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Why has the Brazilian butt lift become so popular? – podcast | Life and style

Rachel Humphreys talks to Guardian author Sophie Elmhirst about the growing recognition of the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) which is the fastest-growing beauty surgical procedure in the world. Since 2015, the variety of butt lifts carried out globally has grown by 77.6%, in line with a recent survey by the Worldwide Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgical procedure. The BBL started in Brazil, birthplace of aesthetic surgical procedure and the delusion of the naturally ‘sticky-outy’ backside, the variety seen in numerous vacationer board pictures of bikini-clad ladies on Copacabana seaside. As a part of her analysis, Sophie frolicked with British aesthetic surgeon Dr Lucy Glancey and her affected person Melissa* who was planning to have her second BBL. Sophie tells Rachel why she thinks extra and extra ladies are demanding the process regardless of the dangers – the BBL has been known as the world’s most harmful process.

Rachel additionally talks to Alisha Gaines, professor of English at Florida State College, and the creator of Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy, who discusses the cultural implications of the surgical procedure. Gaines traces the fetishisation of black ladies’s bottoms again to the poisonous legacy of slavery and colonialism, and extra particularly to the case of Saartjie Baartman, a South African girl who was dropped at London in 1810 by a British physician and exhibited in Piccadilly and then round the nation as the ‘Hottentot Venus’.

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