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Women With 'Mermaid Thighs' Are Taking Over The Body Positive Movement

06/02/2017 03:54 EDT | Updated 06/02/2017 04:22 EDT

If you've got mermaid thighs and you know it, kick up your heels!

If you aren't yet aware of the hashtag, which has been kicking around for about a year, we'll let Instagram do the explaining for us:

#thickthighs ! Heck yes! #mermaidthighs

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It's also a direct response to the "thigh gap," that difficult almost-impossible-to-achieve space between your legs that many women have been told throughout their lives is part of the "ideal" body shape.

For Kenzie Brenna, who describes herself a "self-loving actress," it's all a part of her #selflovebootcamp, which is why she shared this image on Instagram last week, telling her followers, "You're allowed to take up space in the world, you're allowed to have knocked knees and big thighs. You're allowed to gain weight. You're allowed to not just have weight gain in the 'acceptable' places. You're allowed to not fit into the status quo and still feel fly as fuck."

(Gasp I know multiple posts within just a few hours, hi hello 🙋) For today's #selflovebootcamp we explore the topic of the dreaded thigh gap. These posts still get to me! Even after a year on this journey. But, here we go 😅💕 YOU 👏 DONT 👏 NEED 👏 NEGATIVE 👏 SPACE 👏 TO 👏 BE 👏 VALUED 👏 I'm so grateful that last year I came across @nourishandeat and @bodyposipanda because I DID have that goal, I wanted to take up less space in the world and I wanted to be thin in the right spots and "phat" in the right spots. ❌ Turns out my body isn't made out of plastic parts and I couldn't transfer fat from my thighs to my boobs or ass ❌ (at least not w out a lot of money and time 💰🕑) I didn't know #mermaidthighs could be celebrated because I never ever saw that shit being embraced until I SEARCHED FOR IT. 🐠🏝🌈 Guess what! You're allowed to take up space in the world, you're allowed to have knocked knees and big thighs. You're allowed to gain weight. You're allowed to not just have weight gain in the "acceptable" places. You're allowed to not fit into the status quo and still feel fly as fuck. ⚡️ You make the rules ⚡️ Happy Monday my fellow babes. #thunderthighs #bigthighsbighearts #endbodyshame #mybodymyrules #ilovemyself #evenwhenitshard

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The Toronto-based body-positive activist once had an eating disorder, and now dedicates her time to helping others get over these preconceived notions of what makes a body beautiful.

And there are plenty of people who would agree.





The mermaid thighs trend is similar to #BigThighTwitter, which was a hit on the social media site in March, and continues to be so. Plenty of women proudly started tweeting pictures of their legs.




Big thighs, thick thighs, mermaid thighs — all we know is, we're happy to see people embracing the idea that thighs come in all shapes and sizes, and they're beautifully glorious.