There are positives and negatives when it comes to having some extra curves below the waist. I’m stereotyping here, but from various girlfriends’ opinions, it would seem that Latin men and African-American men appreciate booty curves more than the traditional white guys. Now, thanks to J.Lo, Beyonce, Rhianna, and Coco (that’s Ice T’s girl), the trend is hopefully changing, and more men of all races can appreciate girls with a little more junk in the trunk.
Wikipedia describes curvier girls as “full-figured or Rubenesque – the latter term referring to the art of Peter Paul Rubens, best known for portraying full-bodied women,” and “Voluptuous and zaftig,” which “usually connote ripeness, sensuality, and a body shape involving large breasts and wide hips.”
In years past, being curvy was associated with fertility, which equated to sex appeal as well as the ability to bear children. Men were attracted to curves. With the advent of mainstream television media and print media, curvy girls took a backseat to super-thin supermodels and TV actresses. Along with this came pressure to be thin, and many girls suffered eating disorders and resorted to unhealthy lifestyle choices trying reach an unrealistic physical size.
Today, one hopes, women are learning to embrace their curves and become comfortable with their outward beauty while focusing on valuing their inward beauty as well. The quest for real outward beauty is ultimately a losing battle with time and environmental elements. However, on a daily basis, we do the best we can with what we have, and learn to dress or apply makeup in ways that benefit our individual features. We also can try to eat and exercise in a healthy way. Lastly, it’s not just a cliche that we must love and accept ourselves before we can love another.
That being said, women have an amazing ability to empower one another through encouragement, rather than being catty and tearing one another apart. As a curvy female, I want to share with you my favorite jeans that will make you feel sexy and help you to embrace those curves that God gave you!
AG Jeans, or Adriano Goldschmied Jeans, are worth every penny. They fit perfectly on a curvy girl and last several years, if you wash them on delicate and turn them inside out when washing.
To be honest with you, for years (after awful things being said to me by an ex-hubby who didn’t appreciate my curves) I abstained from wearing jeans altogether. Instead, I opted for so-called “slimming” black pants. Also, at the time, low rise jeans did not exist. As a “pear”-shaped girl, my waist was really little and my hips kind of curvy; jeans were designed to fit snugly at the waist…so I either had jeans that fit my booty, but were huge enough around the waist that I could stick a small pillow in the back, or I had jeans that fit my waist, but made me look like a stuffed sausage…not sexy!!!
As the years went by, I learned a few things. The first was to divorce a husband who loved criticizing me and my body more than loving me. The second was that I found jeans that a girl with a booty could wear and feel confident in! Now, as a part-time TV host and model and a full-time teacher, my weight fluctuates five to eight pounds, but the AG jeans work with me 24/7.
AG jeans were designed around a “fit model” who had curves to begin with. A fit model is an live model whom a designer will use to fit a garment around. Most brands use thinner models, but AG used a curvier one.
AG jeans have several great features. The first is pocket placement. Pockets that are placed lower and a tad angled on the booty give the illusion of a slightly smaller, shapelier and uplifted booty…a great optical illusion! The second benefit is that the waist sits more on the hips, rather than at your natural waistline, so you don’t get that “carrot” look…most of you know what I mean!
A third advantage is that AG jeans have a leaner leg. Now, some jeans, like those at the Limited and the DKNY brand, have the lower pockets and the lower waist, but the legs are a little wider. If you have a thicker thigh, those are great choices, but if you are like me and have a bigger booty with smaller thighs you want a thinner leg on your jeans; a wider leg can make you look heavier than you are. A lot of celebrities, even Oprah, recommend Seven jeans, for example. Sevens are cool, except I find the legs run a tad wide for me.
Of course, the rule of thumb is that you always want to try jeans on, even premium denim. Each brand has different styles. My favorite AG styles happen to be the Merlot and the Dylan. Another brand to consider is Paige Premium Denim, a good choice for curvy girls who like the pockets up a little higher, for more of the “Apple Bottom” look with a lower waist. Another choice is denim from Virtue Jeans. Try to avoid True Religion if you have a big booty. They have great pockets, but tend to smush your booty flat.
If you’re interested, I’m 5’6″, my bustline is 34, waist averages 25-27, and hips are 36-38, depending on if I’m doing commercial work or not. My size range is 4 (small) for tops and 6′s on bottom, with AG Jeans size 28 when I’m lighter and 29 when I’m heavier. Now, some of you gals who have more curves than I do might feel I have no right to call myself curvy. However, in an industry where I audition with girls who are size double zero, I’m actually considered heavy. It’s a crazy world we live in.
I hope this helps you find jeans that you love, and helps you to love and appreciate your curves, too!
PS: If a man doesn’t love you with your curves, he’s not worth it…MOVE ON…there are plenty of great guys who will love you for you! I had to wait till I was in my 30s, but I found one and he was worth the wait!