Social media bans ‘legging legs’ trend. “This is disgusting” | Nina

Social media bans ‘legging legs’ trend. “This is disgusting” | Nina
Social media bans ‘legging legs’ trend. “This is disgusting” | Nina

There is currently a problematic and now banned trend circulating on social media: ‘legging legs’. Women with very slender legs, who look great with tight leggings, are praised. Countless people react indignantly and with buckets of criticism. “All legs are suitable for leggings!”

Very slim legs and the ‘thigh gap’ (a gap between your legs because your thighs don’t touch each other, ed.) seem to be back with a vengeance. The unhealthy beauty ideal was popular for a while in the 2000s and is now making a real comeback, thanks to the ‘legging legs’ trend. Women share videos of themselves in tight leggings or yoga pants in which they show the space between their thighs.

Because yes, leggings are back in fashion: can be seen on various catwalks and in collections of major fashion brands such as Miu Miu, Ferragamo, Saint Laurent and Blumarine.

From left to right leggings in the recent autumn collections from Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saint Laurent and Blumarine. © Gamma-Rapho/WWD/Getty Images

“This is asking for an eating disorder”

The hashtag leggingslegs amassed approximately 33 million views on TikTok in record time, before the video platform finally intervened and took the hashtag offline. It now refers users to information about eating disorders, because the impact of the now banned social media trend cannot be underestimated.

He is said to promote conditions such as eating disorders and morphodysphoria, better known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Previous research into the influence of social media on self-image has already shown this. The central idea behind the ‘legging legs’ trend is that only one body type is the ideal.

Such trends can be very triggering, especially for those who struggle with weight, an eating disorder or their self-image or body image, some experts say in English-language media. “This is asking for an eating disorder. And I have two teenage daughters at home,” responds American TikTok star and former cheerleader Shannon Cole.

As early as between the ages of 6 and 10, girls start to worry about their weight. From the age of 14, as many as 70 percent of young girls are actively trying to lose weight, according to data from the American organization ‘National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders’ (ANAD). About 12 percent of adolescent girls develop an eating disorder as a result.

@loveshannoncole ♬ original sound – Shannon Cole

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All legs are ‘legging legs’

Countless other women reacted with outrage and strong criticism to the dangerous trend. “This is yet another unrealistic beauty standard on social media,” says health and fitness coach Mik Zazon. “People with a ‘thigh gap’ only owe this to their genes, hip and bone structure,” she emphasizes in her video.

“Now a lot of young girls probably think that they were born with the wrong body. Or that they can’t wear comfortable leggings because they don’t have a gap between their thighs. We really need to stop such trends. Social media is so harmful and toxic. Our purpose in life is not to fit into a certain item of clothing or beauty ideal. Because that changes almost every week,” Mik Zazon continues.

“Do we understand what such videos do to young girls and women? We impose a wrong and toxic ideal of beauty on them. They will never dare to wear leggings again,” TikTok star Emily Pearl also shouts in her video.

“What a disgusting trend,” psychotherapist Holly Essler also responds. “Don’t let social media impose trends on your body. Do you have legs and do you like to wear leggings? Then as far as I’m concerned you have ‘legging legs’.”

Full-figured influencer Ashlee Rose Hartley also shared her opinion in a video that has already been viewed more than 2.1 million times on TikTok. “All legs are suitable for leggings,” she concludes. This was followed by almost a thousand responses from women who thought the same about the problematic trend.

Also read:

Legs too big for a short skirt? Do this if you are insecure about your body (+)

The return of the ‘size zero’ era declared. Where does our obsession with being thin come from? (+)

Many women deliberately make themselves ugly or hyper-feminine and sexy. What is going on? (+)

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