Hip Dips: What Are They And Why Do You Get Them?

You may or may not have had them all your life. If you had them, you may not have realized that there was a name (slang or otherwise) for that part of the body. But hip dips are a thing — they've even got a scientific name: trochanteric depression (via Insider), and guess what? Having a hip dip is perfectly normal. 

Hip dips, or "violin hips" are the dents or notches between the hip bone and the femur or thigh bone. And before you complain about yours, we're here to tell you that tons of people have them, regardless of the shape of their hips, and there is not a thing you can — or should — do about them (via Anytime Fitness).

Blame your skeleton for your hip dip

The depth of your hip dip depends on how your hip bone sits atop your femur. Insider notes that hip dips are more pronounced depending on how much higher the top of your pelvis (hip bone) is in relation to your femur.

Because hip dips are a skeletal thing, there is no workout on earth that will make it go away and leave you with the hourglass figure of Jessica Rabbit. Insider quotes personal trainer Kelly Bakewell as saying on her Instagram account that banishing hip dips by working out isn't a thing. "Gluteus medius isn't a meaty muscle, it wouldn't really be able to be built up to help with a dip," she wrote. "If the dip is from excess fat then exercise may help but again fat storage can be genetic. It's mostly down to high wide hips. Be proud ladies."

We think that with everything going on, a hip dip, like a thigh gap, isn't exactly something to lose sleep over. So embrace your body image and don't obsess about something you can't, and shouldn't try to change.