Is there really a soul in the world that cannot appreciate a nice-sized derriere? Having a big rump has been a major topic of conversation for years, but Vogue magazine finally decided to embrace it just recently. The only problem is that they handed off the big booty movement starters to the wrong superstars.
One of the writers at Vogue decided to write about being in “the era of the big booty”, but she failed to acknowledge any African American women. Instead, she accredited Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Kim Kardashian with being the women who aided in society’s acceptance of a big butt.
Am I the only one confused here?
Big butts have been “in” for quite some time, and we cannot overlook the African American women who made that possible. Vogue, however, seems to think that the butt epidemic is just getting started. Wrong.
The magazine deemed J. Lo as “the original trailblazing butt girl” and suggested that she influenced Destiny’s Child’s classic hit “Bootylicious” and Nicki Minaj’s latest hit “Anaconda”, but Minaj sampled Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” from 1992 for her song.
We have literally embraced big booties since 1992 and earlier, but waiting on the rest of the world to do the same resulted in them claiming the entire movement. Now you have Ellen Degeneres making a spoof of Minaj’s video for “Anaconda” as if the video was the first video to ever revolve around huge asses.
It would be impossible to deny the fact that J. Lo is dragging a wagon, but she definitely is not the first to do so. Black women are known for a plethora of things, and having voluptuous bodies is one of those things.
Beyoncé was one of the first thick women to come on the scene and be unashamed of her curves, but even before her LL Cool J was making songs about women with “big ole butts”. And even before that, women were kept in zoo-like environments and served as attractions for people to come and look at them simply because of their rotund bottoms.
The era of the big booty happened years ago, Vogue. You’re the one who’s late.