Soo Kyung Bae is Making Headlines for Thigh Gap Jewelry
By now it is pretty safe to assume that everyone, especially women, have heard of, and are probably a little too familiar with, the thigh gap. But, in case you aren’t up to speed on this controversial topic, the “thigh gap” is a space between your inner thighs that can be seen when standing upright and when your knees are touching. It is a standard that is not realistic or physically possible for many body types, yet it remains a controversial measure of beauty. The popularity of this standard has been further contributed to by social media and the thigh gap challenge, which not only spread across the internet, but delivered a damaging message to women – specifically, that everyone should have a thigh gap.
Now that everyone is on the same page, what most may not know is that one designer has taken this controversial beauty standard to another level. Soo Kyung Bae, an industrial design student at the National University of Singapore, has created Tgap, a line of hand crafted thigh gap jewelry to highlight this beauty feature. Well – sort of.
When you head over to Tgap and you’ll find 6 thigh gap pieces in the collection. The jewelry looks like long delicate necklaces, but are meant to be worn with the feature piece centered below your thigh gap. Adjustable chains delicately encase each of your legs to secure the jewelry in place. All of the items are sterling silver with 18k gold plating. They feature geometric designs and are not only hand crafted, but made to order, typically taking 14 working days to be produced. The pieces range in price from $175.00 to $195.00 dollars.
With summer and festival season right around the corner, it may be hard to resist purchasing this new accessory! However, once you settle on your favorite piece and check out from your shopping cart, you are in for a surprise!
Your purchase will not be able to be processed because Tgap is not a real company selling thigh gap jewelry. Instead, Bae launched Tgap to raise awareness of the damage this beauty standard can cause and to spark discussion. However, not everyone caught on to Bae’s true intentions and the site has received harsh criticism from many who did not realize the jewelry collection is fake.
The real Tgap site brings to light many of the body challenges popular on social media that are dangerous and damaging to women and girls body images. The site seeks to educate and raise awareness about how harmful these beauty standards can be. Additionally, the site offers ways one can fight against these pressures, as well as how to access support and/or help.