If you haven’t heard, there’s this physically fit Jewish woman who takes lots of pictures of her butt. Jen Selter, 20, who is a fitness coach-turned Vanity Fair model, became famous for her “butt selfies,” and has now been hailed the “The Butt Selfie Queen.” Yes it’s a real thing.
Like many people these days, Selter turned her online “fame” to a full out career option. She has more than 3 million followers on Instagram, and pictures of her very fit body continues to reel in fans. While I rock with Selter’s strategy of pairing flattering visual imagery with inspirational words, I cannot help but to notice the subtle, and possibly subconscious rewards of white privilege at play in her favor. The main issue with white privilege is that those who take advantage of it are blind to its existence most of the time. But for those of us who recognize it, it is our duty to call out instances that allow for it to continue to thrive.