It’s become more acceptable to completely reinvent your face and body in today’s culture, especially if you are in the public eye. With the increasing prominence of the “big booty,” in mainstream society, men and women of all races have become fixated with the small waist to hip ratio that Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce proudly flaunted in the early 2000s. And women are coming up with creative ways to manipulate their body type to attain that figure.

Though the obsession with a big butt is nothing new in communities of color, recently women of other ethnicities like Coco, for example, have furthered its popularity making a round rump the ideal figure to emulate among women everywhere.

As with any desired body type, plastic surgery to achieve the look has increased in popularity. But in addition to the fact that most plastic surgery butt jobs look fake, they’re also dangerous. Several deaths have been reported where women lost their lives in pursuit of a bigger butt. An example is Claudia Adertomi, the 20 year-old who died in Philly earlier this year while getting illegal butt implants because she believed a bigger butt would help further her video modeling career.

Most women turn up their nose at the idea of these women going under the knife to add some curves to their frames. But there are several other ways that everyday women are changing their shape to garner attention from the booty craze. Here are a few:

Booty Cream

“Herbal” creams like Booty Jelly and Brazilian Miracle Butt Enhancement Cream promise to create a fuller derriere at an affordable price yet the products rarely work and mostly just exploit women seeking curves by taking their money without guaranteeing desired results.

Butt Injections

Not as invasive as plastic surgery but no less dangerous, silicone injections have emerged as a popular way for women to get plumper rear ends. The risky procedure has resulted in the death of several women from silicone entering their bloodstream.


The good old-fashioned exercise technique has experienced a resurgence with workout DVDs, books and classes dedicated to not only achieving firmer but fuller and bigger butts.

Butt Pads

Established retailers like Fredericks of Hollywood are producing shapewear complete with butt pads that create the illusion of a voluptuous frame. Though the results are temporary and not always realistic-looking, butt pads are becoming increasingly popular.

At what expense would you distort “what your mama gave ya” to fit into society’s new body image trend? Do you judge women who get plastic surgery for a bigger butt while engaging in one of the above alternative butt-enhancing procedures?

-Tunisia Z. Wilson

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  • C in Cleveland

    I think Nikki has gone on record confirming plastic surgery from top to bottom. She likened herself to a Barbie. Her and Coco’s backside look a little off to me, but I have seen small waisted women with extra large backsides.

    I’m not sure of how much the surgery has advanced. It still seems dangerous given its newness to the market and extensive recovery period.

    If given a choice, I’d opt for a more proportionate, natural look. As lifestyles change, an exaggerated, physcial feature can be distracting and make it difficult to move in different circles. What’s hot now, may not be so when the next trend hits.

  • It’s interesting that people seem to only think that this is the ideal that black women strive for. Most of the ones I know, myself included, try very hard (with mixed results) to be model thin. Maybe it’s regional, but it’s not advantageous to work in any aspect of the fashion industry or shop at any reputable store in New York if your behind is too ample.

    • fashionist_hooker

      Yeah……not hating on those w/azz but I wouldn’t want it. I like fitting into my size 4’s.

  • C in Cleveland

    The hourglass shape is timeless, but it’s got to look tasteful for mass appeal. The butt implants remind me of the breast implants of the ’90s. They appeared unnatural, like grapefruits attached to the chest. It might take some time to perfect the butt implant procedure.

    A woman can still look stylish and classy with an ample bottom, shoot, I have one and I appreciate my curves. I was stick thin throughout adolescence, so I welcomed the added pounds that came during my mid 20s. I have to be mindful of clothing choices and aim for a tailored look. I try to let my face and clothes stand out, so my body doesn’t take the attention.

  • What I find funny is that some years ago curvy women weren’t shown any love by the mainstream. Now everyone wants the curves, how the tides have turned. I don’t judge women for wanting to enhance themselves, but we need to be careful and more accepting of the skin we’re in. If more of us were happy with how we look then there wouldn’t be a need for enhancements.

  • Tiff

    Do any legit doctors do “butt shots”? The only ones I’ve ever heard of seem to be done in the back of strip clubs or shady hotel rooms. Maybe if people had more education about this seemingly dangerous trend, it wouldn’t be as popular. I’m afraid of what some of these girls will look like in ten years. I’m sure Nicki will be ok, but Diamond and Porscha from the block? I’m not so sure.

    Because of my height (5’10”) My curves are somewhat disproportionate, so I can understand the downside of “too much booty in the pants”. Try not to let the opinions and behaviors of a few ignorant and/or disrespectful folks affect your opinion of yourself. You are doing nothing wrong enjoy your beautiful body and hold your head high!

    P.S. PZI jeans are a Godsend less “flashy than other urban brands but still stylish and well fitted