From ancient times to the present, we break down how the booty has made its mark in pop culture history.
January 16, 2015
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Awesome moments in butt history
No matter what you call it, people have been fascinated by bums since ancient times. From iconic statues to unforgettable song lyrics, see what's made the butt stand out in the test of time again and again.
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Circa 200 BC
The marble statue Venus Callipyge (which translates to Venus of the Beautiful Buttocks) introduces the world to anasyrmathe gesture of lifting up one's skirt to display the derriere.
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Bustlescushions of wire mesh, steel or even straw worn under dresses to create an exaggerated silhouettecause a kerfuffle during the staid Victorian era.
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Another kind of high fashion: crazy-short hot pants, invented by fab Brit designer Mary Quant.
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Aerobics videos promising tight butts are the focus of the fitness-obsessed decade, from Jane Fonda to the Buns of Steel video.
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J. Lo flaunts her well-endowed booty with the release of her first album, On the 6. (It's later said to be insured for a cool $27 million. J. Lo pooh-poohed the rumor.)
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Fergie, lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas, sings her way to platinum with the release of "My Humps."
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Pippa Middleton upstages sister Kate at her own weddingshowing off her bum in a formfitting white bridesmaid dress.
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Miley Cyrus launches a twerking craze (though the frenzied dance move has been around since at least the early '90s).
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Fans can't help cracking up over the booty-centric cover art for rapper Nicki Minaj's new single, "Anaconda."
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