Why does ass mean so much to black and brown women? I’m not sure why I’d rather have a perfect-ish bottom than a fit and trim body, but maybe the more I exercise and see the tangible benefits to my health and self-image, I’ll finally give up this seemingly wanton fantasy. Seriously, why else to do I want a booty when I really ponder it: to attract men and upstage women who don’t look as hot as I will in my jeans. Stupid, I know, but I’m not the only one who thinks like this.
In a recent interview with Necole Bitchie at the 2013 BET Awards, soul singer Marsha Ambrosius disclosed that she felt the pressure to have a larger booty although she said that she didn’t conform to what she claimed is now an industry standard for black women:
On If She Feels Pressured to Look a Certain Way
No. And guess why? That wasn’t why I did this thing. I didn’t get into the industry because I looked a certain way. No butt implants. My butt’s still flat. Came in with flat. Started from no bottom, and now it’s still here. K?
With that said, I kind of just make the music. It’s been about the music for me. No pressure to conform to a certain standard.
I can understand her sentiments, totally. Again, I’m not completely sure what motivates me to want a larger rump, but I definitely feel like I’m being coerced by a myriad of forces to do whatever it takes to get a bigger bum.
Tell me what you think? Do you feel any pressure to have a bigger butt? Where do think the pressure comes from? And are you bending to the stress?