February 26, 2024

People have turned the body-shaming ‘I bet she’s fat under all those clothes’ TikTok trend into something empowering

We all love a TikTok trend and – let’s face it – there are plenty to choose from, whether you’re into beauty hacks (hello nail slugging) or testing out ever-so-slightly suspect sexual wellness trends (we’re looking at you, ‘vabbing’).

However, as a social media app, TikTok is not immune from (inadvertently or not) promoting unrealistic body standards and fatphobia. Case in point: the “I bet she’s fat under all those clothes” trend. Yep, it’s as dire as it sounds.

The trend consists of individuals filming themselves wearing baggy clothing to the tune of ‘Love Me’ by Lil Wayne, with the caption “I bet she’s fat under all those clothes. ” They then pull their baggy clothes tight around their body to reveal that – shock horror – they aren’t fat! Consider us deeply unimpressed.

Thankfully, the trend has been called out for perpetuating fatphobic body standards, and people have even reclaimed it, using the TikTok sound to create something that’s actually empowering.

The body-positive take on the trend goes something like this: it starts off in the same way, with the individual wearing baggy clothes and the caption, «I bet she’s fat under all those clothes. ” But instead of tucking in their clothes to reveal a slim figure, content creators share their opinions about the trend.

One TikTok creator @casischaotic trialled the trend in a video with over 1 million views, pulling in her clothes to reveal her own body with the text, “And what about it? ”

Another TikTok user @soulmori shared, “I’d rather be fat than body shaming other people to boost your own ego,” while @lauri_bnl simply added «F*** this trend,» and @spookigio26 wrote, “Why does it matter? This trend is offensive and disgusting to our beautiful plus-sized women. ”

Other TikTok users have pointed out that no one – literally no one – is looking at people wearing baggy clothes and thinking, “I bet she’s fat under all those clothes. ” As ihy69_ wrote, “Nobody says that, stop justifying these trends. ”

It’s far from the first body positive trend to make waves on TikTok. Earlier this year, the “actual weight” trend took off, which saw people share how the exact same weight on the scale can look completely different on various body types.

More of this, please.

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