Up until recent years, the only place that fat asses were a part of the beauty standard were in black strip clubs and hip-hop videos. The narrative in pop culture was quite the opposite. In the classic movie Bring It On, there's a scene where the spirited cheer coach hired to help the Toros shames one of the girls for her very fit butt. "Report those compliments to your ass before it gets so big it flaunts its own website," he tells her after looking at her in disgust. And that same attitude toward curvy bottoms has been the norm in fashion and beauty spaces, making it that much harder for black women whose bodies are naturally bootylicious to work and thrive in the industries.
But with the crossover of hip-hop and the rising fame of black strippers, big asses have been getting long overdue praise by the mainstream — if they aren't attached to black bodies, of course. A prime example is Kim Kardashian, whose allegedly faux ass didn't even stop her from covering the almighty of fashion mags, KNOWN for its bias toward women with leaner behinds. In 2014, Vanity Fair spotlighted Jewish fitness guru Jen Selter in a feature titled, "Rear Admirable." The author wrote, "Selter’s derrière extraordinaire has made her a member of a rapidly rising subset of Instagram stars: young women unafraid to share their deeply bronzed, sculpted figures in neon spandex..." While black women with ass may never cover Vogue or pose with their rear asses in the most respected publications, we all know who's to credit for this newfound appreciation of plump posteriors.