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Hip Dips Are Taking Over Instagram & We Are Loving It

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While it’s true that the internet is still a mean and horrible place, there’s no denying that we’ve come a long way since the dawn of the thigh-gap obsession.

Everyone’s starting to acknowledge that each body is different and that’s okay. Case in point: the latest body-trend on Instagram that celebrates the “hip dip”.

The “hip dip” is a cute term for an indentation that may or may not exist between your hips and your thighs. Totally normal, except for the fact that women have been embarrassed about and trying to eliminate this natural shape. Personal trainer Kelly Bakewell wrote on Instagram, “I’ve had clients asking how to get rid of them. They are very normal!”

Since rounded-hip and hourglass bodies have been portrayed as ideal in the media as of late, women have gone to great and often dangerous (here’s looking at you, waist trainers) methods in an attempt to achieve the famed body shape.

It’s important to note that the hip dip is not only completely normal – it’s also something you can’t get rid off because essentially, it’s nothing more than the place where your femurs connect to your pelvis. So we’re glad that everyone’s celebrating their beautiful hip dips on Instagram today.

Lately on my dash I’ve seen lots of posts about hip dips. I just want to let you know that they're normal! It’s part of our anatomy, and on some is more noticeable than others. It all depends on your body type, muscle, and fat distribution. 
In case you didn't know, the femurs connect to the pelvis. Wow! Reference the 2nd picture if this is confusing!
That is exactly what a “hip dip” is. The space on the sides between the top of your pelvis and your femurs. You get a hip dip from being born with a skeleton. Incredible. Everyone has one, but sometimes it’s not as noticeable. Men and women have it, but it’s more noticable on women because our hips are usually more pronounced. Like I said earlier, it’s about fat and muscle distribution, as well as your own unique skeletal structure and shape. It's often more visible on those with wide, high-set hips. Some women have it more noticeable, some don’t, but it doesn’t mean it's not there. Everyone 👏 has 👏 them 👏 Seriously, you'll have one as long as you keep your skeleton. Can they be decreased in appearance by losing excess fat? Sure, to an extent. But guess what? I had quite pronounced ones even at my leanest, when I carried so little fat that I stopped getting my period (this was unhealthy, I know). Hip dips are NOT the same as a muffin top. Sometimes they can create a similar appearance in clothing, but it's not!!! The same!! Thing!!! I've also seen people saying that hip dips can be filled out by working on your gluteus medius. That could be true for some people to a certain extent, but unless your hip dips are already barely visible, it's absolutely fucking ridiculous to think they'll be significantly filled out by growing a part of your glute. I know mine sure won't. They're too big, and that's okay! But go throw your money at whatever booty builder program you want and see if I care. Honestly, the visibility of mine is my biggest insecurity. I don't know why or at what point I was taught to hate them, but I was, and I'm working on unlearning it. It's really helped me seeing other girls on here post about theirs and NORMALIZING it. So here are mine!

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If you need us, we’ll just be over here admiring our hip dips.


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