Bodybuilding and fitness have long been seen as the domain of white, middle-class women.
But research from the University of Oxford suggests that black and brown women are actually getting more into the sport, with the proportion of black women competing at least doubling over the past decade.
According to the study, published in the journal Body Image, black women made up 29 per cent of the overall bodybuilding market in 2016.
And a whopping 74 per cent are now competing in bodybuilding competitions, with a majority of the black female competitors.
The study looked at more than 2,000 black women and found that the proportion with a competitive bodybuilding history rose from just under 9 per cent in 2011 to 33 per cent by 2016.
The proportion of women with a history of competition in the sport rose from 22 per cent to 44 per cent between 2011 and 2016.
A recent study by the same researchers found that black women had more body image issues than white women and were more likely to feel self-conscious about their body image.
But black women were also more likely than white female athletes to have body-image problems, the research found.
Bodybuilding was the top of the sporting pyramid for black women in the 1980s and 1990s, but that all changed in the 2000s and 2010s.
The sport was deemed too masculine and therefore more suitable for a young female audience.
Black women are not the only ones who are attracted to the sport.
Bodybuilding was also a popular pastime among women of colour in the 1970s and 80s.
And many women of color still have a passion for the sport and are trying to promote it in the hopes that it will change the way black women are viewed in the world.
The study also found that there were some notable differences in body image among bodybuilders.
Black women who competed in competitions were more satisfied with their body, and those who did not competed were less satisfied with the appearance of their bodies.
However, the proportion who felt “good” about their bodies was still higher among black women than white ones.
Black women were more than twice as likely to have a negative body image than white females.
Body Image is a social science study of people’s body image that seeks to find out how they feel about their appearance, body image and social attitudes.
It also looks at how people are perceived, treated and judged in the public sphere.