The Legs

The Legs

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Updated Mar 22, 2017 at 07:00PM EDT by Don.

Added Oct 26, 2016 at 01:14PM EDT by Don.

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The Legs refers to a photograph of a woman's legs with white paint streaked across them, creating an optical illusion of a shiny, reflective surface. The picture sparked an online debate over whether the legs were oily or covered in white paint, similar to the viral #TheDress photograph.


On September 15th, 2016, Instagram[1] user leonardhoespams posted a photograph of her legs with the caption "i like the feeling of paint on my skin" (shown below). Within five weeks, the post gained over 540 likes and 160 comments.

+Follow leonardhoespams 1month ago i like the feeling of paint on my skin Instagram 538 likes . 163 comments


On October 23rd, 2016, @leonardhoespams[1] reposted the photograph with the caption "this is my fucking legs" and asking people to stop posting it to "meme pages" without crediting her (shown below).

leonardhoespams Follow 6,211 likes 3d leonardhoespams remember when i posted this and it got 600 likes almost and 157 comments THIS IS MY FUCKING LEGS STOP TAKING TWH PICTURE AND POSTING IT TP UR MEME PAGES WITHOUT CREDITING ME LOLLILOL view all 796 comments micha3la_grac3 I'm not seeing anything but paint... tildaoden THIS IS EVERYWHERE SKKFNSMMF koalamer131 Shiny ass legs. @niciberning sejalgoyal @aadityachowdhry ayeh_abuhadid @maia_hawwari girl I already saw this val.vh @paulinapernalete Add a commen...

On October 25th, Twitter user @kingkayden tweeted the legs photo, asking "are these legs shiny and oily or are they legs with white paint on them" (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 8,500 likes and 7,200 retweets.

kayden @kingkayden Follow are these legs shiny and oily or are they legs with white paint on them RETWEETSLIKES 7,2078,593 11:02 PM - 25 Oct 2016 t3 7.2K 8.6K

That day, many Twitter users began commenting about the ambiguous photograph (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the viral photograph, including The Daily Dot,[2] BuzzFeed,[3] Mashable,[4] The Sun[5] and NewStatesman.[6]

Gregory Watton @thewattonshow Follow @kingkayden Without a doubt, white paint. There are no light reflections or distortions on the legs as there would be if oiled. 11:05 PM 25 Oct 2016 4 62 515 tom @Mister2Hours Follow @carobii@msbreeezyyy shiny legs? Lol like plastic RETWEET LIKES 53 2:56 PM -25 Oct 2016 Casselberry, FL Chris Coulson @chrisccoulson Follow @kingkayde 5:58 AM- 26 Oct 2016 다 12 45

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