“Ribcage Bragging” is the phenomenon in which celebrities, models, and, well, anyone, stretch out and pose in such a way that their rib cage protrudes through their skin, and then show it off on Instagram. Apparently, according to observations made by the Daily Mail, the more “defined” the rib cage is, the more “desirable” your figure is.
This trend is just further contributing to other “thinspiration” trends. These trends are making people have unrealistic body goals and a negative self image, argues critics. There’s no doubt that many impressionable young people see these pictures and think negatively of themselves, trying desperately to achieve that same body type as their favorite reality-star (often using unhealthy methods). Bella Hadid and Kourtney Kardashian are some of the most followed Instagram users out there, and they’re constantly posting pictures like this.
Other models like Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday are posting positive body-image pictures, using hashtags like #beautybeyondsize and #effyourbeautystandards.
The takeaway here is that we need to teach (and learn) a positive self image, and not compare ourselves to every (often airbrushed and photo-manipulated) picture we see online. This isn’t “skinny shaming” either, just a PSA about promoting positive self body-image, and not compromising one’s health trying to achieve something like this.