May 11, 2021

My body shape may be in fashion just now, but for how long?

As gym-bunny bloggers aspire towards big bums and fashion popularises black body shapes, will ethnic-minority women remember how to love their bodies once the trend is over?

I can’t remember when I stopped hearing the phrase “Does my bum look big in this?” But the question makes my skin crawl. I think of that weird scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary where her (very small) bum slides down towards the camera on a fireman’s pole.

Vogue established in 2014 that big bums were back in fashion, while in 2015 the Guardian asked if big lips were the new bushy brow. What isn’t often mentioned is how these “trends” are intimately tied to black people’s bodies, like my own.

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