How do you want to define your Thighs? Is that a weird question? Well, it is generally considered a ghost word in some people's vocabulary.
But, have you ladies, got a perfect word for your thighs? Are they 'magical' or 'complicated' or 'splendid'? May be, you don't have an answer.
But we've discovered some audacious women who are showing their thighs with immense confidence to promote body confidence while they feel feminine at the same time.
I recently encountered the best shots taken by American photographer Damon Dahlen who took series of photographs of women's thighs under 'Thigh Project.' Under this, women in the age group of 20-70 years, posed with their thighs. These women defined their thighs in one word. What we've obtained here is totally amazing. They may not be ideal or perfect but they're beautiful.
Let's hear what these women have to say. Below are quotes of women about their thighs. We have withheld the identity of these women.
"Unfortunately, most of the time I don't like my thighs much because of the dimples, otherwise known as cellulite, otherwise known as fat. When you get older, you begin to show up less and cover up more. Well, I like to be bare, especially of course in the summer. Not feeling comfortable in a shortish skirt or shorts -- never mind a bathing suit - is not fun. Then, I think about the fact that I am healthy and strong, and to hell with my dimply thighs. I'm just glad I have them."
"I used to be a little self-conscious of my thighs -- I thought they were too big. I no longer feel that way, and I'm not totally sure why. I think as I've gotten older, I've gotten more comfortable in my body, which is a really gratifying feeling."
"I selected the word 'resilient' because my thighs and I have been together through thick and thin. Literally. They've never let me down. Their size and shape may have evolved from svelte to chubbier, but they serve their purpose and keep me rooted to the earth -- moving, walking, running and dancing, forward."
Source: The Huffington Post
"I go through periods of feeling pretty self-conscious about them because I have a lot of stretch marks. But when I mentioned that to my boyfriend a few weeks ago he was like, 'What are you talking about?' which reminded me that no one is as critical of my body as I am."
"My chosen profession necessitates standing in a kitchen all day where thoughts of thighs gravitate towards buttermilk and flour and deep-fat frying. I rarely think about my thighs, other than to wish they spent more time in the sun."
"On the whole, I like my thighs. They are muscular and strong. I have moments where I wish they were smaller, or that they didn't touch quite so much when I wear dresses -- bike shorts are my best friend in the summer -- but for the most part I am OK with them."
"My thighs have always been outwardly (and inwardly) indicative of my passion for sports. I bridled at this heightened attention throughout my teens because adolescents don't really know how to deal with muscular girls besides destroying their self-confidence or fetishizing them. But then I went to college and joined a rugby team, and suddenly my thighs were the smallest in the room. The pride I feel about my thighs and legs wanes every now and then whenever I'm shopping for a cocktail dress or pale jeans. But I'm dating a very long-legged woman whose shape couldn't be more opposite to mine, and living with her has taught me that ladies on the other side of the fence have their qualms, too."
"I really love my thighs. I love the strength of them and how I can run for miles with them. There have been times (notably when the 'thigh gap' was trending) that I didn't like my thighs, but thanks to Nicki Minaj, Bey and Rihanna, I love my thick thighs. I would never want anyone else's."
"My thighs have been the focal point for the majority of my body image issues. I can still remember how they went from being twig-like and girlish to 100-percent soccer player muscle between my sophomore and junior years of high school. While I've since learned to embrace them for their strength and tone, I still have my days where I feel self-conscious about how they look spilling out of my summer shorts, or how my thighs rub together when I walk on the beach in my swim suit. The thigh gap will never happen for me, but I can win any squat challenge. It's just that, some days, I struggle to maintain perspective on which of those feats is more important to me."
"In my younger years, I got caught up with the premise that I needed to be improved upon and I passed that feeling right on to my thick upper thighs. I spent 20 years running to keep my thighs lean and toned, but there was a price to pay in the form of exhausted, tired legs and tight quads and hamstrings. Two years ago, while I was out running, I realised how tired my legs were, so I stopped dead in my tracks, turned around and walked home. I haven't missed running one day since. Now I tone, strengthen, stretch, revitalise and appreciate my healthy thighs through the practice of yoga, walking and hiking. I can honestly say that I feel better about my thighs at 58 than I ever did at 28, 38 or 48!"
"My thighs deal with a lot. They show signs of both long runs and my penchant for 'breakfast chocolate' equally. And they have literally and metaphorically been a foundation for my growth. I have gone through all the angst in terms of body confidence issues throughout my life, and I've seen my thighs change and reflect both internal and external struggles. Every Bruise and Nick have a story, and I've learned how to wear those with honesty, despite my occasional flare-ups of insecurity. I am proud of my thighs, just like I'm proud of the rest of this body that I've worked to keep healthy and real and happy."
"These are the thighs that allowed me to dance in a professional ballet company at the tender age of 10 years old. They are the thighs that helped me secure a Division I track and field scholarship to college. Most recently, they are the thighs that I tightly gripped as I birthed my beautiful son. They have changed shape and form over the years, but I can't allow my appreciation to waver -- a task that is easier said than done. However, at the end of the day, they are amazing. My ample, dimpled thighs might not meet society's standard of beauty, but they are stunning and everything to me. And really, that's all that matters."
"With a good tan, a few days on the Stairmaster and my favourite pair of jorts, I feel like they're one of my greatest assets. But most of the time, I get distracted by their imperfections -- a bruise here, some cellulite there, a funny vein over here. It's only after a weekend of dancing when I really appreciate them for their strength because if the music is good, I'm not stopping no matter what the time is (and neither are they)."
"In my culture, having a curvier shape is the beauty standard. Having thick thighs conforms to that, and I definitely embrace it. My feelings toward my thighs depend on how fit am I. When I stop exercising for a period of time, cellulite and flabbiness can definitely make me not like my thighs. But when I start exercising and my legs firm up, I truly love my thighs. Right now I'm in between the two."
"I vacillate between resenting them and appreciating the feminine curves they add to my body. I feel the best about them when I'm not focusing on how they make me look, but what they can do - they can pedal my bike up a steep hill; they can keep my body stable in a difficult yoga pose, and they can power me through a long hike. I'm fickle about how attractive they are, but it's hard to hate them when they're such a source of strength."
"There are some days where the last thing I want to do is put on shorts, because I know I'll spend the whole day prodding at my pasty thighs or trying to sit as strategically as possible so they don't flatten out on the bottoms of chairs and look bigger than I feel they already are. I've wasted an inexplicable amount of time and energy in my life worrying about the fact that my legs don't necessarily fit into what society says they're 'supposed' to look like. As much as I think I've shaken that the older and more confident in myself I've grown, it's still something I find myself worrying about. Luckily, those days seem to grow farther apart with every year. In the end, these thighs are uniquely mine. They've taken me around the world and they take me to bed each night. I love the way my thighs ache after a good run, how smooth they are even in the dead of winter when a razor is more a distant memory than a daily reality. When I look at them today, I don't worry about how they'll fill out my shorts, but I see all the places they've gone or will go, and I'm proud."
"As a kid, I felt like my thighs were too thin. After watching 'Sailor Moon,' I noticed that the Sailor Scouts didn't have a gap between their thighs. I had really thin legs with a thigh gap and it made me hate them. I would even try to stand differently to hide my thigh gap and how skinny my legs were. I really think the lack of a thigh gap is so beautiful, sexy and womanly. So as I've gotten older I've only grown to love my thighs more and more!"
"I feel pretty good about them, but to be very honest I don't spend a lot of time thinking about my thighs one way or the other. When I do, it's usually, 'Should I try to conceal this ill-conceived tattoo?'"
"I've always had a love/hate relationship with my thighs. Growing up, I think they were the least favourite part of my body, especially since I have a birthmark that goes up my entire right thigh. And as I've gotten older, sometimes I'll celebrate my thighs and then one day I'll feel really insecure. Lately, though, I've been really trying to be confident in the beauty of my body exactly the way it is, so I'm feeling really good about them! They are a beautiful part of me!"
"Overall, I tend to be pretty self-conscious about them. They are always a larger part of my body; they never tan like the rest of my body even when I try; and as I've gotten older, they've gotten dimply and riddled with cellulite. I often worry that if someone just saw my thighs, they would think I'm about 20 years older than my actual age. I wish they didn't jiggle so much when I walk. I also hate how they rub together when I walk and that any time I wear a dress or a skirt I have to liberally rub a gold bond anti-chaffing/anti-friction glide stick all over them. Despite all of these issues and insecurities, these thighs have taken me a long way in life. They have taken me to foreign countries, gotten me through grad school and helped me move to four different states in four years. They've supported me as I ran my first half-marathon, despite their stubbornness and constant stiffness in the hours and days that immediately followed. These thighs have seen and experienced life with me and carried me through it, and for that, I'm proud of these thunder thighs."
"They're not genuinely the beautiful or the special part of my body but I under appreciate them sometimes. I'd rather appreciate these as I consider them a powerhouse during my workouts and physical activities."
"These are not my favourite part in the body but they're OK. At least they're supportive. Thanks to the spinning I've done so far, they're much stronger now than they used to be."
That's why I'm thankful to the Photographer Mr Damon Dahlen who has got them all captured.
"I can run, dance and squat over public toilet seats. Funny! But sometimes I feel a little hypocrite because I've got these from my genes and for which I'm grateful."
"I generally feel pretty good about thighs. I receive weird or judgmental comments about them once in a while, which can throw me off. But for the most part, staying active and healthy helps me focus on what my body can do rather than what it looks like to other people."
That's all folks!