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Internet Trolls Are Trying To Make The #BikiniBridges Trend Go Viral And It's Unfortunately Working

If you haven't heard yet, a bikini bridge is when a woman is so skinny her hip bones lift the front of her bikini up when she lies down.

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Phase 1:The premise is simple. Create propaganda parading the "bikini bridge" to be the best big thing... Circulate it throughout the Internet. Simultaneously, we create reverse propaganda, denouncing the bikini bridge as an unhealthy obsession. This, too, we circulate through the Internet. Our mission during phase 1 is to garner support for these social outlets. The more followers/subscribers the better.Phase 2:After a fair amount of circulation has been accomplished, we circulate the images throughout parts of the Internet know to be biased on the subject of weight (i.e. thin privilege, fat shaming, etc.). This should cause large enough of a stir to snowball into a fairly big subject.
Buzzfeed has also posted an article entitled '12 perks of having a bikini bridge' with reasons such as 'it is the ultimate beach accessory', 'Harry Styles will be 857 per cent more attracted to you' and 'you and your girls will become the talk of the town'.As a result, in just 24 hours, #bikinibridge and #bikinibridge2014 was tweeted more than 2,400 times, with Harry Styles's endorsement - which has seen been deleted - receiving 115,359 favourites.
Regardless of whether or not this 'trend' is a hoax, however, it's important to note how incredibly f'ing plausible it sounds. And that it has resulted in the perpetuation of stereotypes–such as in that BuzzFeed article I linked to above–that thinness is inherently indicative of healthiness, that bikinis are for thin women, and that you're more lovable if you're thinner.

On Twitter, images of women's stomachs are flooding the tag by the thousands.

Bikini Bridgesâ„¢

@BikiniBridges

#bikinibridge #thingsboyslike

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We all want this <3 #bikinibridge #summer2014

Bikini Bridge

@bikini_bridge

We all want this <3 #bikinibridge #summer2014

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Sudaphed

@sudaphedz

#bikinibridge

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The tag on Instagram has also started to fill up with pictures.

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At the same time over the weekend when "pro-bikini bridge" accounts were springing up, accounts that were likely also part of the hoax started attacking the idea of the bikini bridge.

Another one of a perfectly healthy girl... #bikinibridge

Anti Bikini Bridge

@AntiBridge

Another one of a perfectly healthy girl...

#bikinibridge

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Big is beautiful. Bikini bridges aren&#39;t. #bikinibridge #whoneedsbridges

ROU Value Judgement

@javotam

Big is beautiful. Bikini bridges aren't. #bikinibridge #whoneedsbridges

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#bikinibridge Isn&#39;t beautiful! #whoneedsbridges #bodyacceptance

Jamie Bentham

@J_Betham

#bikinibridge Isn't beautiful! #whoneedsbridges #bodyacceptance

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ryan Broderick at ryan@buzzfeed.com.

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