— Body Matters

Let's talk about ‘thighbrows,' the Internet's latest obsession with our bodies

The media is always letting us know whether our bodies are trendy or not. Instead of just letting us off the hook with a simple “Oh, you have a body? It’s keeping you alive? That’s great to hear, have an amazing rest of your day, enjoy being alive!” we are told that our thighs need to have a gap, or that butts are the new boobs, or our collarbones need to be able to hold a roll of quarters, or any of the millions of things the media tells us about our bodies that make us feel like our bodies aren’t “cool” enough. Boy bands are meant to be trendy. Bodies are meant to be bodies. It’s not fair to ask bodies to assume a role they were never designed to play.

So, as you may have guessed, we have a new body part trend, (drumroll please), the “thighbrow.”

“THE WHAT-BROW?” you ask.

Let’s break it down. We’re not a hundred percent sure where the portmanteau came from, but we first saw the term pop up in Elle.com, specifically in writer Julie Schott’s piece  “Are Thighbrows the New Thighgap?” published yesterday. As Schott explains, the “thighbrow” is a crease that forms on some women’s upper-thighs when you sit or kneel that has the curve of an eyebrow. Let the Kardashian-Jenners demonstrate:

Made in KrisJenner™

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 You’re completely forgiven for not having heard about thighbrows. The Internet only really started talking about thighbrows, well, yesterday, though celebrities like Beyoncé have been modeling them all summer while wearing frongs (ahhh, so many new words! I didn’t know what a frong was either until right now—it’s basically a super high-cut swimsuit or leotard).

Beyoncé-thighbrow-frong take 1.

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Beyonce-thighbrow-frong take 2.

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

Just to be clear, neither Beyoncé nor the Kardashian-Jenners nor any of the celebrities being used as thighbrow examples have used the term themselves. It’s just the articles being written about “thighbrows” that have.

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