Men have been classifying themselves as either a “boob guy” or a “butt guy” for generations. For some, it’s such a tough choice that they’d rather just say they love it all, and leave it at that. While every woman is different, and is uniquely beautiful, we all tend to have a body part we’re most proud of, and want to show off.
The media likes to tell us what the “ideal body” looks like, which can take a toll on our self-esteem, but at the end of the day we have to be proud of who we are, and embrace whatever curves we were given.
Boobs have traditionally been the most sexualized part of a woman’s body, but lately the trend has shifted towards butts. Celebs like Ariana Grande have even experienced body shame from “fans” for not having a big butt. For better or for worse, it seems like it's the bum's turn to have it's moment in the spotlight. Here are 15 possible reasons big booties have been trending.
15 Celebrities as role models
Celebrity bodies have always been inspiration for us regular folk to get in shape. While the ideal celebrity body has changed over the years, lately it’s been all about the butt. Celebs like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Lopez aren’t shy about their love for their derrieres, and they’re making it more acceptable to have a little more junk in the trunk. Songs like J.Lo’s “Booty” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” remix are giving everyone a reason to love their butts.
14 Instagram fitness stars
Instagram has the ability to make people famous for the most unexpected things, which is exactly what happened to fitness model, Jen Selter. If you browse through her photos, it becomes increasingly obvious that her butt is her pride and joy, and she works hard to maintain it. Of course, people wanted to know all her tricks, and she’s even given Barbara Walters some tips on how to take the perfect “belfie” (butt selfie). Now she has her own column in The New York Post where she’s sharing her butt expertise with the masses.
13 It’s all about evolution
Biologically speaking, a woman with a smaller waist and wider hips and a little junk in the trunk signals to men that she is physically capable of sustaining a healthy pregnancy. From an evolutionary perspective, men have always wanted to spread their DNA and keep their bloodline going, which means they need to have some kids. Men are hardwired to be attracted to women who will give them the highest chance of procreating, and a decent sized butt means she’s healthy and ready to pop out a couple kids.
12 Bigger butts = bigger brains
According to an article on MTV.com, women with more “gluteofemoral fat”, which is fat that is stored in the butt, are not only more intelligent themselves, but they produce smarter kids. The unique long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids found in gluteofemoral fat is important for babies’ brain development. Evolutionary psychologists like Gordon G. Gallup, Jr. of the University of Albany says, “they’ve done research that shows that as gluteal femoral fat stores go up, so do the cognitive scores of babies born to women with large hips.”
11 Not all big butts are created equal
A recent study conducted at Turkey’s Bilkent University found that men actually find a very specific spine curvature (around 45.5 degrees) the most appealing. The men were asked to look at pictures of women whose butts were large for different reasons: spine curvature, excess fat, and excess muscle. The women with the right spine curvature were deemed to be the most attractive. The reason for this is based on the fact that a curved spine traditionally affected a woman’s ability to stay active during pregnancy, with increased her rate of survival. While men have no idea it’s actually a curved spine they find attractive, it’s yet another reason big butts are a positive evolutionary feature.
10 A big butt is healthier than a big gut
We all require a certain percentage of body fat in order to stay healthy, but there are still different types of fat, and they aren’t all desirable. Excess stomach fat, which surrounds your vital organs, can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases. Butt fat is more likely to be classified as subcutaneous yellow fat, which is relatively harmless, health-wise. While it’s difficult to choose how your fat decides to distribute itself, there are certain foods and exercises you can focus on to encourage a flatter stomach and fuller backside.
9 Your butt is linked to your intuition
Not in a crystal ball sort of way, but studies have suggested that young women start to become more attuned to other people around the same time during puberty that they start developing curves. Evolutionary theorists think there could be a connection between emotional intelligence and butt size. Since men are often naturally attracted to women with a small waist and wide hips, those women have more pressure to develop social skills and instincts to help them judge potential mates.
While women with larger chests often have the tendency to slouch a little (either from the weight, or just because they’re subconsciously trying to make their boobs look smaller), women with big butts often have fantastic posture. A strong butt can help elongate hip flexors which keeps your spine in alignment and will make you stand up straighter. And we all know a woman who stands tall, proud, and confident is infinitely more attractive than a woman who is trying to make herself look smaller.
7 Who needs drugs when there are big butts?
The sight of a large woman's butt activates the reward regions of the male brain that are otherwise activated by drugs, alcohol, and food, according to a study published in PLoS ONE where researchers monitored brain response to photos of women before and after butt enhancement surgery. There are a lot more unconscious reactions to butts than people are aware of, and even if guys don't realize they like a big butt, they are programmed to notice it anyway.
6 Butt enhancement surgery is a lot more common
Breast implants used to be the most in demand plastic surgery, but now, butt injections are on people's radar too. You can get silicone injections, implants, or try a Brazilian Butt Lift, which takes your own fat from another part of your body and injects it into your butt. Women turning to plastic surgery to feel better about a part of their body they've always been self conscious about is nothing new, and while breast implants are still the most popular procedure, butts are steadily gaining ground.
5 A big butt makes your waist look smaller
The most desirable body type for women is the hourglass shape because wider hips and a larger bust will inevitably make your waist look small in comparison. The hourglass shape is also appealing to men because it signals that a woman is fertile and capable of bearing children. No matter what, a bigger butt and a smaller waist is always more attractive that the other way around, and it's healthier too.
4 Your butt can protect your more vulnerable muscles
Your hamstrings— the muscles that run down the backs of your thighs— are particularly prone to injury. But a strong butt can help protect those muscles by shouldering some of the weight when you do exercise that engage the under thigh area. People might have neglected their butts in their exercise routines in the past thinking cardio would target their glutes naturally, but doing exercises specific to each muscle group will show a lot more progress overall.
3 Squats are trendy now too
If you're the type who's always looking for new workout trends, then you've probably tried your hand at a squat challenge or two. Squats are the perfect exercise for your butt and thighs, and if you add weights they can work the entire body at the same time. Think you can work your way up to doing 200 squats a day? Kim and Khloe Kardashian have reported that squats are their go-to workout for maintaining their famous backsides.
2 The idea of beauty has become more culturally diverse
Sir Mix-A-Lot's song "Baby Got Back" came out in 1992, and even before then African American and Latina women have been known for their ample backsides. But the media was so focused on the super thin "ideal body type" of the moment to appreciate them fully. Now that women of all backgrounds, skin colours, and cultures are becoming more accepted in mainstream media, so are their natural body types. There's still a long way to go with diversity in media, but big butts are helping with the shift.
1 Twerking is all about the butt
The biggest dance move (thanks in part to Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance in 2013) to emerge in the last few years has to be twerking. Although it isn't exactly new to people in the hip-hop scene, it suddenly became a huge craze, and everyone wanted to try it. Big booty or not, twerking is all about showing off your backside. Even Jimmy Kimmel got in on the twerking action with a viral prank that showed a girl twerking upside down while doing a handstand against a closed door.