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Gabriela Herstik
March 24, 2017 2:42 pm

Ah, summer. The season of swimsuits, lemonade, and plenty of sunshine. As we mentally and physically prepare for the season, we also take into account the ridiculous beauty standards that women are held to. From the concept of the “bikini body” to the idea that women have to be hairless to be beautiful, there’s a lot to fight the patriarchy over.

But the most recent pursuit of the ass-kicking women of the internet is the hashtag #BigThighTwitter. And yes, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The hashtag was started as a response from Twitter users over the idea that every woman has to have a thigh gap to be pretty.

If you ever want to feel like the world is a beautiful place, just jump on the hashtag. Women of all shapes and sizes are sharing photos of themselves that make them feel #flawless, regardless of what beauty norms society tells us we have to give into.

Although the internet can be a dark hole of hate and general disgust, there is also a much more positive and inclusive environment that exists on sites like Twitter, which allows users from all over the world to connect.

A huge part of the self-love struggle is not feeling represented or included in the mainstream’s idea of “normal.” But thanks to hashtags like #BigThighTwitter, women can come together, support each other, and show off when they’re feeling themselves.

Skies out, thighs out — apologies not necessary.

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