Lots of women have hip dips. Heck, maybe you have them and never even realized there was a term for them. Next time you’re standing in front of the mirror in a pair of leggings, tight jeans, a dress or your birthday suit, take a look: hip dips (also known as violin hips) are those lovely curves on the side of the body, dipping between the pelvis and the thigh.
Hip dips are totally normal, and women of all body shapes and sizes can have them. It has less to do with weight and more to do with the the way your skeleton was created — kind of like whether or not you have bony knees or a bump on your nose.
Carys Gray, a fitness model from the U.K. with 360,000+ followers, is one of the many women that recently started celebrating her hip dips on Instagram.
“As you can see from this picture and many of my other pictures I have preeeeeetty large hip dips,” Gray writes on Instagram. “For 20 years I’ve picked at areas of my body I hate but not once did I pick up on these! A few years ago I would have… felt insecure and wanted to change them. Now I don’t give a poo what other people think looks good on women or not. I think they’re cool.”
Here’s the photo she’s talking about:
Gray’s fans have been digging the honesty, and praising her for finding the beauty in hip dips, rather than wishing them away.
“Seeing this post actually made me feel much better [about] my hip dips!” writes @funsizechurro. “Ever since I saw this, every time I look at my hip dips they start to look more cool and unique to me.”
And others, like @gracedevinexo, echoed this sentiment: “Reading this made me such more relaxed and now it’s made me realise I’m just unique in a different way to others, so thank you so much.”
Gray also posted another photo wearing an olive-hued body-con dress that hugs all of her awesome curves.
She looks fantastic. But it’s not just Gray’s perfectly-posed Insta shot that should be applauded. Every single woman with hip dips should feel confident and comfortable in her own skin and should know that she looks gorgeous wearing whatever she likes. Plus, well, this isn’t just something you can quietly remove, like coffee stains on your teeth.
So, ladies, if you’ve got hip dips, flaunt ’em this summer. Dare we say it: hip dips are the new mermaid thighs?