Recently, I have been seeing all these videos and images of women, like the ones above, on the internet and TV, and realized that this is what young women are watching. They are looking at these images and thinking that in order to be a successful woman you have to show your ASSets. It's really disappointing to me that these women, who have huge followings are sending messages that in order to gain popularity you have have a huge ass and big boobs and flaunt it. They are not sending the message that being smart and talented is something to achieve. Then people wonder why high school students are going out and getting plastic surgery. Think about it, Kim Kardashian is popular because she had a sex tape with Ray J and now for having a crazy body and not being shy about it. I get if you have a dope body be proud but there should be balance because most women don't look like this. Photoshop is a beautiful thing and most young women don't know these pictures are enhanced in any way, which then makes them think they need to not eat and get surgery so they can look like that. And they believe that the most important thing in life is the way you look, how many likes you get on instagram, and how many followers you can get by taking sexy selfies.
As a woman in the music industry, it makes it harder for me to be taken seriously. Most men think that women will flaunt their bodies and do whatever it is to get ahead because they don't pride themselves on their minds or achievements. I have seen it first hand and it's really disappointing. However, I have been really lucky to have worked for very strong, beautiful, talented, and smart women in the industry that don't use their bodies to get ahead. They work their asses off and they get shit done. Those are the women that should be on the cover of magazines not just big booty ho's. When you look at Nicki's videos you don't listen to her rapping but you pay attention to her body. You want her to dance around in skimpy outfits and you don't care about what she's rapping about, which is nothing in "Anaconda". It's actually garbage but it's gotten so big because of the video. Then you have Iggy and JLo ,who are known for their asses as well, who did a song, "Booty" which is garbage as well. But the video of their asses and their performances make the song popular. Again, I'm not against being sexy and showing off what you got, but I think the media should also promote women who might not have those bodies but are smart, strong, talented women doing right in their industries, that are confident enough to not flaunt their bodies.
To me, especially for this generation, that have access to everything, we need to give them positive role models to look up to. We have to give them hope that even if you don't look like Kim K, Niki, Iggy or JLo that you can still be sexy without showing it off and that they should be able to love themselves for who they are. We need to let them know that being you is good enough and trying to enhance your body isn't worth it, because you can make it with more than just your body but with your mind and achievements. So for all you strong, smart, and beautiful women out there that have respect for their bodies, show yourselves and be that role model for this generation. WE NEED YOU!