Bottom Girl

A Bottom Girl, also known as, a Bottom Woman or Bottom Bitch, sits atop the hierarchy of prostitutes working for a particular pimp. A bottom girl is usually the prostitute who has been with the pimp the longest and consistently makes the most money. Being the bottom girl gives the prostitute status and power over the other women working for her pimp. However, the bottom girl also bears many responsibilities. In U.S. v. Pipkins, the Eleventh Circuit described the bottom girl's duties as "work[ing] the track in [her pimp's] stead, running interference for and collecting money from the pimp's other prostitutes . . . [and] look[ing] after the pimp's affairs if the pimp was out of town, incarcerated, or otherwise unavailable." Similarly, the PIP Training Manual explains the bottom girl's obligations may include handling finances and training and recruiting other prostitutes. Bottom girls may also instruct and advise new pimps on the ways of the prostitution business. The Pimp Game, a published instructional guide for pimps, compares the bottom girl to a coach in the NBA, i.e. a former player who "knows the ins and outs of the game," and explains that, like the NBA coach, she is "the least paid on the team, but the one who works the hardest." She also has the most interaction with her pimp's prostitutes, giving them "pep talks" and keeping them in the game.

An example of a bottom girl in popular culture is the character Lexus in Hustle & Flow (distributed by Paramount Classics in 2005). Lexus, played by Paula Jai Parker, is a stripper/bottom girl to a pimp named DJay, played by Terrence Howard.

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