If we base trends on what celebrities are doing, then the BBL era might be on its way out.
Blac Chyna took to her Instagram on Monday to share with her fans that she recently reduced her breasts and buttocks. The public figure says that this is a part of her journey.
“I am very very very very happy,” she shared in one of the videos posted. “[The reduction was] one of the best decisions I could’ve done in a very long time.”
Blac Chyna also made it very clear that she received silicone shots in her butt, rather than an actual Brazilian Butt Lift.
“A** shots and a BBL are totally different and Imma tell you why,” she explained. “A BBL is when they use your own fat. A** shots is silicone. So I just want all the ladies out there to know: do not get silicone shots because you can get sick, you can die, you can have complications and all this other silly stuff.”
Blac Chyna has been very vocal about turning her life around and has taken fans along with her on that journey. Just last May, she got baptized for her 34th birthday. At this year’s Grammys, she wore an outfit fashioned after a phoenix to represent her rebirth. In the video she posted about her reduction procedure, she explained that she is changing her life and changing her ways.
Although Blac Chyna’s reduction was a surprise to many, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a celebrity reverse or alter the surgical procedures done to their body. Are we witnessing the death of the “BBL era” and the culture that comes along with it?
BBL Era Slowly Changing For Celebrities
Before we continue, it is important to note that many celebrities who have gotten reductions did not have a BBL and opted for shots. Both are very dangerous. Shots are the process of inserting foreign objects in your body, which naturally, is much worse. In a BBL procedure, a surgeon removes excess fat from one part of a patient’s body and injects it into the buttocks. Despite those distinctions, the movement of enhancing body parts (more specifically your breasts, hips and butt) are all considered a part of what society has called the “BBL era.”
A few other celebrities have undergone a reversal.
K. Michelle was one of the first women to openly share her butt reduction journey. In fact, her story was a very difficult one. She shared with People Magazine that she had to have four surgeries to remove the injections she received. K. Michelle admitted the shots were not done by a professional. The silicone that was inserted in the butt and hips ended up spreading down to her legs. Thus, “damaging her tissue and threatening her overall health,” People reported.
Cardi B was the most recent celeb to come forward with openly admitting to getting their previous work reduced. The rapper hopped on IG live to talk about a recent surgical procedure she underwent. This wasn’t a surprise to fans as she has always been open about the work she has gotten done. What did shock fans, however, was the announcement that she got her butt shots removed.
“In August I got surgery and I removed 95% of my [biopolymers] … if you don’t know what it is, it’s a** shots. It was a really crazy process,” the rapper said. “All I’m going to say is that if you’re young — if you’re 19, 20, 21 — and sometimes you’re too skinny, and you be like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t have enough fat to put in my **,’ so you result to a** shots, DON’T!”
Growth Of Body Positivity As Opposed To The BBL
The end of the BBL era definitely appears to be underway, but it’s hard to pin it down to one reason. Some may argue that it is not good for your health, while others argue that since its more accessible to non-famous people, celebrities no longer want it. Another argument is the rise of body positivity among celebs and non-famous people alike.
Celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion and Chlöe have been praised for their bodies being naturally thick. Megan even raps in one of her songs that she has a body that people will pay to get. The naturally thick look is becoming more popular. While the more unrealistic, barbie doll aesthetic is becoming less desirable.
Lizzo has become a figure for plus-sized girls to look up to as well. She has always been very open about shaking what her mama gave her in her shows and on social media. This is the type of encouragement women of varying sizes and shapes needed to embrace the natural bodies they have. Lizzo has reminded them that sexy doesn’t mean just one thing.
Women with slimmer builds are also getting a major confidence boost from rappers like Coi LeRay and GloRilla. Both have been very open about their bodies. GloRilla refuses to let anyone tell her that she isn’t thick. Coi LeRay twerks as if she is packing a shelf behind her. Both of them show their confidence in their bodies every chance they get. This, in turn, helps smaller women be comfortable with what they have as well.
Future Of The BBL
The future of the BBL is isn’t looking quite as bright as it once did, and for good cause. Women can now focus more on making their bodies healthier and accepting who they naturally are all while saving the money they would’ve spent to get work done.