When Did Big Booties Become So Popular?



When did Big Booties Become So Popular?


We have all seen the constant imagery of big round derrieres infiltrating our social media feeds, televisions and especially our reality shows. All of a sudden it is the in thing to have a big round bottom. Men are losing their minds and money over them and women are doing  anything  possible to get one. When did big booties become so coveted?

Growing up in inner Brooklyn (I have to make this very clear distinction because the outer parts of Brooklyn has become a watered down version of Manhattan) big booties were revered, idolized and in some cases worshiped. However, on TV we would hear actresses ask their mates “do these jeans make my butt look big?”.

Even as a child this was highly confusing. There was no one on the television that looked like me OR  had curves like me. Women in media often were size 4 or less, with tiny waists and even tinier butts.

In my neighborhood,  a predominantly Caribbean community, the bigger your rear end the better. It was always about the tummy. You got the most attention if you had a flat tummy and everything else was curvy.

Enter Kim Kardashian


I am not sure when the switch occurred in pop culture but I’m willing to bet that it has a lot to do with Kim Kardashian. All of a sudden not only is it okay to have a ridiculously big behind but now it is the norm to accentuate instead of hide it like they did in the 90s. I am not a fan of the girl but you have to give her credit for the big booty movement.

Women are flying all over the world to inject their rear ends with God knows what trying to get a big round booty because that is what the people want…right?

We see old young girls all over social media posing for selfies–except the only thing in the picture is their rear end. There are women with millions of Instagram followers because they are masters of taking pictures in the mirror that show off these curves, natural or not.

Right now, 2014 is all about the big butt. Instead of asking does my butt look big in this, women are now making sure there is enough stretch to show every single curve.


I took this shot JUST for this post, of course :)

I’ve said it before on the blog. I love my curves. As I continue to lose more weight, I don’t want to lose any more of my butt. Abs? Yes! Legs? Sign me up. If I had choice however, I’d leave my butt alone. It’s all mine, it’s all natural and I’m quite proud of it.

Who knows,  next year the trend may dictate that small booties are back “in”. I personally think that these trends should not be given any attention and if you are happy with what you have, work it girl! Women shouldn’t be influenced by the media, pop stars, or even what men want. As long  as you are good with yourself, you are awesome.

What do you think about the big booty craze??



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I grew up in a community where big butts were in. It never occurred to me that they were out until baby got back came out. Lol. Now I’m fine with having a butt, but I need a firm toned one! Lol
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  2. I love big butts and I cannot lie…however, I do NOT have one! :-) I just love that women are embracing their curves, no matter where they may be! I give Beyonce a lot of credit for coming forward with the “I have a woman’s body and it’s curvy” mantra. Kim is just kind of a…well, moron but Beyonce really embodies what a smart and successful woman is all about. This post is just too funny! Rock that booty girl!!
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  3. I have always had curves and will say my thighs and my butt were always the hardest for me to keep flat and under control. The Italian in me just was and still used to it, but I guess I can’t help but smile that this is in and maybe don’t have to worry so much about this now. That said, you look beautiful in the above picture, but now I have Sir Mix Alot’s song in my head. Thanks :)
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  4. It is certainly helpful for me personally, since I am not lacking in the trunk department! ;)-Ashley
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  5. I like when women embrace their curves. I don’t really like those pants that has the elastic between the butt cheeks to accentuate the bunns.. I think that’s too much.lol
    i totally understand the Caribbean culture with the flat stomach, big buns…
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  6. Girl….. you already know! I am all about having a big ol round booty. lol Terrible, I know. My body has always been naturally curvy. My mom jokes that I had hips before I could walk… so I am just learning to embrace having an hourglass figure and not be ashamed. If big booties are in, then GOOD. But even when they go out, I doubt mine will ever trim down enough to be considered small….and I don’t really want it to be either.
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    • Yes I am a huge fan of the hourglass!! Something about that body type is so feminine. I doubt mine will ever be considered small. I think I am bound to have a donkey for life. lol

  7. I could care less about the pop culture. This here gal loves her big booty and I don’t want it to go ANYWHERE! I feel you on that! I can’t believe ppl are injecting their butts, CRAY!
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  8. Ahhh the booty obsession . . . my husband is from Brooklyn and I’m from Ohio so I never really heard about this until I came out east. So bizarre! I’ve always enjoyed my small frame and just enough curves to my liking, but the focus on the booty has caused me to consider mine more. I especially reflect back to my first pregnancy and the first time I really had a “fluffy and robust” booty as I call it. It was nice and all (my husband loved it and was sad to see it go!), but I think it’s important that we be comfortable with ourselves and not just follow the trend of what’s desirable at the moment. It all goes in cycles, doesn’t it?
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  9. I’ve always been happy that I didn’t inherit my mom’s flat butt – I don’t have a big butt but it is enough to fill in my jeans!!! I love that you embraced your curves/butt before it was the “in” thing – way more authentic!!! (and I know that you are real!)
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  10. njections, use creams, or have surgery to look that way. I am willing to work hard in the gym. I doubt I’ll ever have a larger butt but I can defy gravity with weights and make it firmer. God gives you what you get, make the best of it. You look fab and should love your curves like you do!
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  11. I want a big but and I am not lying. I don’t wanna inject it though if I can’t achieve it the regular way I just won’t have one I will use my other assets to get a sugar daddy.
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  12. I have no butt, and the fact that I am made more and more aware of this as time goes on means that the craze is getting bigger. Leave it to the media to dictate which part of your body you should be most self-conscious about. I think any sort of objectification is a bad thing. Though I am always happier when I see a trend favoring more natural body types. And I think it’s so important for women to love their bodies, I’m glad you’re sharing that wonderful message!
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  13. 2014 is the Year of the Butt? I had no idea. Crossing my fingers that one day soon it will be the Year of the Pancake Breasts. I’m gonna be so famous if that year ever comes ’round.
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  14. That’s awesome! I honestly say I don’t want to lose my curves but I want to be toned. You can have curves and not be “soft”. You are an inspiration to all women young and old to embrace the curves God gave you! You rock!
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  15. I will probably never have a big butt. Just not my body shape. Some people look great with it. I say work with what you have. Pretty much my legs are what I have going for me. It’s certainly not my muffin top. LOL
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  16. It’s interesting how having a big butt has become very mainstream. There was some talk about J-Lo’s butt, but Kim K has definitely made it more popular among all people. I think it’s great that curvy is becoming more mainstream. I think all body types should be embraced.
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  17. That first meme is cracking me up! One of my favorite songs.
    I don’t really have a big bootie but it’s often bigger than people expect. Once a guy said, “oh! You have a little bubble!”
    Well ok then!
    Rock on, Nellie!
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  18. *Sigh* I wish I could feel the love for the largeness that is my derriere. But then again, I grew up with a family and neighborhood that revered girls shaped like Twiggy. I’m slowly learning to appreciate everything I’ve got…but no joke, it’s hard. Can I have some of your confidence?
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  19. girrllll, isn’t it crazy how people are all about butts nowadays. i have stopped following people on IG who only post their rear-facing pics..like seriously. I sadly am a big girl with no booty. I wish I did though…I feel it would complete the whole package. folks just need to accept themselves and the body they have and not get caught up with folks like Kim Kardashian
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  20. This obsession over butts is crazy! Like you, it was a norm in Brooklyn, it’s just funny how people are JUST taking notice of it.
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  21. Well, who wants to look at a flat butt!? I agree with you that personal feelings aside for Kim, she has done a good job with making curves not only acceptable but sexy and desirable. Her and Sofia Vergara. I think it’s great that Hollywood in particular is celebrating women’s bodies instead of waifer bodies. It has a trickle down effect!
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    • Sofia Vergara has an amazing body! But my girlfriend who is columbian told me that most of the women in Columbia look like her. I can’t even imagine!

  22. I was just talking to my friend about how once upon a time curvy was in and now it seemed like thin was in..I guess we are back to curvy. This is what happens when you don’t watch mainstream shows or listen to mainstream music. You are like me and have no idea what the latest trends are. I honestly like it this way. I don’t feel like getting that overwhelming feeling of wanting to size myself up to what the latest trend is. My husband is happy with the way I look and for me, that’s really all that matters :)
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  23. I’m from the south and big butts have always been an “in” thing. I’ve always lacked in the butt and boob area:( No amount of soul food or genetics has changed that for me. I’m too afraid and cheap to resort to injections and implants, so, I’m just chillin with what I’ve got.

  24. I love this post Nellie! Thanks for representing for the curvy chicks! I went to predominately white schools growing up, and it wasen’t until I changed schools in HS were the girls looked like me, when I was able to be comfortable with my body shape!
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  25. *Sigh*

    Coming from the one black girl with a flat butt, I love that we can rock our curves but wish so much emphasis wasn’t place so much on our shapes. How about what’s in our hearts, minds, etc?

    But I probably wouldn’t say that if I had a big butt lol.
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  26. Yes, these butt injections and butt pads all for the sake of making your butt bigger is out of control. I am definitely a fan of learning to love what God blessed with. Body images shouldn’t be a trend. However, if someone absolutely must change a part of their body, I think they should make sure they are doing it for the right reasons and not because of media or peer pressure. Also, with all the exercises out here, you can pretty much plump up or down any part of your body that you want to with a little modification and the right diet.
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  27. Robert webster says:

    Remember that song, “Back That Azz” up? Remember when southern Hip-Hop artist were putting out tons of booty quake songs and videos? Remember Baby Phat and Apple Bottom jeans? I know these were very popular in Hip-Hop and Pop culture towards the end the 1999 and the beginning of the 2010’s. Right?

  28. In the Western society or Europe in the middle ages….fat women was considered beautiful. I guess that changed in the early 19th century in Europe and America…I know that during the 1920s, 30s, 40s, to the mid 1990s black women’s thick lips and big booties were ridiculed and laughed at. It wasn’t until Sir Mix a Lot’s BIG BUTT song and JLO that big butts became beautiful. Briefly in the 40s and 50s women shaped like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Sophia Loren and others were considered the top…they were thick shaped women with big boobs and flat asses. In the 60s pencil-shaped Twiggy was considered it like the supermodels then. That was it until the mid 1990s.
    GOOGLE: SAARTJIE BAARTMAN and see how Europeans went crazy when they saw that African Women’s Body.


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