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What Is A Thigh Gap? What Is The Reason Behind The Fanbase?

Social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok have brought in different changes in style and beauty standards and the thigh gap is one of the ...

by Susan Debicki

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Social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok have brought in different changes in style and beauty standards and the thigh gap is one of the recent beauty standards that is going viral on social media platforms.

As the name suggests, thigh gap means the space between two thighs while standing upright with your legs close together. This shows that the inner thighs of a person do not touch each other or rub against each other while running or walking.

Through this article, let’s see if there is a particular reason why there is a fuzz on this beauty standard and see if it is good for your body or not. So, read along to know more!

What Is A Thigh Gap?

As mentioned, thigh gap means the space between your thighs while standing upright with your legs placed close. Only recently, the thigh gap has been seen as a symbol of physician attractiveness and physical fitness mainly in women.

Popular social media platforms like Instagram have played a major role in popularizing this characteristic and this has created a deep-rooted interest in many women to achieve thigh gaps, leading to different issues related to their health. 

According to top doctors and experts, the thigh gap is a physiognomic feature that is not natural for all different body types. They also add that following difficult methods like hard diets or exercise to achieve thigh gaps can lead to serious other health issues like eating disorders. With such statements from experts, thigh gaps can be easily included in the category of unrealistic beauty standards set by social media. 

Young Woman Having Thigh Gap

Thigh Gaps – Why Is It So Popular?

One of the events that kickstarted the popularity of thigh gaps dates back years to 2012. In December of that year, the popular Victoria’s Secret Fashion show sparked discussions about the thigh gap of some of the models who walked the runway.

The pictures of these models were circulated and they eventually made their way into different social media platforms and blogs that promote healthy eating and body weight management. Now, thigh gaps have slowly made their way to the list of unrealistic beauty standards set by the internet along with a lot of other such terms in terms of size, shape, and color too. 

Can I Get A Thigh Gap?

So if you are wondering whether or not you can have a thigh gap, note that a lot of work needs to be put into it. However, one thing that you should keep in mind is that the ability of a person to have a thigh gap is more connected to their genetics rather than the workout that they follow. This means that even though some people are slim naturally, they might not have thigh gaps but the same can be possible for a person who is much curvier.

Going a bit deeper into genetics, the thigh gap is connected with the width of your hips and also the position of your hips within your pelvis. So, if you come across anyone promising you thigh gaps with diet and exercise, know that it does not give the same result to everyone and sometimes going beyond the limits can be quite hateful for your body. 

Workouts That Can Engage Inner Thighs

However, if you are very concerned about the fat deposits around your inner thighs, there are a few exercises that you can follow to bring it down. Keep in mind that these exercises do not guarantee a thigh gap and also make sure not to test your body and its abilities beyond a limit to achieve the unrealistic beauty standard. 

Sumo Squats

This is one of the most effective exercises for your inner thighs. The movements from these exercises act on the thighs, glues, and alcoves, making it an effective and beneficial workout. 

➡ Side-lying Leg Lifts

Just like the name suggests, this exercise is performed while lying down. Along with acting on your inner thighs, it is also beneficial for other body parts like your abs and also your hips. 

Side-lying Inner Thigh Lifts

This is another pilates exercise that you can follow to achieve a thigh gap. This workout also helps to improve your stability and it works on your core strength and helps in improving it. 

➡ Deep Side Lunges

This exercise is also effective in targeting your inner thighs along with other body parts of the body. The benefits of this workout include improvement in strength, stability, and mobility. 


Even though thigh gaps are considered a symbol of physical attractiveness, the genetics of a person play a great role in having it. You must be well aware of your body before trying to get a thigh gap and also must take the right instructions from your trainer on the workouts and die that you choose.

Rather than following an unrealistic beauty standard that has the potential to affect you physically and mentally, it is always better to get a balanced diet, good sleep, and stay physically well and active. 

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