Friends, humour me for a moment.
Take a look at the last six years of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine covers.
(I promise this is going somewhere.)
Nothing out of the ordinary here? Just the ghosts of Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriends past and run-of-the-mill female objectification under the guise of sports ‘literature.’
Now take a look at this year’s cover:
Notice anything different?
I mean, how could you not notice those three bums staring you in the face?
While I have nothing against Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen or their perky derrières, this year’s swimsuit cover featuring not one, but three bums seems, somehow…monumental.
In the magazine’s long history, almost every other year’s Swimsuit Issue (lauded as a pinnacle in a model’s career) features a woman (or several) front on to the camera.
Look back through 50 years of covers and you’ll only ever find two examples of women with their bum’s facing the camera. Once in 1974 with Ann Simonton, and in 2004 with Veronika Vařeková.
Now decade on, the butt is back again. And more prominent that ever before.
OK, so, which of you would you say really got the cover?
Lily: “All of us!”
Chrissy: “If I were to pick . . . I would have to say our butts won it.”
Are we witnessing the dawning of an Ass Age?
Computer says yes.
Just this week Kim Kardashian had to issue a statement of behalf of her ass, telling people once again that no, she didn’t have butt implants and asked, Can we please stop talking about my ass now, you guys?