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Photographs of A4-thin waist going viral on social media

Beijing: These days there is a new trend on social media in China.The trend has seen people trying to prove that their waist is equal or narrower that the average width of the A-4 size

India TV Lifestyle Desk [ Published on: March 19, 2016 10:33 IST ]
A4 paper waist challenge
A4 paper waist challenge

Beijing: These days there is a new trend on social media in China.The trend has seen people trying to prove that their waist is equal or narrower that the average width of the A-4 size printing paper.

According to media reports, the  waist challenge going viral by the name ‘A4 Waist Challenge’ , which involves women and few men uploading photos of themselves comparing their waist to a A4 paper.

To pass in this challenge, the waist must be completely hidden by the paper. A piece of A4 paper is 8.3 by 11.7 inches. It has to be holded vertically as holding it horizontally is cheating.

With the hashtag #A4Waist and a handful of variations, the trend is attracting hundreds of photographs and thousands of comments, on Weibo and other social media networks like Weixin or WeChat. Even People's Daily, the Communist Party newspaper, is joining in.

This challenge started in China and tens of thousands of people have participated in this. They are sharing their result on Weibo.and other social media networks like Weixin or WeChat. Even People's Daily, the Communist Party newspaper, is joining in.

The challenge is however criticised for its promotion of an unhealthy thinness as an ideal of female attractiveness. Many people from across the globe are calling it ‘unrealistic’. In-fact many women, who have wider waists have taken it as an insult to their bodies.

Feminists are not happy about the this A4 waist chaalenge and not even the fashion editors.

"Bodies don't need eyes staring at them," Zheng Churan, a feminist, wrote on a piece of A4 paper that she held horizontally, not vertically, below her waist. "I love my fat waist." reported nyt news service.

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