Saucy Santana: Queering Hip Hop & Smashing Body Expectations

Saucy Santana is a star. His talent is undeniable and paired with his charisma and effortless style; he really is one to look at. Santana is a rapper and TV personality, formerly known as Santana On the Beat. Saucy Santana first began to see success as a rapper in 2019 when he released his hit song “Go with them like a dog” on Soundcloud, and his sound really took off.

At the height of the COVID 19 pandemic, Saucy Santana began publishing works, scoring several other viral hits, including “Walk,” “Up & Down ft. Latto,” and “Material Girl. With hit after hit after hit, Material Girl proves , that he actually has endurance.And with all this success already present, you can always count on people adding a little fat phobia to the mix to get a great glare.

The material girl encounters fat phobia

Saucy Santana is a dark-skinned, curvy / fat, femme-presenting rapper from Perry, Florida and seeing him thrive in a genre that is strongly male-dominated, there are definitely critics. Recently, some no-sayers have taken to social media to criticize the rapper and his body.

A recent Twitter user said: “If Santana lost about 20-30 pounds, he could really become the next big thing.” Santana clapped in his true style and personality, saying that there was no reason for him to lose weight when he receives all his star status and success now – in this size.

Unfortunately, Santana is not the first and will not be the last public figure, rapper, singer or entertainer to be told that they do not have the “look” to succeed in the industry or to be accepted. Fat phobiawhich informs everything in society from beauty standards to employment, accessibility and beyond, has often shaped people access to resources and achieve the dreams they may have for themselves.

Body augmentation and capital

On social media, I’ve seen Santana being referred to as everything from “poorly built” to “Rick Ross in makeup,” and with each turn, it becomes clearer that someone like Saucy Santana should not be where he is. and his mere presence in hip-hop space, dominating a male genre and rapping alongside his femme and female peers, is in fact, shakes the table.

Over the past two years, we’ve seen Santana share his journey of liposuction, and recently he’s expressed that he’s preparing for another round. There are so many ways beauty standards and the world’s fat phobia influences us to change, shape and recreate our bodies to make them more palatable to those around us.

Beauty culture and thinness, which are inherently anti-black, bring you closer to whiteness, giving someone like Saucy Santana more capital in an industry that benefits people like him who hates himself.

Bold, gay and confident

Bodies like Santanas do not get the chance to be seen as sexy and beautiful, both in heterosexual and queer rum. In a perfect world, Saucy Santana would not feel the pressure to receive lipo and would of course still always reserve the autonomy over his body to do so if he chose. Saucy Santana redefines rap not only in queerness but also in body.

Saucy Santana thrives in rap because he breaks shapes and does all the things in his body and identities that he has been told cannot be done.

And honestly, we live for it!

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