For those of you out there who always thought you were the odd one out when it comes to your hips, we’re here to tell you – hip dips are more common than you think.
What is a ‘hip dip’?
Also known as ‘violin hips’, the hip dip is the way hips jut out, before curving back into the shape of the thigh. See visual representation below:
Instagram’s latest body-positive movement
This is where it all happens. From coining thigh gaps to mermaid thighs, even thighbrows (look it up), the photo-sharing social media platform has been spreading body-positivity with hip dips. It isn’t a new term though, but there is a rise in hip dip love happening on Instagram right now. Women who were self-conscious about their hip dips have taken to Instagram to share photos of their hip dips, some wary, some nervous about backlash, but all of them equally brave, proud, and beautiful.
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!
HIP DIPS⁉️‼️⁉️‼️ ——– This is something I’ve seen a lot of posts about on Instagram, and not something I realised was a ‘thing’ until recently ! – LADIES DO NOT FEEL SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT HIP HIPS! So many people have this, including me clearly!!! As far as I’m aware from research, it is to do with a combination of the shape of your body (mainly pelvis) and your gluteus medius…pls correct me if I’m wrong! My glute med need a lot of work because they are weak, which may in time help the appearance of my hip dips but it’s not something I waste time worrying about☺️ – Please don’t start to dislike parts of your body because someone else feels that way about theirs💞 chances are no one notices anyway, particularly if its a ‘problem’ like hip dips! – Wearing @forever21 and @armatura_clothing – #positivity #motivation #fitness #hipdips #glutes #workout #fitfam #fitnessblogger
pretty personal/nerve wracking post because I’ve never ever posted anything about this before (let alone an old image from 2012 in the second picture) but I think it’s important. the #bodypostive movement is v. close to my ❤️ as both a (very much) recovered anorexia sufferer and someone growing up in a society where social media (and it’s unrealistic expectations) is so powerful. the body positive movement has been really helpful over the years, full of inspiring + healthy women normalising all shapes and sizes. thankfully, after years of work + perseverance I am a confident and very very happy human being but body hang ups of course still exist (e.g. my dislike of having little scoops on my hips instead of a perfect hourglass shape). But instead of hiding my insecurities, I’ve learnt it’s important to embrace and accept, so here is my contribution to body positivity and a mini celebration of #hipdips and #recovery because nothing beats being healthy 💜
Trends come and go
Lastly, don’t ride the trend waves, remember to love yourself and what you were blessed with.
Try not to fall into the trap of trading one beauty ideal for another. Although it’s wonderful there’s a current trend of appreciation for ‘hip dips’ and ‘thighbrows’ which is such a great thing-to see beauty in different features. The presence of someone else’s beauty is not the lack of your own. (Even if there is a popular focus on a particular body feature) When the trend has passed that doesn’t mean you have to go back to resenting your exterior because you don’t embody the media’s latest ‘body part trend’ Some people will never have prominent collar bones, some people will never have a huge bum, some people will never have thighbrows and hip dips. You look exactly how you are supposed to at this very moment in time. Embrace the body you were born into 💞💞💞💞💞 #hipdips #thighbrows #bodypositivemovement #bodypositive #bodypositivity #selflove #stopselfhate #illustration #illustrationproject #embracethesquish #rolls #scarrednotscared #stretchmarks #diversity #artistsofinstagram #illustrator #instaartist