Something that varies as much as someone’s backside should never really be “in,” or out of style, for that matter, but as we know from the recent surge in reports of backroom butt injection procedures and even legit plastic surgeries to pump up one’s rear-end, the Beyonce-Kim Kardashian-J Lo Booty has been very much “in” for a long time among women of all colors.
But somewhere way far on the other side of the globe there’s a fascination with a much more petite derriere—that of British in-law royalty Pippa Middleton. I’ve spent about as much time trying to find the backside of Kate Middleton’s sister as I have info on what has made this the “year of Pippa’s bum,” but regardless of any naysayers, admiration for her tiny tush is going strong.
There’s an entire website dedicated to it, an appreciation fan page on Facebook with 22,000+ likes, and most disturbing of all, a medical procedure to help women achieve it: the Pippa Middleton butt lift. Interestingly, like the exaggerated hourglass figures of video vixens like Melissa Ford or Buffy the Body, the obsession with Pippa’s behind appears to be tied to her waist-to-hip ratio as well—although much more proportionate. Last fall, a Miami woman came forward to say she had fat transferred from her waist to her butt which whittled her down to a size 2 and gave her the “body she dreamt of her whole life”—the body Pippa has as a result of genetics.
For those who aren’t as brave or committed to getting that dream butt, there are other alternatives. Retailers throughout the UK have cited Pippa Middleton “bum envy” as the cause for the recent surge in padded underwear sales in their stores so that women can, at least temporarily, have her “A-shaped” behind.
It’s hard to think of a celebrity with a physical feature that’s garnered this much attention among white women since Jennifer Anniston first rocked the Friends cut back in the ‘90s.
Although there likely aren’t too many black women signing up for this particular behind, one thing this obsession from oversized backsides to slender butts nearly overnight shows is the means to achieve either are quite the same. Whether you’re getting pumped with cement in the back of a salon, having fat transferred from other parts of your body, or wearing padded panties, women are altering their bodies—sometimes permanently—to achieve some physical ideal attached one woman in the entire universe. It would be one thing if seeing Pippa’s smaller butt made women comfortable with their own perfectly proportioned rear ends, but no, ladies are taking numbers at the plastic surgeon’s office to have their bodies altered. If this trend shows nothing else, it proves that one type of figure can be in today and out tomorrow—although black men likely aren’t letting big backsides die anytime soon. Still, it’s interesting how something as obscure as a back shot during the broadcast of her sister’s royal wedding has turned Pippa’s little perky bottom into a huge money maker for the plastic surgery and panty industry within a year, and how gullible women have been to buy into it. You could say this obsession has put white women back in their element but knowing how these things change, they’ll likely be back worshiping at the temple of curvy rear-ends soon enough.