Feeling underrepresented in the K-pop community, a group of “big” K-pop fans launched a hashtag to make themselves visible on social media this month.
The hashtag, #BigKPopBitches, started to pick up more traction on Twitter this week, as more plus-size fans join to celebrate their bodies without fear of criticism.
— alex armanto jiminnation (@babypinkjimin_) May 20, 2020
For a long time, K-pop fans have shared “selcas” — the Korean term for selfies combining “self” and “camera” — all over the internet, partly as a declaration of support for their idol groups and acts.
Fan selcas can be as simple as selfies of themselves — with a K-pop reference in the caption — or a more elaborate post including photos of their idols that are collaged, superimposed or augmented reality-processed with their own.
The sharing of selcas eventually evolved into “selca days,” which many fandoms allot for posting on certain days of each month.
While the selca culture has become more unifying for those within particular fandoms, some within the fandom may still feel left out, especially when it’s difficult to find others they can identify with.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 19, 2020
This prompted multi-fandom Twitter user Arletta to start #BigKPopBitches. Scrolling through photos of selca days, she “noticed that a lot of the top ones were all, like, skinny people.”
“I even went to check the other fandoms’ selca days like nctzens, carats, orbits, ahgases etc. And like, don’t get me wrong, I still think it’s a good thing but while I’m pretty comfortable in my body, even I hesitate in participating in those days ’cause I’m not seeing people who are big like me,” she told BuzzFeed News.
— Ta’Chyna⁷ (@keys_bum) May 11, 2020
Arletta sought to create an inclusive hashtag that would represent “big” fans from all fandoms. She found some help in her friend Ta’Chyna, who came up with #BigKPopBitches.
Arletta eventually took the idea to her group chat to discuss publication. “While I’m fine with getting fatphobic comments, I didn’t want anyone else to get them and feel bad, but luckily it doesn’t seem like anybody did,” she told BuzzFeed News.
— Sarah Townsend (@sarahtowny23) May 19, 2020
As of this writing, there have been at least 100 tweets using the hashtag.
“I heard about #BigKPopBitches and it made me happy so I decided to post some pics of me,” one wrote.
Check out more tweets below:
— lovely BABY MOCHI⁷ | jk best boy (@ohhhitslinda) May 12, 2020
— Tomie Angel ⁷ vote for feifei (@lgbtnamkoo) May 12, 2020
— (☯ ♡: ) ⟭⟬ (@Prince_minnimin) May 20, 2020
— tiny ⁷₁₂₇ ↺ (@louderthanmark) May 12, 2020
the biggest bitches are the baddest bitches. and thats just period luv! pic.twitter.com/LNylJb0PJk
— s. (@HAUGHTYFORYA) May 11, 2020
— GothamRose⁷ (@MinSugaRose) May 21, 2020
— Camille (@queencrobat) May 20, 2020
— Celina Nguyen (@celinajamz) May 20, 2020
— TREASURE DEBUT “lizzie, right?” (@jeonleewonwoozi) May 14, 2020
— Kim Taehyung’s Wifey (@myyheartu) May 20, 2020
— ⁷ nsfr (@GCFUKHAE) May 12, 2020
— ⁷ NSFR (@SLUTTYCHIM) May 12, 2020