s been though it all–open heart surgery, two pregnancies and yet sometimes I take it for granted. Thank you thighs for allowing me to run, walk, carry my babies on my hips, lifting, AND dancing. I love you imperfections and all! No photoshop. Full of “flaws”. Stretch marks. And yes, cellulite! But they are crazy strong and I love them and my journey! Share your #thighreading story!
How they go to where they are now…
— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 30, 2015
And their hopes for the road ahead.
— pdbowen (@pdbowen) July 27, 2015
They bear the scars of our weakest moments, because we were strong enough to see ourselves through.
— bagelprincess (@bagelprincess) July 21, 2015
They symbolize our optimism about the future, too.
I’m going to join the #thighreading movement because I think it is so good for people to see all different kinds of bodies and shapes with scars and lumps and marks and whatnot so everyone can have at least one person where they can go “oh, they have that too!” and not feel like they’re strange or different. Also I’ve had these legs for 20 years and I want them for 20 more and then 20 more after that (and so on) and I’m so close to making the 1 year milestone where I haven’t caused myself pain and given my body any new and unnecessary marks ?? so here’s to self love and acceptance ??
And they deserve a turn in the spotlight.
So ladies, love the skin you’re in, because remember…
— Taliana Spears (@babyducks4lunch) July 23, 2015