More than 40 years have passed since the first use of the term BBW. In the meantime, the Internet and social media happened.

So, new meanings and nuances sprung up. Whether you stumbled upon this acronym or searched for more information on the topic, here is everything you need to know about Big Beautiful Women.


BBW stands for Big Beautiful Women. True to its words, this acronym refers to women with a body size that is above the average. Or, at the very least, with a body size that does not fit into the standard definition of athletic, slim, or lean and fit.

Some people mistake BBW for obese women. But being a Big Beautiful Woman does not mean being obese. On the contrary, you may consider some women as BBW even if they are not overweight. 

The term itself has more to do with the stereotypical body size ideal than with the actual weight.

While there is no standard weight limit for being classified as a BBW, other words may confuse the general public. 

For example, the term “curvy.” Marilyn Monroe was curvy. But she was not a BBW. Here, the confusion stems from an erroneous association between fat and rounded body parts.

Other BBW meaning

  • Beautiful Black Women
  • Big Black Women
  • Big Brown Women
  • Big Breast Woman
  • Big Bottom Woman
  • Big Boned Woman
  • Big Bisexual Woman
  • Big Brave Women
  • Big Boss Women
  • Big Bubbly Women
  • Big Body Women
  • Busy Body Women
  • Big Bold Women
  • Big Blessing Women
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The usage of BBW?

BBW is commonly used to express physical attraction towards women that are above average weight and usually use to describe thick, plus size, full figured and curvy women.

  • Online dating sites
  • Adult films – often used as a fetish
  • Hip Hop and Rap music
  • Retail store – Bath & Body Works
  • Social media post
  • Weight loss video


Carole Shaw coined the term BBW in 1979 for the launch of her new magazine. Back in those days, plus-size models did not exist yet. 

Although the first model agency specialized in plus-size models started in 1977, fat was still a big no-no in the fashion industry. 

So, Carole Shaw became a publisher and editor to support the plus-size women’s voice.

Today, the BBWMagazine is still online. But the staff is more active on their Facebook page.

At this point, the term BBW has a positive connotation. So, it should not register as an insult. After all, the words describe a woman with a voluptuous body.

The only way a woman could get offended by it is because of a misinterpretation.

For instance, a woman could believe that being plump equals being obese.

As with any hot topic, fat acceptance still stirs some crowds in the wrong way.

So, the meaning of the words “Big Beautiful Women” could soon change. Be sure to come back here from time to time for new updates.

While the original term did never change, the Internet spread the words “Big Beautiful Women” in all different places.

The fascination towards corpulence dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome. So, it should not surprise that several male fat admirers still walk the Earth. 

Some men will always be happy to date a woman that is bigger than them.

Today, BBW is a common term in use in different contexts. The fat acceptance movement uses both the acronym and the words big beautiful women. 

Besides, you can find the hashtag BBW on Instagram (at this moment, more than 7 million posts pop up) and other social media.

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