The thigh gap is one of the scariest fitness trends going around. So is photoshopping models to make them look scary-thin. Target has hopped aboard both of these trends and the result is NOT pretty.
Target has been caught photoshopping swimsuit models to create a thigh gap, as well as skinnier arms. If you look at the picture, you will notice that not only is this model missing a crotch, but she has a spike coming out of her arm. Legit, right? Yikes, Target.
The photos have since been removed from their website and a spokesperson for the company has issued an apology to Buzzfeed. “This was an unfortunate error on our part and we apologize. We have removed the image from our website.”
As a college student who is anxiously awaiting summer, this freaks me out. When I wear a swimsuit, I want to feel comfortable and not worry that people are noticing I don’t have a thigh gap. So to all my fellow lady college students (and non-college students, all ladies!)–it’s okay if you don’t have a thigh gap. No body is the same as another! I know it’s cheesy, but it’s true: you are all beautiful no matter what shape or size you are. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds before swimsuit season, take a yoga class with your friends or choose broccoli over mashed potatoes at dinner!
This is an issue girls my age need to be concerned about. We need to stick together and build each other up, not discriminate based on who has space between their thighs. Last time I checked, that’s not what made me beautiful. Beauty is really on the inside. Too many girls are starving themselves and suffering from eating disorders trying to obtain this ridiculous goal. Let’s encourage each other to love ourselves the way we were made!
I don’t mean to be too preachy, but I think it is worth being said. Love yourself!
Source: E! Online