“To have booty, it was considered to be fat in the modeling world. But I helped changed the minds of what booty was.”
This comes from curvaceous model Coco Austin, who was recently lambasted for claiming to have opened the door for thick women to be seen as desirable.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the mother and wife of actor Ice-T shared a photo of herself from her early modeling days, rocking a barely-there swimsuit while explaining she started “the derriere phenomenon” years “before Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj” were on the scene.
She also credited Jennifer Lopez and the late Anna Nicole Smith with popularizing bigger butts.
“During my time it was pretty much J.Lo that was making waves with the derriere phenomenon. Of course, I need to give props to Anna Nicole Smith for also seeing this vision,’ added the former reality star.
“I helped history. I don’t want to toss it aside like it was nothing.”
She went on, “I helped pave the way for thick girls during the skinny genre (during the Kate Moss days what they call the waif era) to be noticed as beautiful…This was also back before the plastic surgery craze.”
Check out the full post below.
I would like to shed light to almost 21 years of modeling ..I don’t post much about it & new followers don’t even know I had a career in modeling they just see a wife,mother and someone that was on reality tv but just like every actor, singer, rapper, entertainer I’m proud of what I’ve done. I feel people should know it wasn’t easy..I helped pave the way for thick girls during the skinny genre (during the Kate Moss days what they call the waif era) to be noticed as beautiful..this was back before social media when magazines were popping, back before KimK, Nicki Minaj..( I mention them because young people see pop culture as the history makers but they need to know it started somewhere before them, this was also back before the plastic surgery craze. During my time it was pretty much Jlo that was making waves with the derriere phenomenon and Cindy Margolos was a popular bikini model and Buffie the Body was a popluar urban model and of course I need to give props to Anna Nicole Smith for also seeing this vision..To have booty it was considered to be fat in the modeling world.But I helped changed the minds of what booty was.Today its a normal thing to see all different shapes & sizes, no one even thinks about it anymore. I helped history in someway.I don’t want to toss it aside like it was nothing.I’d like to think some of my modeling was meaningful.After tons of calendars,DVD’s over 100 magazine covers and editorials I’m still standing.Thank you for all years of support .Power to the booty and strong healthy women! (This pic is from one of my motorcylce calendars) Update to post!!! This was posted yesterday & ALL comments were positive until race was brought up today.Let me remind you 20 years ago there were not a lot of white girls w/ thick bodies in the modeling game.They didn’t consider my body type as the standard therefore It was harder to work in the industry.I was one of the 1st white models to break the mold & go mainstream with my body type and to let people know its OK to be curvy in the modeling world.Today curvy is the norm but when I first started out it wasn’t. Yesterday I felt I explained this thoroughly but I see some of you needed more details
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Plenty of social media followers called out the curvy celeb, saying there’s no way a White woman could have “paved the way” for thick women in any regard. See some of the best reactions below.
Coco Austin claims she started the big booty trend
how a white girl gonna act like she started the big booty trend?
— Titty_Pharaoh (@Ay_fiddy) January 15, 2018
Coco Austin claims she created ‘the derriere phenomenon’ http:/@DailyMailCeleb What,she meant to say,is she paved d way,4 white girls to GET TIT, BUTT INJECTIONS AND PLASTIC SURGERY😉come on man,who u kidding,like dat BLONDE RAPPER,FROM DOWN UNDER,WHO BEEN UNDER THE D knife👏i
— King Photographer (@kingphotointl1) January 15, 2018
Coco did not just take credit for the popularity of thick models. She out of her rabid ass mind.
— ✈️D (@just_flyd) January 15, 2018
Coco T wants y’all to speak her name for putting thick girls on..
Cause evidently thick wasn’t a thing till she started doin squats pic.twitter.com/XfbVbNtcnU
— Tardy B (@Nothinbuttreble) January 16, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.