I’ve written about the struggles of having big thighs before. From dealing with inner thigh rips in your jeans to witnessing your thigh mass doing the most when you’re sitting down in shorts, big thighs can be a bit of a pain in the ass. And with people still treating the thigh gap as a prized possession, it isn’t hard to feel like like your body image is regularly taking a beating. Even when I’m all, “Yas, thick thighs save lives!” I still can’t help but have days when I’m really not digging the way my thighs jiggle. I even had to deal with some random hater on Tumblr who reblogged photos of me and said that my thighs looked disgusting. Ugh!
But, honestly, enough is enough. I don’t have to like my body every single day, but life is seriously way too short and way too unpredictable for me to avoid wearing shorts on a hot day because of my thigh fat. I cannot continue to let that sort of petty BS make me feel bad, and neither should you. So let’s all work together to make sure that us big thighed girls stop doing these seven things ASAP.
Stop Acting Like Thick Thighs Can't Look AwesomeModel Barbie Ferreira (pictured) is just one of my thick thighed heroes. I love the way she shows them off – it solidifies the fact that there’s nothing unattractive about having thighs that don’t look like sticks. Live shame free, girls. BarbieNox @ Instagram
Stop Being Afraid To Wear ShortsYes, we all have to witness our thighs appear five times their size whenever we sit down while wearing shorts. Yes, sometimes the outline of our crotch is pretty obvious. Yes, the front of our shorts might ride up. WHATEVER. If it's hot, wear some shorts and look like the badass you are. Give your thighs some sun! Lydia from Style Is Style is rocking cute shorts all the time and she looks rad. We need to get on her level TBH. Style Is Style
Stop Caring About Cellulite, Thigh Dimples, EtcCelluite, thigh dimples, stretch marks, weird fleshy bits of skin...literally almost everyone deals with this whether they have big thighs or not. Plus, you can't really do much about it. So why waste so much time getting upset about it? Also, anyone who seriously thinks that any of those things are disgusting is a massive loser who needs to get a life. It ain't that serious. Shutterstock
Stop Getting All Bummed Out By Your Thigh ProfileThis is a problem that I've personally been struggling to come to terms with, which sucks. So, whenever I'm wearing tight jeans or leggings, my thighs always appear to be jutting out whenever I'm standing in a profile. I mentioned this to Gurl editor Jess once and she looked at me like I was crazy and said, "That's just what thighs do!" I instantly felt really silly for getting so worked up about it. If you're in the same boat, it'll take time to get over it, but it's worth a shot. ASOS
Stop Thinking About Thigh GapPeople still GAF about this thigh gap nonsense. I know some people who suffer from disordered eating or crippling body image issues, and I don't want to diminish how severe that can be. But girls, please, most people don't have a thigh gap and you shouldn't have to aspire to have one either. So many sites even have to photoshop them in, like the photo pictured. Don't let that imagery get to you!
Stop Thinking That The Only Acceptable Thick Thighs Are Ultra Toned OnesI love that Beyonce and Nicki Minaj are out there rocking thighs that are thick and lush. But let's be real: They're toned AF! Not all of us are going to have thighs that look like this, and that's okay. You don't have to have a grueling work out plan to love your thighs. Beyonce.com
Stop Assuming That It's An Anomaly To Think Big Thighs Are AttractiveThere are people out there who are going to think that you're a total babe in spite of or even because you're part of the thick thigh squad. And honestly, if somebody wasn't into you because you have big thighs or because your thighs--gasp--touch, then that person doesn't even deserve to enjoy your presence. Bye! Sara M. Lyons
Do you have big thighs, too? What do you do, if anything, to embrace them? Tell us in the comments!