Blake Lively Is Proud of Her ‘L.A. Face with an Oakland Booty’
Blake Lively isn’t sorry she (controversially) referenced Sir Mix-a-Lot’s infamous “Baby Got Back” line in an Instagram caption last month.
Writing “L.A. face with an Oakland booty” and posting a pic of her on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival (frontside and backside), many thought it was in bad taste for Lively to use the lyric in reference to herself, even though Sir Mix himself praised her for embracing the body-positive line despite having originally written the song for black women in mind.
“I never meant to offend anyone. I was celebrating my body… It’s nice to have a nice curve and not look like you’re starving to death,” Lively, who is pregnant with her and hubby Ryan Reynolds’ second child, added.
Sir Mix-a-Lot said at the time, “I think she’s saying, ‘I’ve got that Oakland booty,’ or ‘I’m trying to get it.’ I think we have to be careful what we wish for as African-Americans, because if you say she doesn’t have the right to say that, then how do you expect her at the same time to embrace your beauty? I mean, I don’t get it. I think it’s almost a nod of approval, and that was what I wanted. I wanted our idea of beautiful to be accepted.”
In the same interview, Lively described what it was really like being on a red carpet:
What I look like on a red carpet is not what I look like in real life. 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. It’s fun to dress up and look good on the red carpet but it’s not representative [of everyday].
Lively hit the red carpet again last night (June 21, 2016) for the premiere of her new movie, The Shallows, in New York City.