Dascha Polanco on the age of the big tush: ‘I think everything comes in waves’

Dascha Polanco

Most of us were done empathizing with OITNB‘s Dascha Polanco when she (allegedly) dumped her cats for kittens. Taking her seriously on any subject is almost impossible after looking at those photos of the box where she stuffed her cats. So when Dascha started railing against sample sizes, most people were simply annoyed that she was talking at all. Now that people are well into the third season of her show, Dascha is doing the rounds again. She’s talking about the age of butt implants and how that relates to body image:

On the age of the big booty: “I think that everything comes in waves. I think there was a wave where everybody was getting silicone breast implants and it was all about the breast. If you were flat-chested it wasn’t cool. Then it came down to like being anorexic, so you had to not wear anything and not have an a** and not have t*tties and just have to starve yourself because you had to fit into something. And now we have a new wave where everything is you have to get some butt [injection] shots, and whether it kills me I’m going to have a big ass.”

How it affects her: “For me it was like wow, that whole time when I was hiding my butt and my uniform didn’t fit me right and I was being made fun of because my butt was huge and now people want to have my butt. The most important thing is how you embrace those differences and how you love yourself to the point where you’re comfortable in your own skin and enhance the qualities that make you. Because there’s so many people that have these beautiful bodies and then you meet them and it’s ugh. You know?”

On not letting body image run her life: “My whole life I’ve tried not stopping myself from pursuing acting because I felt like ‘I’m too fat, who is going to want me for that?’ Or not going for the cute guy in school because I’m not like a cheerleader girl, I’m more like the football girl and eating hamburgers. Then later finding out that I could’ve been with the football player because he had a crush on me and he was too shy and I was so insecure and I’m like dammit! I missed out on so many opportunities.”

[From HuffPo]

As much as I dislike agreeing with Dascha Polanco, she’s correct about how body types go “on trend.” Back in the 1990s, the waif look was the ideal. Nowadays, the reality and pop stars with inflatable booties are the focus. In a few years, things may go back to the waif. Trying to fit every “ideal” is impossible, so yeah, you may as well “love yourself” and be “comfortable in your own skin.” If only it was that easy for everyone, right?

Dascha Polanco

Dascha Polanco

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  1. OSTONE says:

    Pretty girl, but her style is oh so unfortunate.

    • Yea….my mom is about the same size as her (with a bigger ass, lol) , and would never go out looking the way this woman does. And I think my mom would look a million times more fabulous in her tops, jeans, heels, and gigantic hoop earrings.

    • EM says:

      There is only so much a stylist or a new wardrobe can do. Clothes aren’t magic wands.

  2. Felice. says:

    How are the kittens, Dascha? Getting too old?

    (But yes I agree that body types trend)

  3. qwerty says:

    ” there was a wave where everybody was getting silicone breast implants and it was all about the breast. ”

    It still is aout the breast. The butts are an additional trend, they’re not intead of fake breasts. Now having fake teets in showbusiness is like using hair dye or make up. It’s the default option.

    • qwerty says:

      Also, I hate this b!tch for what she did, can’t wait till her career dies after the show.

  4. Kir says:

    I find her to be an incredibly sexy and beautiful woman. From head to toe I see such a beauty! IMO. :)

  5. Aren says:

    Nope, still don’t like her. I can agree with certain things she says, but she’s not a nice person.

  6. Naddie says:

    When I looked just at her face (head and neck, actually), I didn’t expected her body to be like that. Terrible clothes, by the way.

    • mememe says:

      I think that’s the best indicator of a healthy weight for that person – if the head and neck don’t have extra fat.

      She’s quite beautiful – I never noticed it on the show.

      • Crumpet says:

        Actually it is more about how much fat you carry on your abdomen as research has shown. That is why doctors are moving away from BMI to height to waist ratio as being the best indicator of health.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Well “everybody” doesn’t feel the need to run out and implant silicone wherever the latest trend dictates that they should. Shallow cat dumping person.

  8. INeedANap says:

    I’m Cuban-American and grew up in Miami. In that culture, booty has always been beautiful.

    When I moved to Boston in 2005 at 18 for college, I was shocked to learn two things:
    1) Big booties are ugly and grotesque
    2) Short is unattractive
    I figured that point was as good as any to stop judging my self-worth on my looks, considering I am a short girl with a big butt. It ain’t gonna change.

    Booties are popular in mainstream America now, but I stopped caring a while ago.

    • AcidRock says:

      I agree that the big backside is popular now, but of course there’s always a few voices in the mix slamming them all as grotesque or unnatural (as though humans come in one default size or build, or someone is the official arbiter of what is a “natural” body type). I get that these pseudo-celebs with the obvious injections look ridiculous, but when/if the trend dies down and people stop getting their booties blown up, those of us with the roundness will go back to being seen as “ugly and grotesque” for something that is just as natural as a long/flat/shapeless behind.

      • beautifulDay says:

        Body “trends” are just dangerous, plain and simple. Pump Parties are prevalant because a “body part” becomes currency. The victims are those who can’t afford plastic surgery and go to these “parties” that inject random lubricant, often machine grade silicone. The most vulnerable population are transgendered persons. I can’t support the hot body part of the month club.

  9. Lynnie says:

    She’s right, it is annoying being praised suddenly for a feature you’ve been ridiculed for your whole life. Like other posters said though, I’ve reached the point where I don’t care. Fashion is notoriously fickle and it’s too much effort to go running around chasing the trends.

  10. kri says:

    All I see is an animal abuser now. Which is a shame because she’s beautiful and talented. But IDGAF cause she boxes up live animals.

  11. Yeahiknow says:

    She’s pretty, and I’ll probably get burned for saying this, but she needs to lose some weight. Yes, bodies come in all shapes and sizes, but you can tell in her face and arms she is not at a healthy weight. I’m all for accepting yourself, but there also comes a time when you have to admit that your diet and exercise is not healthy. Been a curvy girl most of my life. Had to admit 2 years ago I was very overweight and needed to do something about it. It’s a process. I like where we’re going in accepting ourselves, I just don’t think accepting unhealthy behaviors and unhealthy bodies is good for anyone.

    • EM says:

      Agree, but I also think It’s not weight loss, more like toning up & fitness in general. She looks really unfit. There are 60 year old women who are more toned.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      It isn’t your place to monitor the weight of other people. You don’t know anything about her metabolism, genetics, general lifestyle and overall health which are all factors that impact a persons weight. If Dascha is comfortable with her weight than that all that matters. She’s the only one directly impacted by her body & weight. It’s great that you had the ability to lose weight when you realised you were uncomfortable however everyone has different relationships with their bodies so we all have different comfort levels.

  12. bns says:

    She is so beautiful. And I love her body.

  13. Lisa says:

    After reading other interviews with her, I’ve come to the conclusion that she must be a good actress, because she’s super obnoxious. Nothing like Daya. She’s one of those good Brutally Honest people doing us all a favour by telling us like it is.

  14. KBeth says:

    Pretty face, terrible actor….really just awful.

  15. Leah says:

    She is absolutely gorgeous. But I think she is a mediocre actress.

  16. laura in LA says:

    When I first read this, I thought it said “the age of the big bush…”

    (But I guess I see what I want to see.)

  17. Isabel says:

    Needs weight loss, toning, and, since she can’t dress herself, a stylist. Yeah. I went there. 3X.

  18. Delta Juliet says:

    I find it interesting that on this article about body acceptance, on a site where here so many commenters talk about beauty in all sizes, that there are so many comments about how she should lose weight. Hypocrites much?