The New Year brought a new trend named ‘bikini bridge’ that has gone viral on social networking sites. The Urban Dictionary describes the recently emerged phenomenon as, “when bikini bottoms are suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen.”
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr soon caught on and reported it as the latest trend in looking good.
“People with poor body image who are at risk or actively struggling with disordered eating tend to fixate on particular body parts; there is nothing new about those obsessions,” said NEDA’s Claire Mysko in an e-mail to the Washington Post.
“What is new is that coined terms like ‘thigh gap’ and ‘bikini bridge’ – and the news articles, images, hashtags and social media comparisons that come with them — have given those obsessions larger and more competitive platforms.”
The term ‘bikini bridge’ has been around since 2009, mostly on pro-anorexia forums, said Katie Lowe, who blogs about health and body image at FatGirlPhD.com. Now that it’s gone mainstream, “I think (it will) be very difficult to shake,” Lowe said.
Last year ‘thigh gap’ captivated the social media sites, and was slammed down as a ‘tool of manipulation’ by Aussie model Robyn Lawley.