Hip dips – maybe you've heard this terms before, maybe you haven't. I have, because a few years ago while scrutinising myself in a gym changing room mirror (while wearing very snug leggings), I realised that rather than curving all the way round like Beyoncé's, my hips sort of came in a little in the middle. A bit like a violin shape, if you will.
After that, I became fixated on my "abnormal" hips, comparing them to all the perfect Kardashian-esque figure-of-eight bodies dominating my Instagram feed. A quick Google search soon pulled up a tonne of articles about 'how to get rid of hip dips' or 'surgery for hip dips' which only added to my spiralling self-consciousness.
People were searching for how to surgically correct this part of my figure that I'd only just noticed (after twenty-odd years on the planet)? I immediately added hip dips to my mental list of 'things to hate about myself' and began shifting my weight onto one hip when posing in pictures to "round myself out". Until one day, after years of agreeing with the internal voice telling me I looked "weird" and "boxy" in skinny jeans, I tried another Google search term: 'women with hip dips'.
This time around, pictures of women – like me – in their pastel gym clothes, bikinis and fitted dresses came up. They were all shapes and sizes, and they too had hip dips – and I thought, well, they're all a bit bloody gorgeous... so why couldn't I think the same thing about my own figure? It made me realise the importance of seeing other bodies like your own and that actually, life is too short to feel sh*tty about yourself. That brain space could be put to far better use. I put my skinny jeans back on. In the spirit of that, here's a round-up of some of my favourite hip dip appreciators.
Calling out the toxic 'fitspo' industry one post at a time, body confidence influencer Danae Mercer took to Instagram to highlight just how easy it is to hide hip dips on social media. "Ever wonder why fitspo [influencers] don’t seem to have HIP DIPS?" she asked her 2.4 million followers. "They’re so gosh darn easy to POSE AWAY and HIDE."
"Now POSING can be darn fun. And if that makes you feel fierce, amazing" Danae adds. "But don’t let the INTERNET convince you your HIP DIPS are BAD or that no one else has got them. Basically, hip dips are GENETIC. And so darn COMMON."
In her post, she also explains exactly how certain influencers get away with posing away their hip dips, including popping their legs, keeping their core tight and pushing their bum back.
"So remember that whether you’ve got hip dips or smooth hips or jiggly bits or WHATEVER, you’re doing great," she reminds us. "Social media is filtered."
Never one to shy away from celebrating every inch of her body, body confidence influencer Nelly London is leading the way when it comes to some hip dip lovin'.
"Have I mentioned that hip dips are completely normal and a very natural part of our bone structure?" she asked her 457k followers on the gram. "I think I might but just wanted to double check."
On her self-confessed "quest to dismantle beauty standards" body confidence influencer Alex Light wants us all to remember just how natural hip dips really are.
"I'm here with a little PSA that hip dips are a result of our bone structure, they're beautiful and you're good exactly as you are!" she said in an inspirational message on Instagram. "No filler (yep, #hipdipfiller is a thing), surgery or exercises to remove them required."
Model and mum-of-three Ashley Graham is no stranger to celebrating her body, and frequently takes to Instagram to celebrate her hip dips. We! Love! To! See! It!
Another brilliant Instagram account to follow for a regular dose of self-love is Laura Désirée's – she even has a highlight reel dedicated solely to her hip dips. Laura posts about how "cute" they are, alongside detailing her empowering story of recovering from an eating disorder.
The fashion blogger recently spoke out about how her feelings towards her hip dips have changed and how she now sees them as "perfectly imperfect". Writing about her journey, Cam told her followers, "I most likely had hip dips all my life, but never noticed until one day I searched on Google “uneven hips.” That’s when I discovered the term and that it’s common (and normal). It became an insecurity of mine because I thought the appearance of my hips looked so awkward. Why are we so hard on ourselves over the silliest things? Fast forward, my hips (uneven and all) are imperfectly, perfect!"
One personal trainer is such a fan of her hip shape that she lovingly referred to them as 'hip dip goals' in one post – and we can't help but agree. Three cheers to Jess for this candid shot in which she explains that she never even noticed her hip dips until she spotted people sadly asking how to get rid of theirs.
As well as documenting her fitness escapades, student journalist Anabel detailed her relationship with her body in a post showing her hip dips off in their full glory. "People have different body types and I’ve only recently discovered that no matter how heavy my weights are or the amount of protein I consume, I can’t change the bones in my body," she wrote. "Love your hip dips guys!" Amen to that.
Former model Tara shared a story along with her hip dip appreciation post, about a time that a photographer stopped mid-shot to debate whether or not they could edit out her "problem" hip shape. Sadly, the incident dented her confidence for a while, but these days she's more than embracing her shape and wants to be "a reminder to the world that you are perfect just the way you are, whichever way you curve – inwards, outwards, it DOESN’T matter".
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