Bikini bridge

A bikini bridge is defined as "when bikini bottoms are suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen".[1] It originated in the United States[2] on January 5, 2014, created by users of /b/ section on the imageboard 4chan as a parody of popular thinspiration memes.[3] According to a posting on the website, users intended to spread content across social media regarding bikini bridges.[4] It was reported on by U.S. television program Today on January 7.[5] Several commentators critiqued the posts for displaying insensitivity or being "dangerous"[6] for women with an eating disorder.[7][8][9]

A flickr image tagged as bikini bridge

Bikini bridges have been described as "fake",[10] and compared to the Chinese trends "Collarbone Challenge", and the "A4 Challenge".[2]


  1. ^ Erin Cunningham (January 9, 2014), "The Bikini Bridge to Nowhere", The Daily Beast
  2. ^ a b Caitlin Dewey (April 7, 2016), "The counterintuitive reason why Chinese body-shaming memes conquered the Web", The Washington Post
  3. ^ Erin Cunningham (The Daily Beast), Caitlin Dewey (The Washington Post), Katie Lowe (Fat Girl PhD) (guest commentators), Beware Of The 'Bikini Bridge', HuffPost Live, ASIN B00TNADSFM – via{{citation}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Fernando Alfonso III (January 6, 2014), "4chan launches social media campaign in support of the 'bikini bridge'", The Daily Dot
  5. ^ Melissa Dahl (January 7, 2014), Don't fall for the 'bikini bridge' prank the Internet is playing on you, Today
  6. ^ Caitlin Dewey (January 8, 2014), "The "bikini bridge," 4chan's latest prank, is actually pretty dangerous", The Washington Post "some disreputable Web sites have already christened it the latest beauty craze" "The plot was pretty simple: circulate bikini bridge images on social media, and then create a fake bikini bridge backlash" "4chan’s effortless orchestration of a dangerous trend should worry observers more" than genuine thinspiration (?)
  7. ^ Lew, Kristi (2014), I Have an Eating Disorder. Now What?, Rosen Publishing Group, p. 35, ISBN 9781477779736
  8. ^ Caitlin Dewey (September 25, 2014), "Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet's own bogeyman", The Washington Post "4chan is responsible for some of the largest hoaxes, cyberbullying incidents and Internet pranks of the past five years" "the trend, though fake, eventually caught on in online eating-disorder communities"
  9. ^ E! Online January 10, 2014 Bikini bridge: everything you need to know about this horrible and fake new body trend
  10. ^ Grass, Julia Maria (August 17, 2016), "Dieses Foto zeigt fragwürdige Körpertrends: Körpertrends auf Instagram treiben Mädchen und Frauen in die Magersucht." [This photo shows questionable body trends: Body trends on Instagram driving girls and women to anorexia], Die Welt (in German)