Hannah Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Skinny Mons Pubis is the New Thigh Gap

How skinny is your mons pubis anyway? After the thigh gap and bikini bridge, it is the skinny mons pubis that is thè must have of the moment. Not “blessed” with a skinny mons? No problem: the cosmetic surgeon is happy to sucks away all the excessive fat on your pubic bone.

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Lees in het Nederlands I have never with my knickers down inspected the amount of fat that covers my mons Venus. I can not imagine myself pressing my thumbs into the tissue on top of my mons to see how if the anterior of my vulva is skinny enough.

Lipo for chubby mons pubis 

Yet there àre women who, after seeing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2015, are concerned about the look of their vajayjay. Cosmetic surgeons jump in to their concern with special “chubby mons pubis” liposuction treatments. 

Hannah Davis on the cover of ACSports Illustrated

Hannah Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated 2015

Distorted body image and eating disorders

On the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, we see model Hannah Davis. She pulls down her panties, giving us a good view on her pubic mound. The cover caused a lot of discussion on forums and Twitter (search the hashtag ‘monspubis’). The pictures of Hannah would be female-unfriendly, induce low self-esteem, distorted body image and even eating disorders.

What do you think?

What do you think about the whole ‘thigh gap’, ‘bikini bridge’ and ‘skinny mons pubis’ trend? Do you think images like these can induce low self-esteem, distorted body image and eating disorders? Do you think magazines shouldn’t put images like these on covers anymore?

My personal view is that there are several factors involved in the development of eating disorders, distorted body image and low self-esteem. Exposure to a thin beauty ideal is not enough to develop a low self-esteem, a distorted body image and an eating disorder.

Furthermore: I am not in shock about Hannah’s picture or anything. It’s just that I find it pitiful that women compare themselves to models in magazines and think that they need to look like them as well. 

As I pointed out in this article, models are genetically predisposed and have an army of support and financial resources to look the way they look. It is unrealistic to think that you as a ‘normal’ woman should look like them as well.



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Hey! I'm Angela; a 30-something mommy and a now REAL #fitchick, digi nerd, photo & film shooter hobbyist, MSc specialized in Health Education, marketingspecialist and an international fashion model for 20 years. I've worked for eg. Viktor & Rolf, Nivea, Escada, Elle, Vogue and Glamour. I write about everything that I find worth sharing. Go ahead an take a look around. Don't hesitate to share your thought sor opinions. Enjoy!


  1. nou zeg… waar men al niet op let.. als ik die foto zie dan denk ik echt niet van wow wat heeft zij weinig vet op dr venusheuvel haha. ik kan me eerlijk gezegd ook niet voorstellen dat andere vrouwen dat wel doen, maja t zal toch wel, anders werd er niet zoveel over gesproken.

    ik denk dat al die foto’s van modellen niet het probleem zijn, maar vooral het zelfbeeld van meiden die door zulke foto’s willen afvallen.
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    • Angela Willemse

      Klopt Diana, het is echt een samenhang van factoren. Het één leidt (mogelijk) tot het ander. Er zullen voor dit soort mensen altijd triggers zijn. Haal je dit soort covers weg, dan zij er altijd wel ergens anders triggers te vinden. Je kunt moeilijk alle triggers weghalen.

      • Angela Willemse

        “als ik die foto zie dan denk ik echt niet van wow wat heeft zij weinig vet op dr venusheuvel” zo keek ik er inderdaad ook niet naar. Maar ik moet zeggen dat ik geen expert ben op het gebied van venusheuvels dus eigenlijk ook niet echt weet wat een dikke of dunne venusheuvel is 😀

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