Although booties have been admired since the beginning of time, 2014 was officially the Year of the Booty. From the wild popularity of twerking (because let's face it - who wasn't twerking in 2014?), to the belfie (butt + selfie which even lead to the invention of the belfie stick - for more convenient picture taking), butts were celebrated all around. Everywhere you looked there was someone showing off their great glutes, or giving booty exercise tips, or even breaking the internet with their booty (we're looking at you Kim Kardashian). Sports Illustrated featured their booty trio, Jason Derulo sang about booties in his song "Wiggles", Nicki Minaj taught us some great and possibly impossible moves in her music video for the song "Anaconda", and Jennifer Lopez reminded us that she will always be the Booty Queen in her music video for "Booty" (which also featured another recently famous booty belonging to Iggy Azalea). From January to December, 2014 was definitely the year of many famous booty moments. Read on to discover how some celebrities had their careers launched to new heights all thanks to their booties!
10 Jennifer Lopez
Everyone remembers Sir Mix-a-Lot's 1992 hit "Baby Got Back", but did you know that the inspiration for the song and the famous music video was Jennifer Lopez? During those days, Jennifer Lopez was still an unknown backup dancer for New Kids on the Block and Janet Jackson, but by 1993 she decided to pursue her own career. She took on a number of successful acting gigs, including the Selena biopic. She released her first single "If You Had My Love", which topped the US Billboard 100 charts, launching her to fame. She became widely recognized and celebrated for her curvy body, being credited as one of the first pop stars to make it acceptable to have a booty.
These days it's hard to say what Beyonce's greatest claim to fame is - is it her wildly successful music career? Her public persona? Her fashion endorsements? Her philanthropy? Her acting career? Or all of the above? Back in 2001 when Beyonce was still a member of Destiny's Child, the Bootylicious single was quickly climbing the charts. Although the term was first coined by rapper Snoop Dogg in 1992, everyone came to associate the term with Beyonce due to her very bootylicious body, and this fame followed her on her wildly successful solo career - a career which overshadows her previous success with Destiny's Child. In 2004, the term bootylicious was added to the Oxford English Dictionary thanks to the popularity of the track, and is used in the following sentence in the dictionary's entries: "This bootylicious Texan knows what it takes to be a pop diva." We no doubt know a pop diva from Texas, who may owe at least some fame due to her bootylicious booty.
8 Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has many credits to her name, including being the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the US Billboard 100, being called "the most influential female rapper of all time" by the New York Times magazine, and various awards, including four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard 's 2011 Rising Star award. Much of her success can be credited to her unique rapping style, colorful imagery, and ridiculous booty, which has often been a major focus both in her wardrobe choices, as well as in her music videos (particularly the video for her song "Anaconda"). This has been her highest charting single in the United States to date, and many claim it is not so much the music as it is the video that has resulted in such wide success for Nicki.
7 Amber Rose
When Kanye West began dating Amber Rose in 2008, everyone was left to wonder who the beautiful bald girl with the ridiculous body was. At the time she was a fairly unknown model but soon gained notoriety after posing for Louis Vuitton featuring Kanye West's sneaker collection. Their relationship ended in 2010, but Amber remained in the spotlight, partially due to her big personality (which has resulted in various feuds, including the famous feuds with the Kardashian family), but mostly due to her widely photographed and Instagramed booty.
6 Coco Austin
Coco Austin is a well known glamour model, actress and web personality, who received widespread attention as the attractive and charismatic wife of rapper Ice-T. She has been featured in magazines such as Playboy and has been featured in TV shows such as Ru Paul's Drag Race 5, the Dr. Oz Show and Law & Order: SVU. Coco Austin and her husband Ice-T were the stars of the reality TV show Ice Loves Coco, which ran for three seasons and was aired on E!. Coco's become quite famous for her extreme proportions, including her 39DD breasts but also her very large booty, which she claims is all natural.
5 Pippa Middleton
Since the royal wedding took place in 2011, everyone has come to know who Pippa Middleton is. What brought her in the spotlight (besides being the younger sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge) was her white figure hugging dress which greatly emphasized one of her best assets - her booty. Following the royal wedding, plastic surgeons saw great demand for the Pippa Middleton booty, with not only regular people obsessing over her behind, but also celebrities like Charlie Sheen and Kim Kardashian expressing their admiration of it. Her behind even has a fan page on Facebook, called the Pippa Middleton A** Appreciation Society, which have over 200,000 likes.
4 Vida Guerra
Vida Guerra is a well known Cuban-American glamour model, who's first major photo shoot was featured in FHM in 2002 and lead to much demand from the magazine's readers. In 2004 she became FHM's Model of the Year and her career has since took off, with Vida being featured in many magazines, music videos, and commercials. Her fame is greatly owed to her ridiculous booty, which is often the center of her photoshoots and videos. And with such a large booty, it's no wonder she's done so well for herself.
3 Jessica Vanessa
When Jessica Vanessa decided to submit her first comedy skit for a contest on Vine, she had only 20 followers. She quickly gained attention as the girl from Florida who could twerk like a professional, and over time, because of all the endorsements she has received from various companies, she's been able to quit her job at a daycare to dedicate herself to a full-time career of twerking videos. She now has over 2.4 million Vine followers and makes six figures a month thanks to her booty, and she has never looked back.
2 Jen Selter
Jen Selter's Wikipedia page calls her a fitness model, but Jen's real claim to fame is her booty. Feeling insecure about her proportions, she began Instagramming 'belfies' (butt selfies) of her now famous behind a few years ago to show the progress made by working out. Since then, she's reached over 5.8 million Instagram followers, and her internet fame has even lead to editorials in Elle, FHM and Vanity Fair, and various TV appearances on shows such as The View and Access Hollywood. She has since signed on the Legacy Agency, a management company that represents athletes like Reggie Bush and Troy Aikman. Reportedly she earns over $50,000 per Instagram post and has a net worth of $500,000, all thanks to her booty!
1 Kim Kardashian
Topping off our list is none other than Kim Kardashian, the girl who's booty allegedly broke the internet. Does anyone even remember how Kim got famous (something about a celebrity sex tape), or how she managed to maintain her level of fame? It seems Kim (and the entire Kardashian clan) are famous for being famous, but their wild success can be accredited to Kim's famous booty. Every time it seems that Kim is just about to fade from the spotlight, another photo is released to remind us how she became so famous in the first place - all thanks to that booty. Is it real? Is it fake? We don't know and they won't tell; all we know is the Kardashian family can probably attribute a significant portion of their $80 million net worth thanks to it.