For a long time, starlets in Hollywood have spent endless hours at the gym and at the salad bar trying to maintain their ultra-svelte frames. They shrunk smaller and smaller until they appeared to be about two pounds from completely disappearing, something that many heralded as unhealthy. However, lately, there’s been a comeback of curves – and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Just look at the insane amount of songs focused on girls who are packing a significant amount of junk in the trunk – Destiny’s Child’s infamous “Bootylicious,” Jennifer Lopez’ recent hit “Booty,” and, of course, the booty anthem – Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” We could go on and on. And that’s just songs dedicated entirely to a curvy rear – there are probably thousands and thousands of mentions of gorgeous curves in other songs. When they go to the gym now (perhaps after adding a few of those iconic booty celebrating tracks to their workout playlist), many women are doing squats and lunges and deadlifts – anything to grow those glutes! It’s official – the booty is back in.
While many starlets still maintain a pin-thin, somewhat androgynous figure, more and more women in the entertainment industry have been embracing their natural curves – and the public loves them for it.
Here are 10 celebs with the best butts in the business.
10 Jennifer Lopez
Many credit Jennifer Lopez as being the first star to make big butts beautiful again. Sure, Kim Kardashian came around in the last little while and made girls wish for more curves, but Jennifer Lopez was doing that all the way back in the 1990s. Let’s get one thing straight – she’s always maintained a rock hard physique, but she’s also refused to diet away her curves like many starlets seem to as they rise in popularity. She often thanks her Puerto Rican heritage for her sizeable derrière, and women around the world loved her for celebrating what her mama gave her.
9 Kim Kardashian
You can’t have a list of the best butts in Hollywood without including Kim Kardashian – you just can’t. This is a woman whose curves are so substantial that many have speculated they might be fake! She has assured the public time and time again that her ass-sets are all natural, and she definitely knows how to show them off in pencil skirts and figure-hugging outfits. Kardashian catapulted into fame thanks to a less-than-PG video and an insanely popular reality television series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but we can’t help but wonder – would she have become so popular if she was a twig? Her butt is pretty much as famous as she is, and she’s inspired countless women to do a couple extra squats in their quest of those Kardashian glutes.
8 Iggy Azalea
When this blonde Aussie rapper walks by, you know everyone is craning their heads to get a good view of her walking away. Azalea has helped pear shaped girls around the world accept and love their bodies thanks to her petite upper half and substantial curves down below. The queen of the booty, Miss Jennifer Lopez herself, even acknowledged Azalea’s better than average butt by inviting her to contribute some lyrics to her hit song “Booty.” Have you ever seen the video? If you haven’t you should – if one awesome butt is good, two are undeniably better. Azalea is redefining what it means to be a blonde bombshell in terms of physique and we love her for it.
7 Nicki Minaj
Everyone has always been aware of rapper Nicki Minaj’s insane butt. However, in her video for her hit song “Anaconda,” the public took their obsession to a whole new level as she writhed around showing off every inch of those infamous curves. She’s definitely not shy about it, often wearing form-fitting dresses, painted-on jeans and tiny stage outfits. Many have speculated that she must have had butt implants to get such a gravity-defying derrière, but at the end of the day, who cares? She steps out onto the stage in amazing, teeny outfits and showcases her ample curves for audiences around the world. We say if it’s encouraging girls around the world to love their own big butts, go Nicki!
6 Christina Hendricks
A lot – a lot – of attention has been paid to sultry redhead Christina Hendricks’ cup size. It’s definitely easy to see why – her curves are nothing less than awe-inspiring. However, if you take a closer look at her in those 60s era pencil skirts and slim-fitting dresses on Mad Men, you’ll see that everyone's favorite redhead Joanie has curves all over – that’s what makes those pencil skirts look so incredible on her. While the ultra-thin figure eventually came into vogue in the 60s thanks to supermodel Twiggy, the majority of clothing from that era absolutely begs for curves to fill them out – and Hendricks delivers, both on screen in her role of Joan Holloway and on the red carpet.
5 Eva Mendes
Mendes has long been known for her exotic good looks, but she’s also one of the more curvy leading ladies out there – and it’s part of what’s made her so popular. While she’s taken on all kinds of roles on the silver screen, she’s known for ultra-sexy advertising campaigns – after all, if you hire Eva Mendes to sell your brand, why wouldn’t you want to use all her assets – one in particular included. She’s a mom now, but let’s face it – Hollywood moms maintain their physique incredibly and have no qualms about showing off their bodies, so you can still expect a lot of incredible red carpet moments from this silver screen siren.
About a decade ago, a young teen from the Barbados stormed onto the scene with island-inspired party hit “Pon de Replay,” she she’s been churning out the hits ever since. The public watched her grow from a somewhat shy emerging pop singer to a confident, outspoken superstar, and her look has definitely evolved to take that new bad girl attitude into consideration. With her often sexy songs constantly on the top of the charts, Rihanna’s always in the public eye – and we’re always checking out those curves, which she has absolutely no problem showing off in skimpy bikini bottoms and even skimpier stage outfits. Hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
3 Jessica Biel
While many of the butts on this list are courtesy of genetics, you can tell that Jessica Biel’s curves are a product of many hours at the gym. Her assets are incredibly firm and toned, something that is a huge inspiration for all women clocking in hours at the gym, because let’s face it – if you’re not blessed with a sizeable butt, it can sometimes be discouraging to see all the stars shaking their nature-given money-makers. Biel proves that you can spend time building up your physique and, after enough hours of yoga and weight lifting, you’ll earn those curves – and it’ll be twice as sweet to finally fill out those bodycon dresses and painted on jeans.
Sometimes, it’s not just about what you have, it’s about how you use it – and Shakira proves this point impeccably. She’s incredibly petite in general, and her derrière may only be half the size of someone like Kim Kardashian’s, but just wait until she busts out her dance moves. Shakira is a master of movement, thanks to her years of belly dance training and choreography lessons as a pop star, and she knows how to work her curves like no one else in the industry. Ever since her days as an emerging Colombian starlet breaking into the North American music industry in “Whenever, Wherever,” we’ve been all about Shakira’s curves. In fact, that was our only problem with her role as a judge on hit reality show The Voice – she was sitting down most of the time, denying the public of her assets!
1 Pippa Middleton
You know you have enviable curves when people are focused on your rear in one of the biggest social events of the century. Pippa Middleton donned a gorgeous bridesmaid’s dress and went out to support her sister Kate at her wedding, something that countless sisters do. She just got a whole lot more attention than normal because it happened to be the Royal Wedding. Though the focus was mostly on Kate and Prince William, everyone got a little bit distracted by Pippa’s backside in her fitted dress. After the wedding, countless trainers around the world were dealing with women’s requests to get that ‘perfect Pippa butt.’