The beauty standard for women in the rap game seems to get more unreachable as the years go by. It has always been difficult for women to reach the beauty standard, but now it is nearly impossible. When Nicki Minaj burst onto the scene in 2009, people marveled at her extremely defined curves. She had the flat features of a skinny girl, with plus size curves; the best of both worlds. Her body was rare and soon led to whispers about butt injections. Even though the injections were never confirmed, the whispers soon disappeared and her body became the standard. All women seeking to gain popularity in that space had to achieve that level of sexy, leading lots of women to get butt injections. The trend exploded with the advent of social media. Rappers, strippers, IG models, and reality stars all showcasing their body upgrades. What was once considered an advantage for video vixens was now possible for every girl. Not only did this trend become the norm, but it made it nearly impossible for any woman to gain recognition without it. That was until Megan Thee Stallion.
Anyone who lived through the summer of 2019 without hearing or seeing her, must’ve really been under a rock. When Megan stepped onto the main scene in 2018, she caught everyone’s attention with her bossy lyrics, friendly personality, and positive spirit. However, Megan notably gave us something we were missing; a natural body. It was almost as if, for a second, the world forgot that beautiful bodies can exist without surgery. Even though she mentions it in her songs, Megan’s body is noticeably natural. Megan is helping the rap world redefine its beauty standard once again. The physique she achieved through genetics and a workout routine is the most desired in the industry. The realness of her body forces us to recognize how body enhancements are not required for beauty.
Before I go, let’s give an honorable mention to her performances. Every performance goes viral the next day with chatter over her strong knees and extravagant twerk capabilities. I’m always so taken a by how she can dance while maintaining the proper breathing to rap. However, I realize that Megan works out, which means she has built the endurance to perform at that level. The mark of a true professional.
In short, Megan has redefined what it means to be a female rapper in this generation. From writing her own records, to being #bodygoals without injections, Megan reminds us that hard work pays off. While injections may add to your confidence, you don’t need them to be sexy. You can be just as beautiful by embracing your natural body.