Reagan stays speaking the truth. Below are excerpts from Vogue's “The Dawn of the Butt: Big Booty in Pop Culture Over the Years" article:
For years it was exactly the opposite; a large butt was not something one aspired to, rather something one tried to tame in countless exercise classes. Even in fashion, that daring creative space where nothing is ever off limits, the booty has traditionally been shunned. Though nipples have long been a runway staple.
Perhaps we have Jennifer Lopez to thank (or blame?) for sparking the booty movement. When she first arrived on the scene in the late nineties, a lot of the buzz surrounding her focused on the back of her voluptuous body. Her derrière quite literally stood out against the other sex symbols of the moment, signaling a shift away from the waif era of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss and the outrageously large-breasted Pam Anderson. Lopez’s behind was so unique, and evidently so valuable, there were rumors she had taken out insurance worth millions to protect the asset.
Around the same time, the look of pop music was set by Britney Spears’s over-toned abs. But the curvaceous bodies that made up Destiny’s Child had also started making waves on MTV in 2001 with “Bootylicious.”
Enter Kim Kardashian. Kardashian and her family debuted their reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in 2007. It made the entire clan famous, of course, but Kardashian’s behind was the real star, and was frequently employed as a plot device. In one season, Kardashian even X-rayed her body to prove her curves were real and not the by-product of artificial implants. Instagram also launched that other famous booty: the one on workout sensation Jen Selter. A civilian who just happens to do an obscene amount of squats, Selter is known for her belfies (just put two and two together) and every single one of her posts to her 4 million followers makes sure to include the bubble butt that launched her career front and center.
Then came the total bootification of pop music. At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus proved you didn’t need to have a large butt to become a part of the conversation, you just needed to know how to attract enough attention to one.Shakira and Rihanna had a booty-off in their video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” Beyoncé surprised the world by dropping her Visual Album last December—and her good-girl image. The racy video for “Partition” has her in a bejeweled thong on a top of a piano, while “Rocket” begins with the lyrics: “Let me sit this ass on you.”
Recently, Nicki Minaj remixed the original butt song by Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Back,” into “Anaconda,” driving the point home with extreme twerking, blatant close-up shots of her booty, and cut-to-the-chase lyrics: “Fuck those skinny bitches in the club/I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the motherfucking club.”
Which brings us full circle to J. Lo—the original trailblazing butt girl—and the imminent video for “Booty.” It features the 45-year-old doused in what looks like Vaseline or honey, prompting listeners to “Throw up your hands if you love a big booty.” It’s safe to say that, this time around, the world is thoroughly ready for the jelly.
everybody wants to be a nigga…..
I’m so glad that this world is FINALLY ready for the jelly.
Everybody wants to be Black, just without the struggle. My mother is a well endowed woman both in the posterior and the bosom area. She is 65 years old…meaning she was a teen in the 60s. Born into a large rural family in Alabama. There was no booty pride, no one was strutting around proclaiming themselves to be bootylicious. As my mother raised me in the 70s she would explain how most folks outside the Black community were not pro-azz. Breasts was the body part of choice for the majority of America…whether it be mainstream media content or porn. Then a funny thing happened. A White skinned woman showed up [Jennifer Lopez] and coupled with Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ode to azz, bootys became fashionable. Then along came Kim Kardashian…and Coco [wife of Ice-T] and now this White woman, Jen Selter. This article from Vogue along with most of the visuals associated with the Rap Music Industrial Complex proves what my mother was saying partially. It was never the size of the azz but the skin it was covered in. Even Black women, like Beyonce and Rihanna, are basically ‘high yella’ versions of White womanhood. That is not an anti-Beyonce or anti-Rihanna statement just an observance.
These are some strange times we are living in. Every day in some way, some how, Black American women are reminded….All the Blacks Are Men, All the Women Are White. Whether you like that or not…whether you think its fair or not…means nothing.
Reblog this and describe her in terms of softness.
My dear momma is kind, funny, sweethearted, witty, wily and beautiful.
when you see a cute white boy and wonders if he likes black girls.
when you see a cute black boy and wonder if he likes black girls
this is so true and very sad.
The life of being a black girl.
Especially those in America
First of all this post is racist as fuck. Is it because all of these women are black? NONE OF THESE NAMES ARE GHETTO and the amount of notes it has are disgusting.
Ashanti - A common name in Ghana. It is a name from a powerful African empire. It is a fucking African name.
Aaliyah - It’s also a fucking African name. It means “High Exalted”, “Highest of All”, “To Ascend”. It also means Princess, Beautiful, Goddess, and some other beautiful meanings.
Beyonce - Oh look, another fucking African name. It means “beyond others”. It also derives from the French surname Beyincé, which is also her mother’s maiden name.
Ciara - It is of Irish origin and it means “dark haired beauty” or “black”.
Onika - Yet, another African name. It means warrior and is most often used as a boy’s name.
Last but not least, Zendaya, which is also a fucking African name. It is a language of Zimbabwe/Southern Zambi. It means “To give thanks”.
Just because it’s not of your culture doesn’t mean it’s fucking ghetto. Who wants a common ass name anyway? You are racist and ignorant. Please educate yourself.