«Boy, that girl is THICC!!!»
We’ve all seen texts and posts like this floating around social media, as a hashtag on Instagram, or as a comment on Reddit, 4Chan, and all our other favorite internet hangouts. «Thicc» is a word that has become more than just a common term—it’s a badge of pride that many women are claiming as a way to show off how proud they are of their bodies.
But what does thicc mean?
Urban Dictionary defines it as «the appearance of a very seductive female with a large ass, in most cases the woman will have a pair of large thighs.»
According to Know Your Meme, it means «the voluptuous, hourglass-like curvature of a woman’s hips.»
Everyone has a friend that fits the definition of the word «thicc» to a tee. They’ve got those curved hips, big butt (the «thicc ass»), and powerful legs. While calling someone «thick» is usually used as an insult, the term «thicc» is used to refer to a woman whose larger butt, hip, and leg proportions are attractive, sensual, and appealing.
The Origin of Thicc
The earliest known use of the word dates back to 2004, when a website dedicated to hip-hop artists first used it:
Over the course of the next 10 years, pop culture and online communities continued to use the word, and it continued to gain in popularity. Some musicians and recording artists even began to use the word in the lyrics of their songs. By 2015, it was regularly used on sites like Twitter, Tumblr, and iFunny. The first Urban Dictionary definition cropped up at the end of 2015, and the first thicc memes began to appear around the internet—including one of Bubble Bass, a SpongeBob character that fit the description of «thicc» perfectly.
However, in 2016, when pop icon Rihanna began to gain weight, tabloids and newspapers sought to serve up drama and derogatory content about her increasing weight. The internet responded with comments about her «thiccness», making it clear that her beauty was unaffected by the weight gain.
Thus, the word «thicc» has become adopted by larger, more voluptuous women who choose to see their body size as beautiful, rather than being ashamed because they don’t conform to the modern definition of beauty. As awareness of body issues increased, people began to adopt the term as a badge of pride to declare that they were beautiful the way they were created.
Now, women like Amber Rose and men like Kanye West wear the term with pride. Every time it is used, it refers to how these voluptuous, heavier women and men are beautiful, which is one step closer to shattering long-standing beauty norms that have contributed to eating disorders and body confidence issues.
If you are «thicc», congratulations! You are a well-proportioned, curvaceous, attractive man or woman who can be proud of your body. Be «thicc AF» and enjoy every minute of it!