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Just when you thing it can't get worse, women are hit with yet another unrealistic body goal.

The latest craze? The toblerone tunnel.

Yeah, initially I hadn't a breeze what it was, but after a bit of research, discoveries were made. 

This so-called tunnel refers to the little triangle of space between someone's upper thigh area.

You get it though right? The theory is that you could fit a Toblerone through the gap.

Honestly, I'm more likely to shovel a Toblerone into my gob, but hey. 

Instagram is overflowing with celebs such as Cara De La Hoyde, Emily Ratajkowski and Holly Hagan all posting on their feeds with their Toblerone Tunnel on show.

For some reason, I'm particularly annoyed by this trend… if you'd even call it a trend. 

From thigh gaps and 6 packs to massive lips and thigh brows, it feels like every few weeks there's something new and unrealistic to achieve. 

And listen, if you have one of these things naturally, fair play to you, but I BEG you all not to go seeking these goals. 

This new trend has received quite a bit of negative attention on Twitter, with loads of people outraged.

 

 

I'm actually not even sure you can diet and exercise your way to a Toblerone tunnel, so just don't try. 

You're gorge the way you are, I promise. 

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We’ve had the thigh gap, the thigh brow and now the Internet has ever so kindly brought us a new thigh-centred challenge: Introducing #MermaidThighs.

Designed to counteract the controversial thigh gap which has been doing the rounds for the last two years, the mermaid thighs movement is based on the idea that the more your thighs touch the closer you are to looking like a mermaid.

Women around the world have been sharing images of their touching thighs on social media in a bid to promote a sense of body positivity for those whose thighs do not fulfil the criteria of the thigh gap test.  Additionally they’ve been posting images of Disney’s Ariel as well as numerous mermaid thighs quotes.

 

 

 

But while the trend is supposed to be body positive and in some respects could been seen as the antidote to the thigh gap – which was widely viewed as a dangerous challenge – the mermaid thighs movement is not without its critics.

While some Twitter users have taken to the forum to celebrate the mermaid thighs message with comments like “this is my fav thing on the internet.  Bless whoever made this trend,” others have dubbed the tag “ridiculous” because in a sense it is as exclusive as the thigh gap trend.

One woman tweeted “I may not have a thigh gap but my thick thighs make me closer to a mermaid than you twig b*tches” – a comment which is clearly as exclusive as it is celebratory.

 

 

Just chuck me in the sea now. #mermaidthighs

A photo posted by kathrynrosanna (@kathrynrosanna) on

 

 

We’re all for self love but whether you’ve thighs like a mermaid or your thigh gap game is strong, surely it’s best to love yourself without taking down others.

Feat image: Shutterstock

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Khloé Kardashian, Christian Bale and Taylor Swift – they're just some of the people Amy Schumer has been poking fun at of late, but one jibe in particular didn't go down too well.

The comedienne and actress has forged her career on taking the idea of female beauty and femininity and turning it on its head, and she attempted to do just that with a recent Instagram post directed at Taylor. Now though, she's been forced to apologise for it.

Amy's brand of humour didn't go down too well with the legions of Swift fans who accused her of "skinny shaming" the singer with a photo captioned, "Taylor that's not a thigh gap. This is a thigh gap," posted on Monday night.

The photo, which shows Amy and fellow comedy star Bridget Everett in their bikinis, seems to have been a dig at Taylor's Grammy ensemble, a two-piece dress with a thigh-high slit.

Taking to Instagram again today, Amy made an attempt at an apology, though she certainly didn't seem too happy to be doing it.

"That's not a beard this is a beard," she wrote alongside a snap of herself with a blonde wig and a face full of fake stubble. 

"So sorry to anyone with a beard this may offend. I am a comic and should never make fun of myself at the expense of anyone else that I wasn't making fun of in the first place #relax #beard."

She referenced the drama again later on, posting a meme showing the famous Simpsons "That's not a knife, this is a knife," quote with the caption, "So sorry to anyone with a different size knife too."

As for Taylor, she's been dealing with drama from several different sources this week – in her Grammys Album Of The Year acceptance speech she made a thinly veiled dig at Kanye West for his claim that he "made that b*tch [Taylor] famous."

Speaking to the audience on Monday night, Taylor said, "There are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame… you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there."

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Irish beauty Vogue Williams regularly updates fans with behind-the-scenes snaps from shoots, showing off her downright AMAZING body.

Despite being very open about the gruelling lengths she goes to in the gym to keep her lean figure in check, Vogue was the subject of some controversy recently after one photo in particular earned her some negative attention.

Writing in her Sunday World column yesterday, Vogue referenced a photo she had posted last month showing her in underwear, a sweater and knee-high socks.

Many commenters suggested Vogue had Photoshopped the area around her thighs to make her legs look slimmer, pointing at her large thigh gap as evidence that editing software had been used.

"I posted a photo to my Instagram last week during a shoot I was doing. Now I know I shouldn’t read comments on websites but I can’t help myself sometimes," she said.

"I also got some direct mails on Instagram telling me I didn’t need to Photoshop myself, so I thought I would use this opportunity to set the record straight.

"I didn’t Photoshop myself in this picture at all, I used filters, but I don’t even know if it’s possible to Photoshop a picture so small.

And I don’t know how to use Photoshop either!"

If you're wondering how exactly Vogue does get her perfect body, we'd suggest ignoring those Photoshop claims and directing your attention to this:

 

A video posted by voguewilliams (@voguewilliams) on

Oh, and this:

 

Seriously shakey arms after this and a grid class with @mayasaffronhan @virginactiveway

A video posted by voguewilliams (@voguewilliams) on

That should clear things up.

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Earlier this week, Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh shared a picture of herself getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, thanking her stylists for all their help.

Posing in a flesh-coloured corset and nothing else, the star’s slender frame was hard to miss.

Controversy was soon sparked by the model’s visible “thigh gap,” with comments posted on the picture saying things like, “I think she needs to eat a little more” and “How do you live with yourself knowing you may cause malnutrition in women because they desire to look like you and all of the #vs models? How do any of you???? It's honestly disgusting.”

Millie makes no secret of the fact that her lean frame is down to a lot of hard work in the gym and a clean diet. As well as various underwear shots, the star’s Instagram is also full of posts like this:

There’s no shame in having a slender body shape, especially if you’ve worked hard to be as healthy as possible. What’s scary is the growing trend of young women starving themselves to get similar results.

There is a serious lack of education out there about what it takes to have a healthy and slim body. Things have changed for the better in recent years with the growth of female fitness bloggers like Belfast’s Peanut Butter Girl, but there is still a perception among many that thin is healthy, and that the only way to be healthy is to eat less. The thigh gap trend is a worrying result of this belief that being skinny is the Holy Grail.

Open up any magazine or click into any fashion website and you’re immediately presented with images of stick-thin catwalk models. Some we know – Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and co. – and some we don’t. The running theme is that they all have impossibly slender figures.

While some of their body shapes might simply be genetic – Cara herself has spoken about her own thigh gap, calling it an imperfection – the reality is, they can’t all be.

So let’s stop looking to the high-fashion catwalks for our health and fitness inspiration. Let’s instead focus on more fitness-friendly models like Millie Mackintosh. Yes, her body shape might not be for everyone, but we can all learn from her determination and commitment to staying healthy.

Next time you’re feeling like you need a motivation boost, check out some of the pictures from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – they're far more inspiring than anything you'll see at New York Fashion Week.

Slim? Yes. Fit? Yes. Malnourished? No. Something to learn from, surely.

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While the worrying thigh gap "trend" is undoubtedly a serious issue, we just couldn’t resist sharing this hilarious new sketch video.

Like us, the Just Boobs Sketch comedy group are fed up of the glorification of the thigh gap, and they have come up with one of the funniest responses to this worrying new trend.

Featuring a not-so-subtle reference to a certain US fashion retailer, the comediennes play four ridiculously excited fashionistas, all raving about the latest piece of style innovation: thigh gap jeans!

We dare you not to burst out laughing when you see their waddles as they model the ridiculous new product.

Awesome work, ladies.

Check out the epic video, below: 

 

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Beyonce has been slammed by fans who have accused her of photoshopping a ‘thigh gap’ into a bikini photo.

The 32-year-old shared a picture of herself yesterday playing golf while on holiday with her family in the Dominican Republic after her hectic Mrs Carter world tour ended last month.

The Drunk in Love singer is caught mid-swing as she putts on a golf course while wearing a retro two-piece bikini.

The photo was posted on her Tumblr soon provoking a pretty strong reaction from eagle-eyed followers who believe Beyonce used photoshop to make her thighs appear thinner in the snap.

One person wrote on Twitter, “really @Beyonce? We all love your thick thighs. NO reason to photoshop a thigh gap in there…”

Another Twitter follower said, “With her money, Beyoncé should be able to pay someone who is better at Photoshop.”

“Seriously? As someone who sings about empowering girls and women, it’s a shame that you post pictures of yourself that are clearly photoshopped,” said another.

A few fans did however jump to Queen Bey’s defence arguing that it was just the way she was standing and not actually a photoshopped picture.

BEY

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