It’s a battle of the booty! Coco Austin has undoubtedly one of the biggest butts in the modeling game. And in a recent post to Instagram, she’s here to remind you that she — not bootylicious Kim Kardashian — was the one who paved the way for thick girls everywhere. The mother-of-one shared a throwback modeling pic that shows off her sizable assets, and in the caption of the post, she got real about her journey in the industry.
“I would like to shed light to almost 21 years of modeling,” she wrote. “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.”
She then goes on to mention the thick women who came after her. “This was back before social media when magazines were popping, back before Kim K, Nicki Minaj,” she explained. “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… To have booty it was considered to be fat in the modeling world... But I helped change the minds of what booty was.”
She stated that she’s part of the reason we see so many curvy women in the industry now. “Today it's a normal thing to see all different shapes and sizes, no one even thinks about it anymore,” she continued. “I helped history...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!”
The blonde beauty did, however, receive some backlash for her post after some users accused her of cultural appropriation. “How can you sit there and say ‘I made being curvy cool’ when you yourself had to buy all that curvy so you could become more desirable,” one commenter wrote. “I’m just tired of white women not owning up to the fact that they use black women and [women of color] in general as their muse lol and I'm not saying white women can't be thick..of course they can but I hate how ppl used to make fun of [women of color] for having big a--es but as soon as a white girl does it..it's hot? F--k that s--t. Coco needs to realize her privilege. Ice T fills her head with garbage probably.”
Coco has since addressed her fans’ concerns by updating the caption of the 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 [with] thick bodies in the modeling game,” she said. “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.”