‘White America’ has now caught up with the idea that a pert posterior is a turn on.
After years of skinny being in fashion, this summer, even Hollywood agrees that if your hindquarter looks anything like Kim Kardashian’s or Beyonce’s then you are an official owner of summer 2010’s hottest trend.
Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes, loves shorts that make her butt look bigger, and huge amounts of women are getting butt implants, or at least buying this bizarre piece of clothing (might be comfortable though lol). For what?
Happiness? I don’t think so.
I admit that I’ve not always (as I now very much do) escaped media brainwashing. I have at some point in my life wished for bigger breasts, a smaller butt, thinner thighs and lord knows what else.
Nevertheless, I was upset to see comments in black forums (wrongly) claiming that the trend benefits us, as we are naturally more curvy.
The trend does not benefit us, so please let’s ignore the bum steer (pun). Black women are even more sexualized in the media than other women so the last thing we need is for every Tom, Dick and Harry to feel free to comment on our backsides as though they were accessories. No woman of any race should be proud to be primarily recognized for having a big butt, so please, let’s not aspire to be the lead figures of this ‘trend’. Let’s instead show more respect for natural beauty and its variations, and by all means carry our curves proudly. Look after yourself and stay healthy. Most importantly love yourself as God made you, with perfection in mind.
Let’s share thoughts with each other too, what is body confidence? I was recently interviewed by a lovely lady who writes a delicious baking blog for FAB Magazine. She was asking about body confidence and my answer to a question – why I love my body? – is down in the comments section of this post.
Also in the Afrosphere news this week is the African Fashion Week currently taking place in NYC. Unless you are lucky to be there experiencing it first hand, you can follow the top labels and see the fabulous clothes here, on Obaasema, one of my favourite websites by a fellow Afropolitan woman.
Female African entrepreneurs of all sorts are getting me VERY excited at the moment. Reason being that I’m in the process of launching The MsAfropolitan Boutique, an online boutique, which will feature a handpicked selection of Afrolicious products by Afropolitan women.
Don’t miss it!
By the way, I’ve got a tumblr blog, where I post my poetry, photos and inspirations every so often.
Anyway, what do you think about the whole big butt as a fashion accessory thing?—
Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.