Reader Jessica (not pictured above) says;
This is kind of off-topic of hair, but I would be grateful if you could bring it to your readers. First off, let me say that I am FULLY AWARE that not all black women have big booties. We come in all different shapes and sizes. And that’s a beautiful thing!
I, however, am very curvy. I have Double D cups (I swear, at the rate these things are going, I’m going to need a breast lift by 30!) and what my mama calls a “basketball” or “bubble” booty. And I am only 5 foot 2! Growing up I wasn’t super curvy. But once I hit college (a majority white college at that) I suddenly ‘curved up’ and felt like a FREAK! I just felt like my body was ‘all over the place’ with so many jiggling, moving parts! What made it worse is that I wanted the svelte, long-legged, flat-chested look that so many of my college mates had. It seemed so effortless. You throw on a sun dress and lay out in the sun on the quad (btw, most sundresses have thin straps, which is a no-go for me because I need industrial strength, thick-strapped bras that you typically find in the back of the lingerie section of the department store, WAAAY past the cutesy lace and satin things, back with the ugly lingerie that only comes in beige, black or blinding white).
My whole college experience was a fashion FAIL consisting of me trying to fit into flimsy, cute garments and looking a HOTT mess (I once was so desperate to wear a spaghetti strapped dress to a banquet that I, unwisely, nixed my bra. I ended up having to wear my coat over my dress the entire night to spare both myself and the banquet attendees the embarrassment).
I went natural shortly after college, and it was such a freeing experience learning to love my hair… but I feel like that hasn’t quite transferred to my body yet. I still feel awkward walking down the street. I still feel like my body is ‘all over the place’. I know that you often hear of black women reveling in their curves… but some of us have a hard time adjusting to them. Particularly when you live and work (as I do) in areas that are majority non-black.
Even on fashion blogs, it’s been hard to find fashion icons who are both top AND bottom heavy and unashamed. The best I’ve been able to find thus far are Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian. But, my question for your readers would be, can anyone relate to this?! Are you ever afraid or ashamed of your curves?!
(Oh, and can I add that being curvy isn’t as glamorous as people think! There is always something popping out or riding up! Oh, and I also wanted to add that I’m not plus-size. I’m a size 4, just with wildly protruding parts :/ )
Interesting! Ladies, what are your thoughts?!