FIRST there was the thigh gap, then the bikini bridge and now the mons pubis is the latest body part to feel self-conscious about.
Not only has it sent Twitter into a frenzy but doctors have also noticed an increase in plastic surgery requests from women wanting to have the small bump of flesh on the pubic bone tightened and reduced, according to Daily Express.
Writing in The New York Times, Jennifer Weiner explained: “This year, the hot new body part is the formerly unnoticed span of flesh between the top of one’s panties and the labia majora, currently displayed on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition by the model Hannah Davis.
“Great! Another thing to hate about ourselves.” There are now forums dedicated to women who want to air their insecurities about the body part and there’s even a plastic surgery procedure to fix it. Monsplasty – also called Pubic Lift – is a surgical procedure used to reduce and tighten the mons pubis.According to Davinci Plastic, the area in question often becomes overly large with weight gain, childbirth or normal ageing.
And doctors have already seen an increase in demand for the surgery – especially in countries where women may be spending a lot of time on the beach. That may sound all good and well but the treatment is not all it’s cracked up to be. And at £1485, it’s not cheap either.
Body image and wellbeing expert Katie Lowe believes these types of trends are ultimately lowering women’s confidence. “The bikini bridge is just another example of horrendous thinspiration that encourages young women to develop poor body image and self-esteem.
“Bikini bridge or otherwise, we need to learn that bodies are beautiful in all shapes and sizes – and encouraging young women to strive towards something like this is an unhealthy result of a body shaming culture.’