Blake Lively received quite a bit of backlash last month after she posted two photos of herself from the Cannes red carpetwith the caption, “L.A. face with an Oakland booty.”
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Whilemeant to be a casual reference to Sir Mix-A-Lot”s”90s jam, “Baby Got Back,” many were quick to criticize the actress, pointing out that the caption”s implications were problematic given the song”s meaning. Even Sir Mix-A-Lot joined the conversation, saying that while he wrote the song with black women in mind, he was totally open to Blake embracing it.
“For her to look at her butt and that little waist and to say, “L.A. face with an Oakland booty,”doesn”t that mean that the norm has changed, that the beautiful people have accepted our idea of beautiful?” Sir Mix-A-Lot wrote in an essay forThe Hollywood Reporter.”That”s the way I took it.”
Rather than delete the post,Blake decided to stick by it, and in an interview with Sway Calloway on Shade 45 on Tuesday, she finally explained why.
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“It”s something I was proud of,” the actress said, referring to her derriere. “I never meant to offend anyone. But Sir Mix-A-Lot, he actually said a really nice thing, he was very defensive and kind, because it”s just about celebrating women”s bodies, and that”s what I was doing.”
“I would never want to hurt anyone”s feelings or upset anyone,” she continued. “I was celebrating my body … It”s nice to have a nice curve and not look like you”re starving to death.”
In the same interview, the actress went on to remind her fans that the red carpet isn”t representative of reality, and like everyone else, she was merely feeling herself and her look after putting a lot of effort into it.
“What I look like on a red carpet is not what I look like in real life,” she said. “Even in that dress, I”m wearing a great, tiny corset that like someone has cinched me in within an inch of my life and it”s the most favorable version.”
“When I go home and take off that dress and look in the mirror, I don”t look like that either,” she continued. “It”s fun to dress up and look good on the red carpet but it”s not representative