Pick any four-centimetre sized space on your body and there’s probably an ‘imperfection’ there that you’re (supposedly) meant to be worrying about.
But had you ever heard of ‘hip dips’ before?
It’s a name for the small indents below our hips and above our thighs – also called ‘violin hips’.
When your freaky hips start trending and you realise it's not just you! ???? here's my hip dips aka the reason I'm always in my beloved Joni jeans in an attempt to make them look less prominent. If I place my hands over the top half I can almost visualise what 'normal' round hips look like, but today I'm happy to be part of the 5% club ⭐️ #hipdips #happy #skeleton #shape
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And instead of worrying about them as they once did, Instagrammers are choosing to celebrate them.
Using the hashtag #hipdips, bloggers are posting photos of themselves showing off, not hiding, that part of their bodies.
????????HIPS DIPS???????? The awesome @iamleyahshanks put up a great post on TBCR Facebook page about "Hip Dips". I know, it sounds bizarre, but I have a feeling some of you will get me. I had this image in my head that my hips had to be perfectly rounded and smooth the whole way down. My hips however, don't do that. My hips, even at the height of my ED, have always had these "hip dips". I completely forgot that it was something I was so concerned with as a young girl. I think on many occasions, we are made to feel like our body shape is a problem. We are bombarded with ideas like "you're a pear so you wear this" or "you're actually an apple so don't wear that dress." Like bro, I am not a fruit, I am a woman. I AM HUMAN SHAPED. It's just another one of those seemingly insignificant details that I remember obsessing over, and I honestly want this account to try and promote the idea of not obsessing so much. There is no good or bad body shape. We just are what we are. ???? . . . . . #bodypositivity #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #bodyconfident #bopo #bodylove #hipdips
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“For years and years growing up I hated this part of my body,” wrote Instagammer Lexie Thiery.
“I didn’t understand why my hips sunk in so far and made me look boxy and odd shaped.
“But over the years, and through practicing [sic] self love, I’ve learned to see this as just another part of me that makes me beautiful.”
Let's talk hip dips. For years and years growing up I hated this part of my body. I didn't understand why my hips sunk in so far and made me look boxy and odd shaped. But over the years, and through practicing self love, I've learned to see this as just another part of me that makes me beautiful. I may never have fully loaded glutes like some girls have, but I'll look hella good with the body I've made and continue to make despite that. My hips are beautiful. They have the ability to carry another living human someday…Refuse to tear your body down, because it can do amazing things. No stigma of the negative "hip dip" saying I am odd and need to do this or that to correct it to be more proportional will make me any less or any more of the person I am. So imma just accept this part of me, and love the crap out of it. You should too. ❤️ Special thanks to all the empowering woman who inspire the crap out of me to love my body for how God made it. ???? #hipdips #bodyimage #selflove #truthtalk #loveyourself #bodypositive #recovery #recoveryisworthit #selfmotivation #fitspo #fitspiration #fitnessjourney #fitfam #fitnessmotivation #iifym #teamrtsf #iifymgirls #bodybuilding #bodybuildingmotivation #mentalhealth #health #healthymind #macros #macrocounting #flexibledieting
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“Realizing that it’s not just me that has this body type has made me feel so much better about myself knowing that others deal with the same things that I do,” wrote 17-year-old Kylee Tomlin.
But as well as those defiantly fighting back against their existing insecurities, for others, the #hipdips hashtag has lead to the discovery of an ‘imperfection’ they never realised they had.
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And another, a 22-year-old called Charlotte, said: “So today i learned i have hip dips and I will never be able to achieve my life goal of looking like Kylie Jenner so I hereby officially give up – #hipdips #what?”
So while it’s empowering for some, for others, is it having the opposite effect and making us feel insecure about something we never worried about in the first place?
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