I know this summer is going to be different. In fact, the whole world is going to be different.
And, I think it's all due to Nicki Minaj.
Fortunately, every single dance I've attended from birth has featured the musical stylings of Sir Mix-A-Lot. Nicki Minaj not only sampled these fine melodious beats but also took the booty back for women.
Thanks to her and Meghan Trainor during the summer of 2014, women everywhere are celebrating booties. So instead of encouraging my clients to get their bikini body ready, I'm encouraging them to shake their bodies to a little Nicki.
Here's why I kind of think she's the coolest:
1. She's sex positive.
Nicki Minaj steps into her sexuality in an empowered way. She takes the driver's seat of her own sexuality. Her rap echoes many other male emcees by bragging about sexual exploits.
I've mentioned before how enjoying pleasure in life is an important step in becoming an intuitive eater. Being proud and positive about your sexuality is an awesome way to just take care of your own needs.
But more than that, she's choosing to be the subject instead of the object. And that's some cool beans.
2. She thinks her fat ass is sexy and she thinks other women should like theirs too.
Anaconda is explicitly a song for women who identify with having a "big butt." Minaj has taken some heat for calling out skinny bitches but I'll let Melissa Fabello explain why "skinny-shaming" is not exactly the same as fat-shaming here.
When popular culture shows and praises more diverse bodies, we all get a little more comfortable with diverse bodies, which makes a lot of people's lives easier. After all, a fat ass shouldn't stop you from getting down in the club.
3. She's a female rapper totally redefining the scene.
Nicki Minaj does not self-identify as a feminist. In an interview with Vogue, she mentioned she can't quite make anybody happy.
It's cool that Nicki Minaj is just proud to be herself and to be creating something totally new and different.
And that's something I'm willing to dance about.