In the past year, there have been several alarming stories in the news regarding women getting back room butt injections. The results have varied, but the tragic stories are top of mind. Remember the ever so popular Oneal Ron Morris also known as the “Fix-A-Flat Booty Doctor” who illegally injected patients with materials like cement and tire sealant to create bigger booties for her patients? Oh, and Lauretta Cheek of Greensboro, North Carolina who was accused of injecting an exotic dancer with unknown substances that left her disfigured. Is it just me, or is there a growing trend among women to fatten the size of their derriere? Some women are willing to take risky measures to be bootylicious. Why?
Of course, the media plays a major role in defining beauty and what is sexy. With the growing popularity and media attention of women like Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose, it seems like women with curvy booties are winning. Men haven’t been much help either. The bigger the booty, the better. Emphasis continues to be made in song lyrics and in the clubs. “Where my ladies with the fat a**es!?”, DJs yell over the sound system. Sir Mix-A-Lot said it best “I like big butts and I can not lie”.
So what’s a girl to do, especially a black girl, when all she sees and hears in her community are images and words that stress the appeal of a big behind? Butt pads or the more permanent option, plastic surgery, seem to be the only alternatives. However, with the increasing price tag of a butt augmentation, legal plastic surgery for some isn’t an option at all. Next stop, lying in the bed of a hotel room waiting for Doctor “Fix-A-Flat” to prod you with needles full of cement and other unknown substances.
What is going on?!?
It’s shocking that people are willing to sacrifice their lives for a bigger butt. Going the legal route to attain your “ideal” figure is one thing, but risking your life is a problem. These women must really hate their bodies. They’re saying, “it’s either I get a big butt or I’m going to die trying.”
So what happens if you’re one of the lucky ones who make it through a surgery with an under-qualified “surgeon”? You only spent $500.00 for a lifetime of ooh’s and ahh’s from men, and a figure that slays in a Herve Leger bodycon dress. Winning right? But chances are, you’re still unhappy. You see another imperfection or spot an area that could use a bit more enhancing. The first one was a success, so what’s the risk?
We need to stop treating our body parts like handbags and other material possessions. You can’t just buy a new one and go. No matter what you do, you may never have the coke bottle figure of a Kim Kardashian. However, if you’re going to try, be safe, and do it right. Butt shots mean nothing if you’re hospitalized or even worse, dead.
– Chelsey Wilkins