Nicki Minaj threw a tantrum over ‘acceptable’ supermodel tushes: fair?

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has been stirring sh-t up on social media this week. She already tweeted about racism in hip hop and threw some hefty shade on Iggy Azalea in the process. All of that was precursor to Nicki dropping the artwork for her new “Anaconda” single. We only thought Nicki started dressing classy. She hasn’t changed a bit. (I’m blurring this image for your eyeballs and because we blur all derrieres on this site.)

Nicki Minaj

With a single cover like this, no one is really thinking about the music, right? Nicki wanted some attention, so she put her booty out there for everyone to see. She wanted big reactions. She wanted to have people freak out over her NSFW thong shot. She wanted to rant when people called her out for looking for attention.

Someone took the bait and photoshopped Nicki’s cheeks into the Google logo. Nicki decided this parody was racist and posted it to her Instagram page. Then she posted the thonged tushies of a bunch of SI models, including the latest SI: Swim cover. Nicki labeled these tushes “acceptable” and “angelic” (except for Chrissy Teigen’s butt, which she laughed at). Nicki stuck to posting white girl booty to make her point. She purposely did not post any tushies of SI’s black swimsuit models like Cris Urena or Chanel Iman.

Does Nicki have a point about racism against booties? There’s a difference between the SI: Swim issue (where people expect to see tush) and a single cover (that people see on the internet without warning). For what it’s worth, people called out Lady Gaga for her thong on the “Do What U Want” single cover too.

Nicki Minaj

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  1. An says:

    I’ve noticed that a white girl with a ”big” booty is labelled hot and curvy in the media but a black girl with a ”big” booty is hood and trashy so yes, there is a level of racism there.

    Also, I don’t think its’s a tantrum when you’re speaking the truth. Unless it’s some Kanye type sh*t.

    • Naye in VA says:

      I get you on that. But what about Nicki ISNT hood and trashy??? So her argument is dead. She raps whole verses about her ass.

      • An says:

        Ha! I was just going to edit and put in that Nicki saying this is a mute point since she’s basically all plastic but I can appreciate her point.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I don’t see a distinction here between the SI cover and her cover. They are ALL being objectified. I guess Nicki’s is slightly different in that she probably had creative control over her image in the single cover. Big booties, small booties, I feel like they are all being glorified right now in pop culture. I don’t see hate for bigger booties at all, that is the look that everyone is going for.

        If someone edited her toosh into the Google logo, they are just following her lead in treating her body like an object and image to be manipulated for entertainment.

      • Gea says:

        I really don’t understand the whole bootie movement?I usually try to hide mine, with long tunics and etc. Personally I don’t find that part of human body appealing . I just don’t get that, sorry…

    • jinni says:

      Well unfortunately everything black people do is considered trashy or uncivilized.

      But I’ve also noticed that women in general with more traditional ideal female bodies ( more pronounced female secondary characteristics, ex. big boobs and wide hips) are censored more than woman with more androgynous bodies with hardly any curves at all.

      Women with larger breasts and/or curvier bodies are considered vulgar even when they are fully covered, while women with less curvy bodies can show off large portions of their bodies and they are considered fashionable, daring, and a classy kind of sexy.

      • Naye in VA says:

        Yea unfortunately thats a fact of life. I’ve always had to pay extra attention to my cleavage lest I feel like I’m being trashy (in certain settings)

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Kate Hudson said something similar about her nudity in Almost Famous. She said because her chest is so small, it didn’t seem as vulgar so she went for it.

      • Em says:

        Exactly, then culture vultures swoop in and it’s suddenly a trend or cool in pop culture, see Miley twerking

      • LAK says:

        Objectifying one body type over another is as old as the hills.

        For centuries, big women were considered the ideal bodies and sizes over their thinner, more androgenous counterparts.

        the view that thin, androgenous women could be beautiful came about only as recently as the 60s. Prior to that, it was exception rather than rule.

        one word: Rubens

        after a few years it´ll swing back the other way.

      • Not quite says:

        Not quite it really depends on the culture as well. You are basing that only on the European view, where thick was in because it meant you could eat more than others and therefore was a status symbol. But if you look at ancient Mughal (Indian) or Persian art and paintings, many women were portrayed as thin with long dark hair and huge eyes with giant boobs (lol). I would see these in my Iranian grandfather’s house and be confused because most Iranian girls I know are pretty curvy especially in the rear area! Big boobs too, but not always the idealized thin beauties in ancient art. Also, during the Roaring 20s flapper era, thin was in so that’s not necessarily true. I don’t think body trends in women are a thing, it’s just a media brainwash mechanism, and it just depends on who you speak to and where you are.

    • RobN says:

      I’ve noticed that a white girl with a big butt is labeled fat and a black girl with a big butt is labeled curvy. Not sure that the racism here, if there is any, doesn’t actually go the other way this time.

    • Raquel says:

      totally agree with An’s point

    • Anna says:

      @ Jinni I think that point of view also applies to Nicki and Iggy. everything Nicki does is seen as uncivilized and trashy and when Iggy does the exact same thing (but is worse at it) she’s praised to the ends of the earth for it by out of touch media.

    • Kosmos says:

      I find Nicki unacceptable in every way, so I don’t think I can judge her comments without thinking about how much I dislike her in general, sorry. I think that women come in all sizes and shapes, but people who pose in trashy ways are not my thing, whether they have large or small butts. If it’s done in good taste, then I think okay, but today, we seem to be moving in the somewhat trashy, overly sexualized, bad taste direction, at least for now, but hopefully, that will change.

  2. kri says:

    WTF? This doesn’teven make sense. Maybe I am just super grouchy but what is she saying? To me an ass in a thong is an ass in a thong. Angelic? If I gotta see an ass, I want it to look more like Minaj’s than an SI girl or Gaga but that’s just me. Where is the racism?

  3. Abbott says:

    Hopefully this is the first and last time I type this: I want to hear what Chrissy Teigen has to say!

  4. Naye in VA says:

    Um firstly HI-larious. Secondly I dont care if I never hear about another ass again. My sister has a big ass ans I have nada. My lack of butt has been the topic of many a conversation. All I hear about, and all I see are thirsty thirsty dudes sweating a big ass. If there is racism on the other side about it, I’ve never heard it. I’ve heard that white men prefer smaller women all the way around, but that’s not my target demographic and I’m pretty sure its not Nicki’s target demographic, and if I had a round booty like that someone could photoshop it onto Google all day, especially if it was my album cover. Angelic butts? Some men think her butt is next to heaven, and she knows it, that’s why she paid for it. Whatever gurl.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “Some men think her butt is next to heaven, and she knows it, that’s why she paid for it. ”

      Lol!! :D

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I know SO many white dudes that love a big butt. I mean, straight-up fetishize it. Those same dudes usually go nuts over big boobs so who knows? Maybe they’re just fleshy parts enthusiasts.

      All I can say is that my tiny white ass couldn’t GAF. Why the need to talk about women’s body parts as if they’re public commodities to be worshipped or reviled?

      I love big d*cks but you don’t see me going on and on about how I find gherkins incredibly sad and unappealing.

      ^^see what I just did there?

      • Naye in VA says:

        lmao @ OriginalKitten what is wrong with you!

        But in this case Nicki’s ass is in fact a public commodity. She markets it as such. Which also contributes to its vulgarity (in certain circles)

      • Tiffany :) says:


        LMFAO!!! :D

      • Val says:


        Also Naye in VA, love what you said.

      • Mingy says:

        ITA Naye.
        Kitten, I’m really craving a pickle now. Big, juicy one.

      • Bridget says:

        I want my ass to look good – FOR ME. I run and lift to be fit not because I want men to find my body appealing, but because it makes me feel good. I agree O Kitt, you don’t hear me going on about how I think a man’s body should be, and my body isn’t some thing that’s out there simply for men’s approval. Yuck.

        And Nikki’s point would be more coherent if that SI shot hadn’t been censored on many, many sites.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Lol, OKitten. Yeah, we mind our own business, pencil dicks.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “my body isn’t some thing that’s out there simply for men’s approval. ”

        That reminds me of a time when I was walking into my college job at a mall after having just witnessed the bloody clean up of a fatal car accident. I was shaken and disturbed. A fat, ugly man came up to me and said that I was pretty, but I would be beautiful if I smiled.

        I was shocked and said nothing at the time, but I wish I would have shouted “I am not here to decorate your world, jerk! I am a human being, not an accessory, with complex thoughts and feelings and I just saw gallons of blood wiped up with a white towel on the freeway. I have every right NOT to smile about that!”

      • Bridget says:

        recently some gym or trainer or something posted a photo of a client on Facebook – she was utterly ripped, and thr post was talking about how now that this client has put on more muscle she’s been running faster. Some of the comments are the usual ‘wow’ ‘awesome job’ but what really got me was how many random men were posting things like “she’s too manly for me now” and “I don’t like it when women are so muscular”. No one asked their opinions, and yet somehow there’s an assumption that a woman’s body is there for them to comment on and evaluate. It grosses me out that there’s an assumption that accomplishment is done for the sole purpose of, and boiled down to, whether or not men will find it aesthetically pleasing.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Ugh, that is awful, Bridget. I hate the male assumption that her fitness goals HAD to be about what her body looked like and not what it could do.

  5. Sharon says:

    So Niki wants to show off her fake store-bought butt implants for attention, a la Kim K. Oh well moving on… Nothing to see here.

  6. hutter says:

    I think context is king, here. It’s the SWIMSUIT issue. Complaining about seeing scantily clad behinds there is like complaining that the models in the Victoria’s Secret catalogue are half-naked.

  7. lem says:

    the only thing offensive about her booty is the fact that she maintains that it is real.

  8. BunnyBabe says:

    Nicki has surgically enhanced her butt, therefore over sexualizing it, making it not the same as a regular girl’s butt. Swimsuit models don’t get butt shots. It’s not racism so much as prejudice against stripper-like behavior. Kim or Iggy could do the same thing and get the same reaction.

  9. bns says:

    The picture that she posted on Instagram does put things into perspective, and she’s right. At the same time, the whole sexy popstar thing is really monotonous, and I say this as a Rihanna stan.

  10. mar says:

    she is the fakest body out there next to Kim K. I have no respect for these girls that blow up thier butts into oblivion and then complain that people talk about them. GROSS

  11. Mike says:

    The point she is trying to make is lost in her desperate attempts to get attention and needless insults of other women. Chrissy Teigen has never done anything to Nikki Minaj and did not deserve her insults. Minaj is being a hypocrite by complaining when people insult her while insulting other women. Make better music and you will get all the attention you need. Not Chrissy teigen or Iggy’s fault that you are falling back

  12. word says:

    The real question should be why do women feel the need to put ALL that on display?

  13. Raquel says:

    I think that Nicki Makes a credible point about the double standard of the media’s portrayal of black women. I think that she is a lot smarter than most people believe. The fact is that the hop hop industry and the media sexualizes black women, and criminalizes black men. I think the problem that Nicki herself faces is trying to be successful and remain relevant in an industry that profits from her overt sexuality, maintain self respect as a woman artist, and express her own sexuality. There is an overlap and sometimes a contradiction with these three issues, and I believe that is the issue that people have in supporting Nicki.

  14. JH says:

    It’s not about the booty- it has more to do with the position and the thong.
    And she has implants, correct? Or is her a** photoshopped into oblivion?

  15. eliza says:

    Umm Coco, Ice-T’s wife gets PLENTY of grief for her NSFW attention whoring booty shots from EVERYONE. Kim Kardashian and sister Khloe get negative responses as well from their booty shots. Last I knew, all three were white girls with big booties getting grief for being ATTENTION HOS.

    This is just another unnecessary rant from someone who wants lots of attention from everything she does or says.

  16. Whatwhatnot says:

    STFU Nicki.

    The SI cover is a swimsuit issue and the girls are in a more relaxed pose. Nicki is posing in a squatting, vulgar position.

    Tyra Banks said it perfectly on an episode of ANTM. You can take a naked model and pose her in a way that can look raunchy and pornographic. You can take the same nude model and pose her with hunched shoulders, legs crossed or in other ways that take they vulgarity out of it. Nicki is comparing apples to oranges.

  17. Irishae says:

    An ass is an ass is an ass. Big, small, black, white, famous, non-famous. Put it on your album cover and someone might say something about it. Shocker.

  18. Mingy says:

    i love the ass google/google ass ? genius!

  19. G says:

    Nicki’s ass is as fake as a $3 bill. Just watch her old wanna be lil Kim video’s from the 90′s.

  20. Bridget says:

    That SI cover was censored on many sites too. It depends on the site’s policy on showing butts, not the color of the model.

    And Nikki just wants attention. How is this different from her sad fake exorcism at the Grammy’s years ago?

  21. AlmondJoy says:

    Well. There IS a double standard. It would be naive to claim there isn’t. But I’m just not sure Nicki is the right one to argue this point.

    • Mean Hannah says:

      This. There is definitely a double standard, a fact that needs to be recognized regardless of the messenger. Someone up thread talked about contradictions, about who she is and her role and position in the music industry, and I agree with that.

      Also, I love the commenters on Celebitchy – good ones and not-so-good ones – but can we not say if you dress/act like stripper/pornstar, that you don’t have a say in seemingly contradictory subjects?

      • AlmondJoy says:

        “Can we not say if you dress/act like stripper/prnstar, that you don’t have a say in seemingly contradictory subjects?”

        You make an excellent point. I think it’s human nature to focus on the messenger, and by doing that, we tend to overlook the message. What Nicki is saying is correct, plain and simple. Whether she contradicts herself or not. Thanks for your response!

  22. AlmondJoy says:

    I remember being in high school and curvier black girls would get sent to the principals office for wearing shorts that were considered too short or inappropriate. Yet, there were white girls who were thin and wore short shorts, but they were labeled “athletic,” so it was ok for them.

    • Sozual says:

      I am a person with a small frame and a large chest. I would not put on a dress that had a large slit in the front. The school pulled in people that were catching most of the guys attention, the black females. Schools should stick to the dress code assigned and not go by who is pulling in the majority of the attention, due to their forms. Also, parents and students should be vocal about it, otherwise it does start to fall along discriminatory lines.

  23. yoyo says:

    SHe’s turning into Lady Gaga with her desperate “look me” stunts. And it reeks of desperation. I feel I’m watching the Titanic sink. When people who claim to “rep the streets” make it they can either rise above (Jayz, 50 cents, dr.dre…) and turn into powerful brands/cultural icons or they can reveal themselves to have hit their own glass ceiling and just become bad jokes (Pretty much every southern rapper except Lil Jon who managed to elevate his brand thanks to Celebrity Apprentice of all things, where he appeared as a caring, intelligent, business savy man aware of his talents and yet not ego tripping. He had a clear seperation between his “rap persona” and himself). So yeah, down the drain she goes. Bad move.

  24. Leaflet says:

    I hate this. Nicki’s making unwarranted racism claims again. Minaj is beginning to make this a habit. She does wrong things and then tries to play the victim. She showed her big tail on the cover of her music and because she didn’t garner her desired reaction from her audience, she tries to badger

    • Leaflet says:

      Before my phone cut me off during mid-sentence, I was trying to say this:
      I hate this. Nicki’s making unwarranted racism claims again. Minaj is beginning to make this a habit. She does wrong things and then tries to play the victim. She showed her big tail on the cover of her music and because she didn’t garner the desired reaction from her audience, she plays the blame game, hence, watering down legitimate claims of institutional racism and indirect racism in Hollywood like the things that Viola Davis and Zoe Saldanna were making . When she does something distasteful to objectify herself, and in turn the public mocks her for it, she should take it like a woman and not make herself the victim. Say what you will about Rhianna, but she never does this. When she does trashy things, she hurls insults back at those mocking her, but she never says that someone is being prejudice against her when their not. Yes, it’s more acceptable Scarlett Johanson to have a more sizable rear, but not Gwyneth Patrow as far as the business goes. Also, it would be more acceptable for a singer like Beyoncé to have a more sizable rear than say actresses like Zoe Saldanna, Gabrielle Union, or Jada Pinkett. Truth is some actresses can get away with things that other actresses can’t. This is more of a feminist issue than anything because it delves into more detail about what is acceptable for some women and body types than others. In the real world, it’s a bit more common for white women to suffer from eating disorders, the next highest is American Indian girls. Other minorities are not too far behind on the subject of suffering from eating disorders.

  25. Liz says:

    She looks so cheap posing with her silicone butt sticking out. I wonder if butt implants start to harden after 10 years the way breast implants do, and therefore require more surgeries for upkeep.

  26. Adrien says:

    Wow, we’re having a booty debate. The Asian and Latino booties are being left out. Are they the middle ground booties?

  27. luna says:

    She’s really pretty. I hope she’d just cut down on all those vulgar stuff.

  28. LaurieH says:

    This is silly. Nikki Minaj is actually crying racism because white women and black women are being sexually objectified differently while sexually objectifying herself on her album cover? Oh girl…..just no. Is this what passes for 21st century feminism? Ass in the face, crotch shots and spilling cleavage? If I had known that, I’d have skipped college and just bought a thong.

  29. Francis says:

    Nicki looks desperate. I notice she didn’t bring up Beyoncé, she was a SI Cover girl several years ago. Beyoncé looked wonderful on the cover of a Sports Illus.

  30. Joh says:

    It’s the simulated sex pose, not the nudity that grosses me out

  31. Mzizkrizten says:

    LoL those model butts are hella scrawny.

  32. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    She so needs to Duet with Celine Dion.

  33. BlackVeronicaLake says:

    I don’t like Nicki but she makes a good point. Racism is here to stay and so is sexism and when you are a woman and black you get it double time. Plus, the standard of beauty isn’t black women. So, freedom of sexuality isn’t given to black women.

  34. LilyT says:

    I’m biracial with a generous booty, and for sure it is fetishized and often makes me feel objectified. Amazingly, I feel this more from other women than from men.
    Example: last night I went out dancing and introduced myself to a girl that seemed nice. Before even responded she asked me to turn around so she could spank me… Yes, she was inebriated but still..this happens a lot.

  35. Naddie says:

    This woman could pose with a burka and still look trashy. The concept of vulgar is more about the personality and body language than clothes.

  36. Joh says:

    porn is what this cover is.
    She is sitting on a p**is and looking over her shoulder at the man she is having sex with.
    When is man going to evolve further then this?
    Or will it never as long as folks like her think only about the dollar
    And themselves.

  37. Goodnight says:

    She’s right that there seem to be double standards in the US about this.

    That said, I don’t see any difference between a black woman’s ass hanging out on a CD cover, or a white woman’s, or an asian woman’s, or whatever. It’s trashy. SI is trashy too, all those magazines that objectify women are trashy. The size and colour mean jack shit to me, it’s the image that lacks class.

    Don’t worry, Nicki. There’s plenty of trashiness out there in the music world of all different sizes, shapes, genders and colours.

  38. Sarah says:

    Besides the subject of racism… She got one point right! It is ok to see booties on a SI, but not on a CD cover?? For the love of God… I honestly don’t know why America has such a problem with naked skin, especially when it comes to the double standard that occurs e.g. on every SI Swimsuit edition where the Bikinis can’t be tiny enough and just about everybody is gushing about. What’s exactly the big difference to this very CD cover?? The exhibition of girl and woman bodies in the US media is, to my perception, extremely bigoted. On one hand, there is this big taboo about seeing a nipple on any given screen time on a network station but it is perfectly fine to have the same network showing teenage girls with the shortest of shorts in their program and bodyshaming women regularly on their Entertainment programs.

    I’m from Europe as you could have guessed, so it is a cultural difference, I know. Still, I don’t get it: What’s the difference of seeing a girl in a bikini with their nipples peeking through or see the same girl without a top at all. Same for booties. That’s bigoted to me. No offense intended.

    Random side note… the current season of Son’s of Anarchy is so throughout extremly brutal that I’ve decided to not watch it anymore because I can’t take it anymore. I really wished less brutality would occur on basic cable while America AGAIN is having a discussion on “how much skin is tolerable”! I rather see a nice naked woman than a man biting off his own tongue.