Big Bottoms On Women Are African Assets


By Makeda Mikael


Recently a contention about the size of a woman’s derrière made prime time news on the Government station ABS TV, and negative raves among people who should know their history and the physiography which comes with it.

African women have big bottoms which properly attired is a thing of beauty!

The rhythms of its roll under a wrapper is music and eye candy to any energetic male, but definitely nothing handsome in western style clothing, including men’s trousers.

In Africa, where hunger can be the norm, a woman’s big bottom establishes that she is not hungry; her parents or her husband can afford to feed her, she comes with heritage!

The clothes and customs of our African culture has been ridiculed and thrown out by the dominant culture of the white world which we now embrace, even competing with the skinny white models for whom their fashions are designed.

Women are creatures of fashion and wherever they occupy space, the need to look good is often conditioned by their location and its style.

When In Rome …. so it is not surprising that Jeans, Lycra, Spandex, all which make skinny white girls look like a ‘willow in the wind’ only expose those exciting rolls and handle bars of the African woman, making her look quite absurd and unappealing.

When an African woman wraps her nappy head in those colorful artistic headwraps, dons her African gown embroidered at the neck and covering her luscious body, she glides into the imagination of her of her admirers, and as you know it all starts in the head.

Or if she wears a double wrapper below her embroidered bubba, the loose wrap and unwrapping of the outer wrapper becomes part of the sex appeal of African wear. Without a bottom the style and the sexuality of being fully covered in loose and flowing robes can be lost, leaving noting to the imagination!

Africans in the diaspora have grown up on hand-me-downs from the plantation days, when there was nothing more elevating than dressing up in Missus old clothes, and stepping like Missus past those field hands on the way to the back door of the Great House.

Nothing has changed except that Missus and Missy now wear men’s pants and Jeans, Lycra and Spandex, which for the most part suits their body build, but negates all the good in love handles and coveted big bottoms, and which make black and African people look ugly.

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  1. Great article, except for the part with the comparison to white women…there was no need for that…I never heard that propagandistic expression in Antigua; only here in the US…in my day Antiguan women wore their African styles…and it showed the beautiful BATTY…

    • My dear you need to see batty tie down in Lycra Spandex in Antigua now, you can’t even see the boys struggling, just one hard mess! You know whose clothes dem be?

  2. Interesting article. I both agree and disagree. I agree that many popular clothing styles and colours work best on certain body types e.g. tall, skinny, white model types. I agree that black people should wear more clothing that complements our features so that young girls can have better self-esteem and not engage in certain behaviours to feel better about themselves. I disagree that slavery alone is the problem and that traditional African clothes are the answer. Just because something is African does not make it perfect for us. African ancestors draped fabric because they did not have modern sewing machines etc. Not all African prints look amazing on everyone. Tunics and caftans are not appropriate for every occasion. Black people make up a small percentage of the world’s population and many of us are poor. That’s one reason there has not been a significant black-friendly fashion industry . I think we should now design modern style African-inspired clothing e.g. African print modern wrap skirts or dresses. We should also design island-inspired clothing because to be honest we are not completely African but now modern island people.

    • @middle ground. Bwoi what set of garbage that just spilled off your mouth? What is so modern in the Caribbean islands? I’m looking wide and far, and I do not see the “modern” you so emphatically put forth. At best this article is very accurate, for I do not see any sex appeal in black females having jeans on looking like a tom boy, and it is of a fact that those clothes does not accentuate the typical black woman’s figure, both island women and African on a hold. A big part of dressing and looking really good in your cloth, is to leave something for the imagination, and because of the typical figure of the black woman, the author is correct. Putting in clothes that just leave everything hanging is not a good look for the black woman, because everything is expose and takes away most sexual imagination that intrigues men. The author points that out very well in this article and is just encouraging our youth to go back to the style of dressing that brings back that appeal. We are talking about beauty and sexuality here, not just fashion. Where the black woman if today are you to par with the latest fashion trends, they are lacking in the sexuality department, and I totally agree with the author that it’s a ugly look that was never use to be like that.

    • Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! @ MIDDLE GROUND “Not so long ago the Earth numbered 2 billion inhabitants, i.e., 500 million men and 1.5 billion “natives.” The first possessed the Word, the others borrowed it.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

      The Education system which has been inherited from the Colonials has changed very little and still is intent on preparing good civil servants with a “neglected education!” FYI Antigua and Barbuda is 95% People of African Descent!

      For ALL Me Gud Frens!
      “The world’s population is projected to reach 8 billion on 15 November 2022!
      The latest projections by the United Nations suggest that the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 10.4 billion in 2100.
      In 2022, the two most populous regions were both in Asia: Eastern and South-Eastern Asia with 2.3 billion people (29 per cent of the global population), and Central and Southern Asia with 2.1 billion (26 per cent). China and India, with more than 1.4 billion each, accounted for most of the population in these two regions.
      The current population of Africa is 1,410,374,411 as of Monday, September 5, 2022!
      Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 70% of sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30. Such a high number of young people is an opportunity for the continent’s growth.
      More than half of the projected increase in global population up to 2050 will be concentrated in just eight countries: Africa – the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and the United Republic of Tanzania; India, Pakistan, the Philippines.” Did you know that there are African Peoples in India, Pakistan and the Philippines!
      That does not include the numbers for People of African Descent living in the Diaspora, Brazil 209Million 60% of whom self identify as being of African Descent, that is 125.4M, Latin America including Mexico which tends to be forgotten, the Caribbean, USA (47.8Million), Canada, Europe, Asia, China, Australia, there were indigenous Black People there before the Europeans shipped their British prisoners there and many planters who left the Caribbean and US following the US war of Independence and the Civil War, The Numerous SIDS of the Pacific such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, The Philippines!

      @MIDDLE GROUND! If you are of African Descent and leave the Rock even to TnT, Guyana or any Country on this Globe, you will be seen as either Black or of African Descent! “An endless task, the cataloguing of reality. We accumulate facts, we discuss them, but with every line that is written, with every statement that is made, one has the feeling of incompleteness.” ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks!

  3. Actually a good comment but you lost me when you said that black people made up a small percentage of the world population. Black people are only a minority group on TV, my friend. In reality, more than 1 in 6 humans lives in Africa. Over 1.16 billion people in sub Saharan Africa. That’s more than the population of the US, Canada, EU, Australia and Russia combined. Most of the world is Asian. But African is the second largest.

    Now this may shock you. There are actually more black people in the world than white people and the gap is widening every year. The fashion industry reflects the nature of the people running it and that of the people running the media. They have no interest in selling you yours ..they want to sell you what they can control. So your money flows into their pockets. The solution is to simply build up our own industry over time.

  4. AJ I could not have said it better. You are correct. I love my African peoples,and in particular , my African women, and I love the beautiful clothes they design and wear on their beautiful bodies…the African woman, anywhere in the world, is “finger licking looking good “….

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