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Skinny Legend is internet slang used by stans to describe the celebrity that is the focus of their fandom. The phrase is meant as a term of endearment among stans, meant to indicate that the celebrity they stan for is flawless.


While it's unclear where exactly the slang term started, one of the earliest known posts to use the phrase as a term of endearment towards a celebrity was posted August 17th, 2015 to Twitter by user @minxiepop[1] about Christina Aguilera (shown below).


The phrase appeared over the following months particularly in reference to Demi Lovato. By July of 2016, the phrase saw more use with regards to Mariah Carey. On July 29th, 2016, Twitter user @C0UxPERX2 tweeted a photoshopped version of Carey, referring to her as a "skinny legend" (shown below).

On November 30th, 2016, a thread was posted to ATRL Classic[2] debating if a person's favorite celebrity was a skinny legend. On February 15th, 2017, Twitter user @terryono420[6] responded to a tweet by Tomi Lahren stating "Mariah is skinny. Fuck blue lives." The tweet gained over 6,800 retweets (shown below) and 14,000 likes. This solidified a connection between Mariah Carey and the phrase "Skinny Legend."

On May 27th, 2017, the phrase was added to Urban Dictionary (shown below).[3]

On August 10th, 2017, Twitter user @lindxeyy tweeted a video of her screaming "Skinny" at Lady Gaga during a concert and Gaga looking surprised. The tweet gained 13,000 retweets and 36,000 likes (shown below).

A question about the video was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop[5] the same day. The video was covered by Buzzfeed[4] on August 28th. Several photoshops of Carey making her look exceptionally skinny began circulating within the fandom as well. On January 31st, 2018, blog Revelist[7] wrote about the slang term, calling it problematic.

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skinny is like an animal that likes to dress up as a human, right?


The Average Wall of China

"Eat a hamburger, nobody likes thin womens"

- The Funktipuss



I'm sorry what the fuck?



"Skinny Legend"
>Looks like a Holocaust victim

U wot


Nox Lucis

Ha. I've been mocking the anorexic super-model look as "holocaust victim chic" for years now. I'm glad someone else sees it that way too.



I swear to Zeus, if one fucker say "problematic " again to describe anything….

Also, "skinny legends"?
When I see one of them, all I see is:


Orange Circle

If you're really about that Greek Myth life, you should swear on the river Styx.


LittleChiveOfFuckery Cebolinhadaputalia

C'mon guys! We already covered this meme and is not even october yet



I stan skinny legend.



There's a difference between being skinny, and having anorexia.



The thing that confuses me most about this meme is that part of Mariah Carey's appeal is that she's thick. If people are into the "skinny" look, there are more logical choices to stan over, right? What am I missing?


Adam DeLand

I wonder if there are any stans for this skinny legend: