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The Thigh Gap: What Is It, and Why Are Girls Obsessing Over It?

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A thigh what? That was my response too when I first saw a friend’s Facebook post about this topic. And then a quick search revealed a number of articles and disturbing websites about the thigh gap and why young girls are so desperate to have one. (Beware: If you do a Google image search, prepare yourself—it’s pretty terrifying).

In short, a thigh gap is the space between a woman’s thighs when she stands with her feet together. The look is considered trendy, and now teen girls everywhere are trying to get thigh gaps of their own, many in unhealthy ways.

Here at Birchbox, while we love a good sweat session and strive to stay healthy, we’re more about embracing our natural quirks and curves. So, in an attempt to dispel this craze, I’ve compiled a short list of celebs who are all wildly successful, gorgeous, refreshing gap-free examples.

1. Rihanna
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These are the legs that scored RiRi the “Celebrity Legs of a Goddess” award in 2007. It was true then, and it’s true now. (Photo: Pete Goddard/Splash News/Corbis) 

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The Real Deal on Eyelash Extensions

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I never really gave much thought to my eyelashes. They’re just long enough, thick enough, and dark enough to be low on the list of body parts that I worry about (high on that list are my wobbly math teacher arms and my nose—Roman if you’re being generous, angular if you’re not). 

Then I met Jordana Rothman—and Jordana Rothman’s eyelashes—which, really, could have their own Twitter following. They’re exceptional. So exceptional that I found myself reaching out to touch them, completely oblivious to my social gaffe. “Are they real?” I had to know. 

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Backstreet Boys are Back (Again), Kim and Kanye’s Maybe Baby Name, and More
Oh, Backstreet Boys. Le sigh. Our favorite ’90s boy band is back with a brand new single: “In a World like This.” Let the nostalgia commence. [Buzzfeed]
Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s baby name may have been revealed—and it starts with a K. [Refinery 29]
Former beauty director of Teen Vogue, Eva Chen, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Lucky. Here’s why she’s the best person for the job. [Fashionista]
Applying lipstick is simple in theory, but bold lip colors can be tough to pull off. Use these five easy steps to score a seriously perfect pout. [She Finds]
Don’t tell A, but Pretty Little Liars hair stylist Kim Ferry is revealing the secrets to the show’s coveted beachy waves and more. [Beauty High]
—Geraldine
Getting a gorgeous bold lip requires the perfect shade. Customize your very own color at Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab.

Backstreet Boys are Back (Again), Kim and Kanye’s Maybe Baby Name, and More

Oh, Backstreet Boys. Le sigh. Our favorite ’90s boy band is back with a brand new single: “In a World like This.” Let the nostalgia commence. [Buzzfeed]

Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s baby name may have been revealed—and it starts with a K. [Refinery 29]

Former beauty director of Teen Vogue, Eva Chen, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Lucky. Here’s why she’s the best person for the job. [Fashionista]

Applying lipstick is simple in theory, but bold lip colors can be tough to pull off. Use these five easy steps to score a seriously perfect pout. [She Finds]

Don’t tell A, but Pretty Little Liars hair stylist Kim Ferry is revealing the secrets to the show’s coveted beachy waves and more. [Beauty High]

—Geraldine

Getting a gorgeous bold lip requires the perfect shade. Customize your very own color at Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab.

Angelina’s First Appearance Since Surgery, Kim and Kanye Are Having a Girl, and More
Angelina Jolie steps out in a custom Saint Laurent gown for her first red carpet appearance since her double mastectomy. [Fashionista]
It’s official —Kim and Kanye are having a baby girl! [Glamour]
This weekend’s Chime for Change event celebrated women and here’s a celebration of their best looks from the night. [Bella Sugar]
Are epilators worth the pain for fuzz-free legs? [Refinery29]
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was too much to handle, but author George R.R. Martin had his reasons for writing The Red Wedding. (caution: spoilers) [Entertainment Weekly]
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Catch up on all things Birchbox in our weekly Reading List.
(photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis)

Angelina’s First Appearance Since Surgery, Kim and Kanye Are Having a Girl, and More

— Bre

Catch up on all things Birchbox in our weekly Reading List.

(photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis)

Oily Eyelid Fix, Naomi Watts Channels Princess Di, and More
Get your liner to stay put with just a touch of powder and a blending brush. [The Beauty Department]
How exactly does an average 14-year-old spend a day on social media? [Huffington Post]  
Naomi Watts looks strikingly similar to the late Princess Diana in this first official photo from her upcoming biopic. [Perez Hilton]
Never forget to water your houseplants again thanks to this handy new app. [Waterbug]
After only three weeks with lighter locks, Anne Hathaway is back to brunette. [People] 
– Bre
Get summer-ready legs instantly with Caudalie Divine Legs.

Oily Eyelid Fix, Naomi Watts Channels Princess Di, and More

– Bre

Get summer-ready legs instantly with Caudalie Divine Legs.

Yahoo! Acquires Tumblr for $1.1 Billion, Celeb Makeup Artists On Instagram, and More
Tumblr officially announced this morning that Yahoo! will purchase the blogging platform for $1.1 billion. Keep calm and carry on. [Tumblr]
Get long and limber no matter where you are with this handy “yoga on the fly” poster. [Well + Good NYC]
A roundup of the 15 must-follow celebrity makeup artists. [Beauty High]
Like makeup, skincare products have expiration dates too. Find out when to hold on to your serums and when to say goodbye to your masks. [BellaSugar]
Take a cue from these red carpet pros for your best prom ‘do. [Allure] 
Spring weather means frizzy hair, but here’s how to get a handle on it with these 10 fool-proof products. [SheFinds]
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Find out why essentials oils are the best way to freshen up your home this spring.
(Photo: Marissa Mayer’s Tumblr)

Yahoo! Acquires Tumblr for $1.1 Billion, Celeb Makeup Artists On Instagram, and More

– Bre

Find out why essentials oils are the best way to freshen up your home this spring.

(Photo: Marissa Mayer’s Tumblr)

Michelle Obama On Her Second Vogue Cover, Allison Williams’ Best Skincare Tips, and More
Dressed in Reed Krakoff, Michelle Obama graces the cover of Vogue for a second time. [Refinery29]
A St. Patrick’s Day makeup look that isn’t too green. [Her Campus]
The 50 most innovative wellness-related startups. [Greatist]
Why processed foods are more dangerous than you think. [Q]
FYI: Oxygen is the hottest beauty industry buzzword right now. [SheFinds]
Five absolutely stunning eye makeup looks to try for spring. [Beauty High]
Allison Williams dishes on her beauty routine and her favorite products to The New York Times. [T Magazine]
—Charisse
Learn how to match your lipstick to your mood with this colorful guide.
(Photo: Vogue)

Michelle Obama On Her Second Vogue Cover, Allison Williams’ Best Skincare Tips, and More

—Charisse

Learn how to match your lipstick to your mood with this colorful guide.

(Photo: Vogue)