Shapely Ankles and Cankles

Why are women getting plastic surgery to slim down their ankles? Cristen and Caroline explore how slender ankles became a feminine beauty standard and the etymology and science behind the dreaded cankles.

The Invention of Cankles

For evidence that female bodies are judged from head to toe for their adherence to arbitrary beauty standards, look no farther than the ankles. Slender ankles have been a subtle hallmark of the idealized feminine silhouette practically ever since hemline-shortening fashions first put them on public display. But now that some women are going under the knife to slim down their ankle circumference, it's high time to investigate the cultural invention of "cankles."