By Mwabi Kaira
I have been blessed in the derrière area and fill my jeans out quite nicely. I feel like it is pretty large as is and can’t imagine trying to make it bigger. Making it smaller would be of more interest to me. Even when I was 35 lbs lighter and in a size 8, I lost much of everything else but this derrière was still right here so it’s not going anywhere. I’ve come to terms with it. When Drake was recently photographed with a woman with a derrière twice the size of mine, I wondered how she could function with it. Also, along with the rest of the internet, we wondered when this butt implant trend would end because some of these jobs don’t look quite right as far as proportions go.
|Photo of Drake and Zmeenaorr|
Butt enhancements were a secretive thing a decade-and-a-half ago. It was all about speculation when we watched video vixens in rap videos. And then there were mumblings about illegal silicone injections and fix-a-flat, cement and super glue horrors. Then the arrests came. Oneal Ron Morris was sentenced to 10 years in prison for injecting a combination of silicone, mineral oil, Fix-a-Flat tire sealant, cement and Super Glue to women to give them shapelier backsides. Shatarka Nuby, 31, died after receiving as many as 10 injections from Morris between 2007 and 2010. In 2015 Anivia Cruz-Dilworth appeared on Iyanla Vanzant’s Fix My Life to discuss how she ruined her body and life by getting black market injections to enhance her butt.
Butt enhancements have become so much a part of pop culture today that they made it to Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. Shemekka gets an enhancement that doesn’t go so right. Having a big butt has become the Kim Kardashian standard of beauty and people are going to see their plastic surgeons so they too can fit this new false standard. Open up instagram and your eyes will be assaulted by booty after booty from these IG models. Natural bodies are frowned upon and this build-your-body mentality has become the standard. Having high self-esteem and self-love are vital in this new world we are living in.
|Singer K. Michelle|
Yet there are documented cases of butt enhancements causing major health crisis. The most notable and outspoken being R&B singer K. Michelle. The singer got butt implants and achieved a booty that served her image well, making her a household name. The implants began to affect her health over time causing her to be extremely fatigued. She said, “My butt is so big that my legs are not holding it.” She decided to have her implants removed last year and the process has not been an easy one. She has taken to her instagram to document the surgeries and the complications that have come with them since January. Her first surgery went well until her body started shutting down. It was discovered that the silicone had spread and a second surgery was needed to remove it. The second surgery lasted 6 hours and blood transfusions were needed. Her recovery has been long and slow but she is on the mend.
Another notable woman documenting her journey is fitness-preneur Jenelle Salazar Butler, known as @GetBodiedByJ to her 714K followers who opted for a similar surgery after getting illegal butt shots back in 2010. The wife and now mom of three runs a successful business where she promotes self-love and a healthy lifestyle. The silicone she had injected all those years ago seemed like a thing of the past until it started to creep back into her life and began affecting her health after having her son. Like K. Michelle, she decided to get them removed and share it and like K. Michelle her journey has not been an easy one. Her removal surgery bill was footed by The Doctors but would have cost a total of $20,000 to $25,000. Within the first 24 hours after surgery she blacked out three times and had to be rushed to the emergency room for three blood transfusions. Jenelle says, “I’m trying to be that voice and that person for those women out there that are contemplating going the back alley way, because they don’t have enough money to go get a fat transfer.”
Lets face it, enhancing our bodies has become a part of the norm and will likely not stop. In 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons announced that butt implants were the fastest growing type of plastic surgery. However, with accessibility comes a lot of knowledge that will hopefully inspire women to research the procedures and doctors before getting surgery. That way, at least they’ll be going about it in a safer way.