TikTok users SLAM ‘disgusting and toxic’ ‘legging legs’ trend that sees women showing off their thigh gaps in skin-tight workoutwear – warning fad is encouraging eating disorders among young girls
What exactly is the ‘leggings’ scandal taking over TikTok – and why is this craze so ‘harmful’ and ‘toxic’ according to some social media users?
Many young women on the video-sharing platform defined the term ‘legging legs’ as a thigh gap visible in the spandex pants – but this proved to be controversial.
Searching for ‘legging legs’ on TikTok brings up a combination of videos – young women showing off their thigh gaps in spandex under the search term ‘perfect legging legs’, alongside women speaking out against the ‘toxic’ trend.
Women on social media are upset, thinking the trend is bringing back the ‘thigh gap’ for Gen Z and encouraging unhealthy eating habits.
Gen Z women showed off their thigh gaps in leggings on TikTok, including New Jersey content creator Mia Griggs, 20
Gen Z women showed off their thigh gaps in leggings on TikTok, including content creator Mia Griggs20, in New Jersey.
A few followers loved the content, with one commenting: ‘Such a beautiful girl.’
However, others were less impressed, expressing that anyone can wear leggings and feel comfortable in them, no matter what their bodies look like.
‘Yes, yes. You have them. Congratulations,’ one person chuckled.
‘I’ve always thought of leggings as something to use to get comfortable, especially when nothing else would fit,’ another commented.
One user hit back with, ‘all legs are leggings legs’, as another agreed, ‘how to get leggings legs: 1. Have legs, 2. Wear leggings.’
Influencer Mik Zazon, whose content focuses on casual fashion and eating disorder recovery, made a video that bucked the body shaming trend, which she shared with her 1.7 million followers.
The health and fitness coach from Columbus, Ohio explained: ‘People who have thigh gaps only have them because of their genetics, because of their bone structure, because of their hip structure.’
Women on social media are upset and think the trend is bringing back the ‘thigh gap’ for Gen Z and are encouraging people to wear leggings no matter what
“Now, we have young girls out there who think they were born wrong,” the wellness influencer continued.
“These trends have to stop,” Mik said.
“Social media is so harmful and toxic, we have young girls right now who think they can’t wear a wardrobe essential that’s comfortable that can be paired with so many different things because they don’t have a thigh gap.
“Our only goal in life is not to fit into clothes and to fit into whatever standard of beauty is right now because they change every few weeks, if not weekly,” Mik told her followers.
She ended the video by proclaiming: ‘We don’t do that.’
Influencer Mik Zazon, whose content focuses on casual fashion and eating disorder recovery, made a video addressing the body shaming trend, which she shared with her 1.7 million followers
And Mik’s followers completely agreed with her message.
‘I put leggings on my legs, that’s why I have leggings. Thanks,’ one commenter joked.
‘I’m on the side of social media where I’ve only heard of leg laying by people getting angry about it,’ wrote another.
Some took the trend a little too far, with one woman writing: ‘Easy to tell when you have perfect leggings.’
“I can’t even remember if my thighs have ever been separated, they depend on each other,” joked one commenter.
Some users are sharing photos asking if they have ‘legging legs’, while others are concerned that history is repeating itself and have pleaded for the trend to stop
On X, formerly known as Twitter, the response was much the same.
Some users shared photos asking if they had ‘legs’, while others worried that history was repeating itself and pleaded for the trend to stop.
One person tweeted: ‘People acting like “legging legs” new if it’s just ‘thigh gap’ renamed?
‘Influencers, advertising and the media will recycle these ideas until the end of time to keep women insecure so they can capitalize on our insecurities and shame.’
Another wrote: ‘All these TikTok trends about laying legs… it feels like we’re circling back to 90s magazines when they gave everyone eating disorders and I hate.’
Others thought the popularity of the trend was being blown out of proportion.
“I’ve seen more videos on TikTok of people saying ‘I can’t believe leggings are trending it’s disgusting’ than I’ve actually seen videos about leggings.”