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Robin Lawley: “Women have enough pressure as it is without the added burden of achieving a “thigh gap””

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Plus-size model Robyn Lawley has addressed the ‘thigh gap’ trend, which demands legs so thin that they do not touch above the knees. The 24-year-old, who has modeled for Ralph Lauren and Vogue, says she is disturbed by how online, users are posting pictures of thigh gaps to be used as inspiration for weight loss and dieting.

The last thing I would want for my future daughter would be to starve herself because she thought a “thigh gap” was necessary to be deemed attractive,’ she wrote in an essay for The Daily Beast.

After an image of Miss Lawley appeared on a pro ‘thigh gap’ Facebook page, where she is bending forward, a gap seen between her thigh, the model said she was saddened not only by the page itself, but by the response of users.

‘Degrading and humiliating comments followed. I was called too “hefty” to be featured. The word “PIG” was often used to describe my appearance and my thigh gap was said to be not big enough.’

The model decided to weigh in on the topic herself, after 900 comments that picked apart her size 12 body. She wrote on the Facebook post: ‘You sit behind a computer screen objectifying my body, judging it and insulting it, without even knowing it.’

Miss Lawley expressed her dismay at the thought of having to change her entire frame ‘just to achieve something that seems so trivial.’ ‘I’ve been trying to do just the opposite,’ she explained. ‘I want my thighs to be bigger and stronger. I want to run faster and swim longer. I suppose we all just want different things, but women have enough pressure as it is without the added burden of achieving a “thigh gap.”‘

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Nat
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YES ROBIN

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AlyssaMoh

For real, i know?

Crazy ever changing beauty standards. I forget the link, but if you Google “1950s beauty pageant score sheet” you can see the various flaws they used to demerit the contestants: sloping shoulds or too narrow shoulders, knock knees, hip shape etc. One of the demerits was ‘gap in legs’ ! Its amazing how that was viewed as a significant figure flaw then but in style now

Namrata
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Namrata

She is stunning. That second last pic took my breath away. For real.

I would agree with her here. The “thigh gap” phenomenon is one of the more ridiculous ones. Personally, girls with a wide thigh gap look like they’re 12, and that’s never sexy. To me at least.

Why can’t “muscular legs” or “reduced risk of heart disease” ever be a phenomenon? Why thigh gaps?

Liv
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The thigh gap is crazy… I have very narrow hips and my thighs tough and always have.. .and I have “skinny” legs as proclaimed by many if not all my female friends… what a stupid standard of beauty.

M.Jay
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M.Jay

Yup, you can be thin as a rail and still not have a thigh gap, because its all about bone structure and the shape of your hips/pelvis. Had no idea this was such a desired standard (outside the world of models) growing up or presently, I cant say any of my female friend have ever mentioned wanting a thigh gap…most women want larger busts, perkier butts, or smaller waists..

ashlee deeben
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ashlee deeben

no its also about fat deposits as well as bone structure

PS
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Stupid indeed, a former colleague just did not gain at all in the tigh area yet she had a typical pear’s hips which caused a HUGE tigh gap that made for a pretty weird look – she was really unhappy with it. And me even being stick thin at ballet there has never been a tigh gap in sight.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Lots of curvy, thicker women have a ‘thigh gap’. It’s about hip and leg shape, not weight.

Liz
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I can’t understand the ‘thigh gap’ trend at all. I mean, really? are we separated body parts instead of a whole woman? are we meant to be judge by something that has to do more with our bone structure than with our way of living? and why the hell would women want to focuse on the space between their legs instead of focusing on achieving deeper goals? what about getting into the ‘i’m going to be a great professional’ trend? I just think is humiliating that women are imposing their selves such stupid trends, and forcing them selves to fit… Read more »
ttttt
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ttttt

Annnnnnnnnnd, the most ironic thing is that your body has to be particularly shaped to have a thigh gap. I am very top heavy/ no waist (think kate upton), could afford to loose 10 pounds AND have a thigh gap. I suppose someone more pear shaped will never have a thigh gap no matter how much weight they loose, so its a loose-loose situation. focus on being healthy, that’s all

maria
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maria

Actually, I’m pear shaped and I do deadlifts and I have a thigh gap. It’s only because I have a wider gait/very wide hips/pelvis. I can put on all the weight and muscle and I have a gap. We need to teach women that you cannot change shape! There is no need to bash women who do not naturally have a gap and women who naturally have a gap.

Catherine
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Catherine
Ya, I thought it was odd Robin said she’d prefer strong legs that can run, swim, etc, as opposed to a thigh gap. They’re not mutually exclusive. When my legs gain muscle and bulk they still retain a thigh gap. And I’d also like to add another n=1 about different body shapes having thigh gaps: I am a vase, but I also have relatively slim hips, and a petite build (I still wear clothes out of the adolescent section), and my legs just don’t gain weight towards the thigh area. I think it’s pretty pointless to bash both women who… Read more »
Alias
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Alias

I actually think it’s people with narrow hips, yet larger bones and muscles who will have a hard time getting a thigh gap. Pear shapes have wider hips so their thighs can be wider too, and still have a gap.

Lovisa
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Lovisa

Exactly, Im a vase and I’ve always had a thigh gap at weights between 92-110 lbs + I lift weights.

prentendtyme
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prentendtyme

I didn’t know vase was considered a shape. I like it.

Kealia1974
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Kealia1974

It’s an hourglass with a slightly wider and sloped waist.

Catherine
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Catherine

I’d think this would be true, except then I see that many pears have legs more on the thicker side, and so they don’t have a thigh gap. Maybe they’re pears because of their thicker thighs plus skinny rib cage, and not because of particularly wide hips. I dunno, just what I’ve seen.

prentendtyme
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prentendtyme

*lose. Not loose. If you are going to use a word 4 times in one paragraph, get it right.

Anne
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Anne

Tired of people bashing on other women’s bodies. I get her message, that starving yourself is not what we should be teaching women, but with my natural bone structure, I have a thigh gap. I’m a healthy weight and exercise regularly. I’m tired of being told I’m not a real or sexy woman because I lack some curves. So tired of the body shaming.

Zoe
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I agree that a lot of celebs do jump on the ‘body shaming’ bandwagon quite quickly; however, in Robyn’s case, I can’t really see anything in her comment that’s offensive to women with other body shapes. She’s simply said that having a thigh gap isn’t *necessary* to be attractive i.e. you don’t need to change your diet/exercise regime to obtain one if it’s not your natural body type, not that having a thigh gap makes you less attractive. That’s what I deduced from her comment. 🙂

Liv
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That’s what I got… I do not think she was shamming women with wide hips (like herself) who naturally have one and are healthy… she is saying no woman should starve herself and work out to death just to be so thin her thighs do not touch… especially for women who have narrow hips…

M.Jay
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M.Jay

I have a prominent gap and did not take offense to this quote or interpret it as body shaming, shes just using it as an example of an unrealistic ideal for some people…

Alias
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Alias

No one should be calling her a pig, are they blind? She’s a very
beautiful lady, especially those last two pictures, simply gorgeous.

I personally prefer a thigh gap, but I don’t get the obsession with it – both the sometimes extreme desire to have one, and labeling it as unhealthy or unrealistic etc. It’s more a matter of body shape than it is about size/health etc. Barbara Palvin had a very noticeable thigh gap a few years ago, and Karlie Kloss does not have a thigh gap even if she is much thinner and leaner.

Alyona
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Alyona

A thigh gap is more to do with your natural body structure and less to do with weight anyway. For example, Robin is clearly not underweight or thin but she has a thigh gap. While other women literally starve themselves in hopes of getting a gap with little-to-no gap as a result…due to their genetic make up.
I think it is ridiculous when others bash those because they have a gap, calling them unsexy/saying they look like a child just as much as I think it is ridiculous to deem having one the only way to be attractive.

Veronique
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Veronique

Wow, she’s truly stunning! Love her quote too, she sounds very intelligent. I will have to keep her words in mind. I have one, and I like it, but I find myself falling into a somewhat unhealthy obsession with it…like, always checking to make sure it’s noticeable in whatever jeans I’m wearing, making sure it’s not getting smaller…

Polly
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Polly

But how can she act like all this looks nonsense is trivial, you are a MODEL. You become such to display your looks, be critiqued on your looks, etc…Sure if she was a physicist I would think she has some merit saying that she is above all this… She is stunning really, though.

RACH
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RACH

Heavier than I like for sure, but way way way way way way more beautiful than the usual plain janes i see on this site even the thinner ones.

SA girl
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SA girl

Thigh gap or not, such a beautiful face! This lady is really something extraordinary facially, heightwise, and physique. As I said it before, she looks stunning in these images. I tend to admire all body shapes, voluptuous, skinny (like myself), hourglass, etc…

faidy
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faidy

Am I the only one who thinks that she is perfect and shouldn’t be considered a plus size model?

solaxia
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solaxia
That’s true. Especially considering that so much of it is to do with your structure. I have wide hips but I also have big dancing thighs…so the gap ain’t ever happening for me. Even when I was underweight! My mum has wide hips, but also slimmer legs and she always has a thigh gap, even at her highest weight which was overweight. Anyway, Robyn is so stunning. I don’t think pictures do her justice. i just remember her in motion in that swimsuit commercial thing and omg. Seriously one of the most beautiful faces I think I have ever seen.… Read more »
ary
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she is GORGEOUS

Ioana Lungu
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Ioana Lungu
I love this woman oh so much. She looks like a goddess and she says some really intelligent things in her interviews. I feel the same about my thighs: I want them to be strong and muscular, but then society makes me feel like s— for not having stick legs (although I do have a gap due to my wide hips and bone structure). Furthermore, it’s practically impossible to achieve a thigh gap if you don’t have the bone structure for it, unless you starve yourself. All athletes have legs that touch, because of their developed adductor muscles. The thigh… Read more »
Mara
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Mara

She needs to teach me how to look & feel so comfortable in my skin. She’s absolutely breathtakingly stunning.

Spence
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Spence

I don’t really get the thigh gap thing, because it doesn’t even neccessarily have anything to do with being skinny. I’m normal weight, and it doesn’t matter whether I put on weight, or lose it, my thighs never touch (Well, they might, when I get obese). It’s just anatomy, everybody is built differently, and never has a guy, (or anyone for that matter), commented on my thigh gap :D, legs, ass, but never something non-existent, like a stupid gap.

Liv
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I love her… never thought she was “plus” size… just a taller bigger than most woman girl.. but her body matches her height… too thin super tall women have never been appealing to me… she is one classic beauty… And every time I see her.. I’m always like “DAMN!”

Sophie
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Sophie

She’s gorgeous, face and body. Who gives a ff— about thigh gaps!! Some people naturally have them, and, imo, girls who ‘strive and starve’ to have one, need help, and a hobby.

DD
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As a Nigerian immigrant, when I came to this country as an adolescent, and heard for the first time of this “thigh gap”, I immediately put myself on a drastically calorically reduced diet in order to achieve it, which for me didn’t happen until I was 19 pounds underweight. It took years for me to learn that indeed, not all women have this physical trait, nor SHOULD they.

P.S. How gorgeous is she??

Soph
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Soph

How long ago was this? I thought the thigh gap was a relatively recent phenomenon

Dani
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Dani
Firstly she’s beautiful!! And secondly I have never really understood this. I have always had a “thigh gap” but that means my hips are wide and my legs are thin. My hips are around 35″ and you know what, in high school people picked on me for having wide hips!! So if it’s not one thing it’s another. Some people can starve themselves and they just aren’t shaped that way. They have very narrow hips so naturally their thighs are closer together. I wish girls would stop starving themselves for any reason whether it’s a thigh gap or whatever the… Read more »
Jennifer Vance
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Jennifer Vance

35 hips are considered wide on what planet? O.o I guess in proportion to a small waist they could be,but I consider that really small..I don’t think small or big hips are a problem either way.I think it’s quite normal for women to have hips of 35-48 inches.

datarat
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datarat

I think 35″ is wide for hips too, if I get to 35″, something is wrong, stuffing myself, not exercising, etc. 34″ is perfect.

Jennifer Vance
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Jennifer Vance

Maybe wide for your body,but for some women,they couldn’t get that small unless they cut off some of their bone structure.It just worries me to see so many women freaking out over hips being 35″.For pete’s sake,Victoria’s Secret’s models are supposed to have 35 inch hips and you know how tiny many of them are.Not that it’s a bad thing to be tiny if one’s body is predisposed to be that way,just there needs to be more acceptance of women’s hips.

talia
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talia

ugh. How is this girl even plus size? she is flawless.

xAJAx
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xAJAx

It’s the first time a woman took my breath away. She’s beyond stunning. Such an amazing woman.

M.Jay
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M.Jay

This women is the most beautiful face I have ever seen. Absolutely stunning.

james haynes
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im not convinced women feel much pressure towards thigh gaps it ridiculously niche thing i doubt many people are aware that its a thing

Satya
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Satya

the chive has whole sections called “Mind the Gap” dedicated to allowing men to ogle photo galleries of womens’ thigh gaps. first time ive ever heard of men being aware of or caring about thigh gaps on women.

james haynes
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probably even less know what thechive is

Satya
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Satya

see dudes wearing chive tshirts or bumper stickers all the time

Jenny
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Jenny

A thigh gap isn’t just about how much fat you have on your legs. It’s about how the legs too, how they sit on you hips. I’ve always had a thigh gap even though I gained 20 kilos one time. Maybe cause I didn’t gained much in my legs. And I’ve seen skinny girls who doesn’t have a thigh gap so it’s not always about how skinny you are.

jesse
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jesse

she has a beautiful face.

NAO
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HER FACE. HOW is she soo beautiful? who the heck cares about thigh gaps? actually when i had an ed i did. but now that i’ve been in treatment, it is crazy how crazy i was. i still have one but i now hate it, just goes to show many people just don’t appreciate what they have (including me).

ashlee deeben
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ashlee deeben

I was so unhappy when my thighs rubbed together. I hate it so much, always have. Even now, when they get closer I find it looks gross. Its just wrong and shouldnt be there.

sweetestsith
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sweetestsith

To be fair, I think there is a difference between having enough meat on your legs to cause rubbing/chafing (sooo uncomfortable) and having the gigantic crotch-to-knee thigh gap (based on the pictures that come up on pinterest) that people seem to be going for. I kind of like the way the thigh gap looks on some girls, but other times it just looks uncomfortable and awkward. It’s not inherently terrible, but as a standard for beauty I find it *very* odd.

ashlee deeben
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ashlee deeben

I will say it again, I think the gap is awesome and I hate when I dont have it. It is so beautiful on the female body but it does require a workout to get it. No gap is gross.

hanan
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hanan

“plus-size models” term should be “NORMAL-sized models”.
or just “models” , and those really skinny models should call them “tiny-sized models” < because they're the ones who don't look normal.

Megan
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Megan

when i saw she was a plus size model my mouth dropped because she looks so small and she is stunning, im ashamed that ive associated being fat and unattractive with plus sized models wow this has really opened up my eyes

lc
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That “thigh gap” in the second pic def. looks fake/photoshopped. …Which you wouldn’t expect to find since she is touting about how it’s all ridiculous to strive for…

Nádia Sepúlveda
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She wasn’t the one to edit it though, so she can’t be blamed for that.

tequilla
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tequilla

lol, get a job ppl..

Katie
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Katie

Everyone knows that thigh gaps are anatomically impossible for some people, right? Physically impossible, no matter how thin or heavy they are they will never get a thigh gap. I don’t understand the fascination at all.

KC
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I don’t even notice if a person has a thigh gap unless it makes them look really knock kneed or bow legged. That’s how much I care about this trend.

Lisa
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Lisa

Well, now I’m gonna go there…

cnm
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She’s either medically overweight or obese. She’d be beautiful if she exercised and ate better and lost the weight. She is there to be politically correct, and to represent the growing number of overweight and obese women in America, the UK and many other parts of the world.

Kealia1974
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Kealia1974

She is not obese. She is probably slightly overweight and still gorgeous.

cnm
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As I said, medically overweight or obese. An overweight woman cannot be gorgeous, attractive maybe, with a lot of grooming. But the body is 90% of your physical space, your face is like 10, you just can’t overlook the body. She’s fat.

Mia
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You call her fat but I bet she has no problems attracting men. That says more than some catty woman’s response on a blog 😉

indbt
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indbt

Um the original comment didn’t say she had trouble attracting men, it said she was overweight or obese. Big duh on your part.

Iana
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Iana

I doubt she’s even medically overweight. She’s a very tall lady and I’d
guess her to have a bmi around 23-ish, so the upper end of the normal
spectrum. And BMI is a terrible way to judge a person because it only
measures weight, not muscles or bones (and robin seems bigger boned). I
read an interview with an olympic runner who was SOLID muscle but
because of her density she technically had an overweight BMI.

indbt
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indbt

Um, you can tell she’s overweight (overfat more specifically? just from looking at her, not knowing her BMI. She’s fat. What else is there to say about it?

Iana
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Iana

She doesn’t look overweight to me and I doubt to her doctor. End of story.

indbt
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indbt
Then you must be overweight as well. She’s fat. What a lot of you dummies don’t understand is that a person does not have to be a round, rolly polly to be ‘fat’. A person can be overweight or even obese, and not be what many view as commonly ‘fat’. Watch Super Slim Me, that Dawn lady, the doctor told her she is obese in terms of body fat and she acted like all you irrational women do………she threw a hissy fit and called him crazy. Robin is easily 25% body fat, prob. 30%. That is medically overweight, or medically… Read more »
indbt
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indbt

Maybe she doesn’t look overweight to you, b/c you too are overweight and you see overweight women in your neighborhood and that’s all you see.

Or maybe you realize I’m right and just hate to admit it. My bet is your fat too.

truthtellerd
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truthtellerd

Haha you can flag my comments all you want, but your still fat and so is Robin. Bye.

Kealia1974
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Kealia1974

The thigh gap is more of an obsession among women, not men. Most men have no idea of what a thigh gap is and don’t care. Any website featuring women based on thigh gap is for a fetish and there are websites for every fetish that you can think of. By the way, this woman is absolutely gorgeous. Wow…she has a few more pounds on her but pulls it off quite well.

Erin
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Erin

Where outside of tumblr and facebook is thigh gap even a thing?! She can STFU because she’s a privileged, pretty white woman with a cushy well-paying job and an apparent lack of physical and mental disability. She has it easy and can shut up and drop the persecution complex.

missy
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missy

Haha Fat Black and Unhappy. 80% of you guys are overweight and or obese so that explains your ‘hate’. And yes, Robin is fat.

alys41
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alys41

Considering that she is exceptionally tall at 6’2″ and weighs about 180 pounds, she isn’t actually overweight. Her BMI is in the mid- to- upper range of healthy. If she had similar proportions but was scaled to average height, she would probably be a size 4 or 6.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

If women are sitting around worrying about whether they have a thigh gap or not, they need to do something with all their free time like volunteer at a Children’s Hospital or hospice or something. It’s all unhealthy obsession and it saddens me that we torture ourselves like this. It’s important to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise, yes, but it is not important whether after all that you have a thigh gap or not.

Soph
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Soph

You said it.. I think girls in the west are becoming embarrassingly superficial and trivial. I include myself in that, but have taken steps to study more, visit this site less and not worry about such trivial crap that floats around facebook and sites like this. I think other people would be happier if they did the same, because focusing on looks all the time is just plain depressing. Just IMO.

HB
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Fascinating! THank you so much for posting that. I love comparing trends over time.

Soph
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Soph

I love Robin! She is my favourite model, I look her look and I love her attitude. She says some great things in the media and draws attention to important things good for her

anonymous
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anonymous

Obese!

MissMarilyn
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MissMarilyn

THIS IS A PLUS SIZE MODEL!?!?!? She doesn’t look plus sized to me. Not slender but not anywhere near plus size either my goodness

Iana
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Iana

I always thought they should have a category between plus and HF. ANTM tried to make in “normal size modeling” than “fiercely real” (oh tyra…)
I like “Middle-Seized Modelling”
what do you think?

MissMarilyn
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MissMarilyn

i don’t think there should be a difference or any kind of label. Models are models. I’ve always been under the impression that designers should use models of all healthy body types, so that would range into slimmer bodies and some of the thicker ones. Different clothes look best on different body types.

Versus
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🙂 thanks, glad you like it!

Fran
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Fran

Barbie Doll= thigh gap.
Ken = no discernible genitalia equally acceptable?.

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