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Vogue discovering booties is like Christopher Columbus discovering America. You can’t discover something that has already been noted since the beginning of time.

If you haven’t read the iconic magazine’s article entitled “We’re Officially in the Era of the Big Booty then you’re in for a good laugh. Writer Patricia Garcia has dubbed this “the era of big butts.” I guess she has never heard Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” until Nicki Minaj dropped “Anaconda.”

Garcia writes, “For years it was exactly the opposite; a large butt was not something one aspired to, rather something one tried to tame in countless exercise classes. Even in fashion, that daring creative space where nothing is ever off limits, the booty has traditionally been shunned.”

* Side Eye*

Hey Garcia, the derriere was ONLY shunned by people of European decent. My people, people of color, Black people, Latinos, Caribbean people, we were—and still—remain aware of the booty. A Black girl’s standard of beauty has always put emphasis on curves in all the right places. We have never shunned our naturally voluptuous body. We have always appreciated the way some women’s behind sits so firm you can sit a cup on that thang.

It is evident Garcia has no friends of color. Had she did, I would hope they would take a moment to inform her of her poor attempt at this case study. Thankfully, she had enough smarts to know Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez derriere was worth a mention, but what about the other women many of us picture while participating in the #30daysquatchallenge?

I absolutely adore Vogue’s place in the fashion industry. I mean it’s not coined the fashion Bible for nothing. However, let’s leave the discussion of booties to let’s say to the people who are knowledgeable and have the credentials to discuss a well-endowed behind.

Garcia if you ever plan to reassess big booties, which we all hope you don’t, here are a few people worth mentioning: Serena Williams, Melyssa Ford, Erykah Badu, Trina, Tracee Ellis Ross, Leela James. The list can go on.

Lastly, let’s check out some of Black Twitter’s reactions to #VogueArticles

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  • ALM

    The only big behind in that picture is Kim K’s, and she purchased her behind. If they think the rest of those are big, then they still don’t get it.

    I say that we need to ignore this type of article. “Vogue” hasn’t changed my life in any way, and the magazine probably never will have a major impact on my life. After the “Forbes” Iggy Azalea cultural appropriation fiasco, I rest assured that all of these magazines are not aware of how aggravating this type of article could be to women of color.

    At this point, magazines like “Vogue” are just doing this on purpose.

    • ALM

      *are now aware…..My Lord, one letter makes a difference.

    • copelli21

      Because black people cease to exist in the world of Anna Wintour and her comrades at Vogue, their words hold no weight with me.

      Vogue declaring anything having to do with popular culture (much less anything involving black folks & popular culture) is usually 6 months behind anyway.

      Moving on.

  • Li

    Vogue and the world of fashion service a very specific audience: a very rich, very white (and occasionally east asian) audience. The rest of the world is a side dish to them. Vogue reflects how their audience sees the world.

    Nina Garcia is theoretically a woman of color (she is Colombian), but she has clearly been conditioned by the fashion industry into seeing from that audience’s perspective. It is, after all, what she is paid to do.

    Intellectual discussion aside, the fashion world’s laser focus on the white and rich just makes me mad. They are missing out on so much of this beautiful world.

    • Nubiahbella

      Because she’s Colombian with a Spanish sounding name she’s a woman of color? There are Whites Colombian, Latino etc…..
      If she goes to Spain or anywhere else in Europe she will be seen as a White woman nothing else.

    • yolanda

      This woman is white indeed. Nationality has nothing to do with race.

    • Li

      Very true. Her wikipedia page makes no reference to her race (I guess that was misplaced optimism).

      I wonder what would happen if fashion suddenly decided if being Latina was in. What would Ms. Garcia be then?

  • WhatIThink

    What she means is that the whites and Mulattoes of South America where she is from are having all sorts of contests for white European looking women with big FAKE behinds. It is all the rage in Columbia, which is trying to promote a white European ideal for the new “latina”. No more mulatta exotica. White is in and the only exotic trait they want to adopt from the natives and Africans they have enslaved and assimilated is fake booties. There is a vice tv video about this exact subject somewhere. Heck most of the white women who parade in Carnival often have fake booties. Butt implants were invented in South America if I recall correctly so white women could emulate black females.

  • Ben

    @Li-She would still consider herself white as white trumps latina any day of the week and twice on Sunday

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