By Lauren Valenti published
Perhaps inspired by relatability hero Chrissy Teigen, who bucked every supermodel social media trend when she posted a picture of her thighs in all their stretch-marked glory on Instagram, women everywhere are now posting photos of their thighs, unfiltered and proud, with the hashtag #ThighReading. (A much-needed alternative to the ever-harmful #ThighGap hashtag.) It began with Twitter user @princess_labia who posted the following picture and message, cheekily likening stretch marks to the lines on our hands as possible fortune-tellers.
palm readings July 20, 2015
Soon after, a movement began, with other users posting snaps of their own thighs—stretch marks, scars, freckles, and cellulite, et al— in candid fashion.
@princess_labia In my pijies. Here are my thunder thighs w/ a birthmark and burn scar on the left. #thighreading pic.twitter.com/BsMNeZQeEEJuly 23, 2015
I got tiger stripes 🐯⚡️🔮 #thighreading pic.twitter.com/hS7XRWymPkJuly 21, 2015
@xslutever Wear those stretch marks proudly!July 25, 2015
There's no denying that the internet can be a dark place when it comes to body positivity, but the overwhelmingly supportive response to this proud declaration of stretch marks, as well as the Love Your Lines campaign, is proof that it can be uplifting just the same. So here's to hoping that #ThighReading, and other raw, confidence-boosting pushes like it, continue to infiltrate our feeds.
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