Vogue Magazine Just Realized Big Butts Are a ‘Thing’ and Credits White People. Seriously?!

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African American women have had booty for centuries. Is Vogue magazine blind or just plain ignorant? Why are White women getting credited for a physical attribute that we were born with (yet they pay for)? Another example of credit not going to where credit is due.

What happens when you try to be provocative and write about something that you obviously have no clue about? An article titled “We’re Officially in the Era of the Big Booty,” with references to Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus, happens.

Patricia Garcia writes in Vogue magazine, “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.”

Obviously Garcia hasn’t hung out around black people for much of her life. Or only knows three: Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Beyoncé, who are cited in the article.

As I’m sitting here—on my well-endowed derriere, as a matter of fact—I can’t help wondering why butts are now en vogue. Oh, wait, is it because there are nonblack women now carrying the extra baggage of Sarah Baartman?

Let’s take a look at the butts Garcia refers to.

Sure, J.Lo has been around for decades, from her start as a Fly Girl on In Living Color to a pop star and actress. Lopez’s butt made her famous back in the day. But guess what? Take that 6 train that J. Lo sang about, and on any given day you’ll see hundreds of butts even more impressive than hers.

And then there’s Azalea. Sorry, but I’m going to need receipts. By receipts, I mean it looks store-bought. Along with Azalea’s fake blaccent, I’m wondering if she rocks a Depends diaper or had some silicone pumped into her rear.

Garcia also couldn’t help mentioning Kardashian. I mean, I guess her butt launched her career—too bad it was in a homemade porn with Ray J. The writer seemed to gloss over that small-screen debut and decided to credit the Kardashians’ long-running reality-TV show. And just as with Azalea, I can’t help wondering if it’s real or fake. According to Kardashian it’s real, but I’m not buying it.

Allow me to say one word about Cyrus even being a “thing” in the article: No.

When social media got wind of the Vogue article, it didn’t exactly go over too well, and the hashtag #voguearticles was created.

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I’m going to let the folks at Vogue have their fun with their little article, because honestly, I’d rather not have any black female celebrity whom I hold dear even mentioned in such a way. What it boils down to with the list Garcia made is that the assets on these women she mentioned are nothing new. Black women have been carrying around the weight of the world for some time. We’re appropriated but never appreciated, even down to our asses.

*Article originally posted on The Root.

2 thoughts on “Vogue Magazine Just Realized Big Butts Are a ‘Thing’ and Credits White People. Seriously?!

  1. I am a 48-year-old brown-skinned Black woman with a 41 inch butt, and in my teens and twenties Black men teased me and did not date me because of it.
    Black men in my age group or older prefer light-skinned women with flat butts because they approximate European standards of beauty. Just look at Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Terrence Howard…
    Also take a look inside Black men’s magazines like Smooth, which typically feature light-skinned Black women. Obviously, Black men do not like dark butts. Light skinned Black women with big butts are what these younger Black guys are attracted to

    1. Yes, a lot of men are attracted to what mainstream media has told them is attractive – light skin, long hair, etc. While it would be nice to have more diversity within our own race, I think it’s important to know how attractive you are, whether anyone else recognizes it or not.

      Don’t forget, there are plenty of famous men who like chocolate sista’s too like Denzel Washington, Samuel L Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s husband, Angela Bassett’s husband & of course our very own President – Barack Obama.

      P.S. – By the way, I plan on starting an “Ask CV” section on my website pretty soon for comments/questions just like this one. Thanks for stopping by 😉

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