Women come in all shapes and sizes, which I personally think is fantastic. Somebody long ago decided to assign inanimate objects (most of which are pieces of fruit) to these shapes in order to help us determine what clothes will fit us best? But I think we’re missing a few.
According to calculator.net, where you can input your body measurements to calculate your body shape, there are four basic female body shapes. The site claims, “The Body Type Calculator can be used for females to check their body shape based on their BWH (bust, waist, and hip) measurements. Please note that we only calculate the four most common body shapes for women, so your body shape may not be included among these four. (No kidding!) In many Western countries, the “ideal” size for a woman is said to be 36″-24″-36″ (90-60-90 cm). Psh! In the words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”
The following are the four most common female body shapes:
Apple (triangle downward)
Apple-shaped women have broader shoulders and bust, and narrower hips.
Banana, or straight (rectangular)
Banana-shaped women’s waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hip or bust measurement.
Pear, Spoon, or Bell (triangle upward)
Pear-shaped women’s hip measurements are greater than their bust measurements.
Hourglass Shape (triangles opposing, facing in)
Here, the hip and bust are almost of equal size, with a narrow waist.
A study of more than 6,000 women conducted at North Carolina State University in 2005 revealed that 46% of women were banana-shaped; just over 20% were pear-shaped; just under 14% were apple-shaped; and only 8% were hourglass-shaped. The hourglass is normally accepted as the “ideal” female shape in Western countries.
So what shape are you? I, for one, don’t particularly relate any of the above objects to my body shape. So I’ve decided to make a new body type. But don’t worry, I’m not straying too far from the norm. I present to you…
The Butternut Squash!
Not totally round like an apple, certainly not straight up and down like a banana (even though a banana is actually curved?), not exactly a pear, and certainly not an hourglass, unless it’s wearing a waist trainer! Maybe a modified hourglass. I feel the butternut squash in all it’s plus size curvy glory perfectly describes my shape. Now who do I call to make this a thing?!