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Black women and BBL surgery - a silent killer

BODY GOALS: Beyonce

A PERT posterior is nice to look at – there’s no denying that.

Whether it’s Beyoncé or Beverley down the street, you’ll find both men and women of all sexualities ogling in admiration for women with vulptous figures.

But is this admiration - and arguably, obsession - now damaging and killing the black women who don’t possess such curves? In the age of social media, I’d make a case that it just might be killing them – both literally and figuratively.

As we wake up and scan our social media, we’re constantly absorbing images of perfection. Whether it’s achieving the perfect body, the perfect make up look, starring at images of celebrities perfectly photo shopped faces or even people we know – ideas of perfection are fed to us on a regular basis. And when it comes to a tiny waist and a big behind, there’s nothing more desired or glorified in 2018.

As a result, this desire to have the perfect bod has led to an influx of women getting Brazilian butt lift surgery in order to get that figure.

Brazilian butt lift surgery – also known as BBL – is a cosmetic surgery, which involves fat being taken from one part of the patient’s body and injected into the buttocks. While many women are out in droves, travelling to foreign lands in pursuit of the perfect buttocks, a report published in 2017 discovered that a survey including 692 plastic surgeons worldwide, found that 1 in 3000 operations resulted in death.

And most recently the BBC reported a second British woman died after undergoing the surgery, while Ex On The Beach star Natalee Harris has warned women about the dangers of the procedure after her botched BBL surgery.

She told The Daily Star: “I went to the clinic [in Turkey] because I had seen someone post about it on Instagram. The whole experience was horrific. The surgeon barely asked me any questions. We were trying to use Google Translate as no one spoke English. When I came round they didn't give me a bodysuit which I should wear or anything.

“My bed was soaking because I was leaking from my wounds, but they basically sent me back to the hotel the next day with paracetamol. I was crying my eyes out and in so much pain.”


PIC CAP: Lattia Baumeister and Ranika Hall both died from BBL surgeries in 2017

The surge of women going to get this form of surgery directly stems from a desire to attain a certain figure, often attributed to black women. While people praise Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez for popularising curves, we know that black women have been the originators of curvy figures and were once mocked for having the bodies that many women are now paying and dying to have.

However, while black women are notoriously known for their curves, not all of them fit that mould. Black women are not monolithic – some are curvy and some are skinny. Some have small chests and some have larger chests. And some have huge behinds and some have none at all. The latter can be a real challenge for some black women, but this often goes unnoticed.

While the obsession with BBL surgeries isn’t limited to black women, (as noted by the two women mentioned in the article who are white) there is a different amount of pressure they feel because they don’t meet that stereotyped quota.

To be a black women with no ass is a challenge, and this desire to get BBL surgery is often more than for physical purposes. For black women of this generation, it’s almost a way to “fit it”.

This is echoed by an interview singer K. Michelle did in 2017. The star, who recently removed her butt implants, shared that the reason she got them was because she would “wish I could be a REAL black woman”.

This damaging mentality is slowly killing the self esteem of many women who are particularly insecure about not having a big behind. Somewhere down the line, black womanhood became so synonymous with their assets, that to not have it makes some feel like they are less than.

That’s why there was so much admiration for UK YouTuber Nella Rose, who spoke out about why she cancelled her BBL surgery despite the on-going pressures she faces to have a big bum as a black girl in today’s social-media driven society.

Combatting societal standards, whether its body types to hair textures can be tricky. But it’s important that this particular trend stops praying on young women struggling with insecurities in a world that highly glorifies one type of body which is deemed acceptable when it comes to black women.

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