Wife of American rapper, Ice T, would like for the social media generation to acknowledge her pioneer work in creating ‘the derriere phenomenon’. Coco Austin, the 38 year old mother took to Instagram to shed some light on why she should be respected as a ‘thicker body’ icon.
I would like to shed light to almost 21 years of modeling ..I don't post much about it & new followers don't even know I had a career in modeling they just see a wife,mother and someone that was on reality tv but just like every actor, singer, rapper, entertainer I'm proud of what I've done. I feel people should know it wasn't easy..I helped pave the way for thick girls during the skinny genre (during the Kate Moss days what they call the waif era) to be noticed as beautiful..this was back before social media when magazines were popping, back before KimK, Nicki Minaj..( I mention them because young people see pop culture as the history makers but they need to know it started somewhere before them, this was also back before the plastic surgery craze. During my time it was pretty much Jlo that was making waves with the derriere phenomenon and Cindy Margolos was a popular bikini model and Buffie the Body was a popluar urban model and of course I need to give props to Anna Nicole Smith for also seeing this vision..To have booty it was considered to be fat in the modeling world.But I helped changed the minds of what booty was.Today its a normal thing to see all different shapes & sizes, no one even thinks about it anymore. I helped history in someway.I don't want to toss it aside like it was nothing.I'd like to think some of my modeling was meaningful.After tons of calendars,DVD's over 100 magazine covers and editorials I'm still standing.Thank you for all years of support .Power to the booty and strong healthy women! (This pic is from one of my motorcylce calendars) Update to post!!! This was posted Sunday 1/14 & ALL comments were positive until race was brought up today.Let me remind you 20 years ago there were not a lot of white girls w/ thick bodies in the modeling game.They didn't consider my body type as the standard therefore It was harder to work in the industry.I was one of the 1st white models to break the mold & go mainstream with my body type and to let people know its OK to be curvy in the modeling world.Today curvy is the norm but when I first started out it wasn't. Yesterday I felt I explained this thoroughly but I see some of you needed more details
The ex-model, who entered the modelling industry in 1997 at the age of 18, shared a picture from one of her motorcycle calendars and wrote about how she paved the way for Kim Kardashian – West and Nicki Minaj.
Coco gave a shout out to Anna Nicole Smith and Jennifer Lopez for making big butts cool during a time when ‘to have a booty, it was considered to be fat in the modelling world. but I helped change the minds of what booty was.’
For those of you wondering why Coco is randomly asking for credit where it due, she had this to say: ‘I helped history..I don’t want to toss it aside like it was nothing…’ From modelling lingerie at the age of 18, Coco went on to become the winner of the Miss Ujena contest in 1998.
She has also worked at the Playboy mansion and starred in racy low-budget films such as The Dirty Monks, Southwest Babes and Desert Rose.
Born Nicole Austin, Coco has one child for 59-year-old rapper husband, Ice T. Ice T, however, has two children with other women: Ice (24) and LeTesha (40).
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