Living Fit Mommy: The Trouble With Jen Selter’s “Expertise”

Jen Selter has parlayed has butt shots into endorsements and a feature column in the New York Post. Photo: New York Post

Let me preface this by saying I don’t have one iota of hate, disdain, or vitriol to spew about Jen Selter. If you don’t know who that is, Google her name and I’m sure you’ll find plenty; but in a nutshell: she’s a White chick who became famous for her backside.

She’s not a personal trainer, a fitness expert (despite what the New York Post) would have you believe, nor is she versed in the science of what it takes to get fit. She’s just a thin girl, with a big butt, and a lot of interested Instagram followers.

Now, I’ll be honest and say I’ve always been perplexed by her “fame”. I mean having a nice “ass” isn’t new.

Jennifer Lopez, Erykah Badu, Nikki Minaj, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Jada Pinkett-Smith (have you ever seen the love scene from ‘Set it Off’? Lawd), and countless other, non-famous women have nice asses. But, for whatever reason, people are completely taken aback by this particular 20-year old’s butt…I don’t get it.

And for the New York Post to give said individual  a fitness column, where she neither 1)  can give legitimate fitness advice,  nor 2) is qualified to do so in the first place, is tough for me to swallow.

It’s like TMZ giving a column to Paris Hilton because she goes out a lot.

Or a major news outlet giving an anchor job to someone because they watch the news.

The hell?

To be fair, she’s not unlike myself, or any other fitness blogger—of course, you can add an NASM Certified Personal Training Certification in my case—in that she’s simply giving you the methods that work for her.

However, a lot of what she’s said in her column, so far, lacks depth; and the form she uses in a number of her pics is cringe-inducing—her planks…ugh. Don’t even get me started.

Again, not hating, just wondering if giving an unqualified, un-vetted, individual such a platform is a good idea?

Listen, please understand that a great deal of Selter’s assets—pun most definitely intended—are based in genetics. Not everyone is blessed with an backside like hers, true enough, but she’s hardly cornered the market in that regard, and to elevate her credibility simply because she’s got a butt worth taking a snap shot of, is just…just…it’s just stupid.





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