A new body trend has replaced the 'thigh gap' – and it could be even worse

By Kim Abrahams
10 May 2017

Unfortunately, this #bodygoal trend seems to have been unwittingly started by celebs themselves.

First there was the thigh gap trend, which saw girls posting full-length mirror selfies in a bid to prove that their thighs did not touch; because the bigger the gap, the larger the success of achieving #BodyGoals.

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Mercifully, the outrageous trend died down when it was slammed by celebs like Meghan Trainor and Beyonce.

First came the thigh gap and now ribcage bragging: a worrying new body trend sweeping social media currently. Do pics like this pile pressure on women to be skinny? Link in bio.

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But just when we thought we could finally close the door on the damaging fad, in sweeps another: ribcage bragging.

Ribcage bragging, as it was dubbed by Daily Mail, is exactly what the name suggests -- sporting a bulging ribcage in your social media snaps.

Reality television star Kourtney Kardashian and model Bella Hadid are among the celebrities that have shared bikini pictures of their ultra-slim bellies on social media, where their ribcage is clearly visible. Intentional or no, it's spurring on fans desperate to look the same.

"Just to drive the point home, Bella Hadid’s scarily skinny image has received 718,000 ‘likes’ to date," Mail's Sarah Young points out. "That’s a lot of fans thinking that having ribs so prominent you can count them is a good thing."

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“Isn’t it about time they paused to consider the message that these images communicate?” Young adds.

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Besides, what is cool about sporting what looks like a cheese-grater on each side of your stomach?

Sources: independent.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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