Designer Creates Thigh Gap Jewelry, But Not For the Reason You Think

posted: 03/30/16
by: Briana Finelli

The company TGap Jewellry launched their website this week with a line of dangling jewelry pieces... for a woman's thigh gap. But there's more to it than meets the eye.

The collection includes six gold-plated pieces, each with a unique design, like the fringe, crescent, and the hinge, all coming in at around $180. Yes, almost $200 for a piece of jewelry that hangs between your legs.

Try not to lose faith in humanity too quickly, though. Upon heading to the checkout with your thigh gap jewelry selections, you're met with this pretty inspiring message from TGap:

It reads: TGap Jewellery is a fictional company that sells jewelleries designed for thigh gaps. It is launched to catalyze a debate on unrealistic body image social media portrays.

Now that's something we'll buy.

Here's the issue: With a growing thigh gap obsession, is the concept of thigh gap jewelry really that unbelievable? Today's unrealistic beauty standards have idealized almost every part of the body including flat stomachs, perfect eyebrows, visible rib cages and collarbones, and yes, even thigh gaps. This leads to girls and women going to dangerous lengths to achieve these beauty "ideals."

Tania Heller, Medical Director of Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, is quoted on the page: "There's an increased trend in which girls and women are engaging in extreme dieting in pursuit of a so-called thigh gap." According to research by Angela Guarda, director of Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program, fat isn't even the issue when it comes to whether a woman has a thigh gap or not. It's actually all up to the pelvic girdle and hipbones; if a woman has very little thigh fat, but narrow hips, she could still not have a thigh gap.

The site goes on to provide eating disorder statistics and help outlets for anyone suffering from an eating disorder or any other body image issues. Hopefully, the launch of TGap Jewellery sparks conversations about unhealthy body standards so that things like thigh gap jewelry never become a reality.

Bottom line: The media has a pretty big effect on how people, especially women, feel about themselves and their bodies, so spread some positivity and love yourself because you're perfect the way you are.