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The Female Body Type Chart by Candy2021 The Female Body Type Chart by Candy2021
UPDATED FOR 2011! this chart is out of date, please direct your attention to the new and improved version




Finally it's done!!! this was a little project I gave myself to do. to see how many different body types I could come up with- and this isn't even the tip of the ice burg folks!

and I'll tell you exactly why too. it annoys the living piss out of me when people put their character cast pictures up and there is NO body type differential at all. you'll get height differences and race differences IF YER LUCKY... but body type seems to come last ( sometimes race comes last in character development it depends on the person making the characters)) and I think... that having nothing but 6 foot tall Aryan super models in your cast is a very amateur mistake when it comes to character development. it's boring, and casts like this FAIL the silhouette test.

( fyi: the silhouette test is when you black out everything on your characters and line them up to see if other people can tell them apart from one another, to make the test extra hard make yer characters bald for the test)

" the world is not full of reds and blues it's full of wonderful shades and hues!" this is a quote from an ad - the product and the ad were horrible but those words were very true and i applied them to body types. the world is not full of fats and thins it's full of everything in between! I apply most of these to my own characters, also theres a few that got thrown in there just for shits and giggles and aren't to be taken too seriously.


I could add more to this chart but this is enough for now. it's mostly a personal reference but I do hope it's useful to others who are working on more chracter diversity in their lineup, I know I always am. I recommend "force: dynamic life drawing for animators" by Michael D mattesi for anyone who needs more reference.

Edit: Male version now here! - [link]

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Art & headless torso ladies :iconcandy2021:
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:iconakiko-amaterasu-neko:
akiko-amaterasu-neko Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is probably the most body negative thing I have ever seen.
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay? And what am I supposed to do with that information?
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Gabbyg27 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
"ALL women have wide hips''. Um have you heard about rulers (most common body type), apples, and cones? 
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
can you provide evidence for your claim that "rulers" are the most common body type?  because, the library of congress- and most medical and statistical journals site the pear shape as the most common.

that being said. Not, all women have wide hips, some are pretty shapeless - good thing this chart doesn't apply to real woman, it's for cartoons.
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Gabbyg27 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
In fashion websites like ShopYourShape, rulers are said to be most common among American women?Around 45% of women... I'm sure certain body shapes are more common in different parts around the world.
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I am sorry, but fashion websites are not a credible resource, especially in regards to women's fashion as most of the time their sizes are literally made up by the manufacturer or the store. Plus most fashion outlets frequently mislabel their clothing sizes to deceive women so that they can sell clothing and make bigger profits.

Women, on average have excess weight in their buns, thighs and hips. that's where it goes and that is why women are shaped like that. Not to say that they're aren't women that don't have these features. But it's not as common. In fact less than 3% of all women (globally) have that "cone" / V body shape you mentioned earlier and I'm certain only slightly more have the shapeless form or "ruler" that you speak of. and most of which are probably found in Asia.

The fashion industry is very cruel to the average woman as you can see in this article.  so we see it a lot in modern media. But that's not the average.
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Cyndergirl211 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Lol, Nichole Richie xD
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KingAce666 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
I'm in between average and pear, I absolutely love this though, it's helped me a lot with diversity within my drawings
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yumethenekomata Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
i thought petite was just thin and short not necessarily super flat
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
...Thank you so much for your thought out comment on my art work and not nit picking over my choice of words, it means so much to me.

the word petite means "small" and it's pretty open to interpretation.  but the main definition of the word is "(of a woman) having a small and attractively dainty build."
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MagicalKittySamSam Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Who's Nichole Richie?
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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Checkerfrost Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
pfffft Nichole Richie
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NigeriaGirl807 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
im baby got back
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Hilda-the-Great Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I'm the petite one but i wanna get a boob job so I can be the sex toy body type. If only we all women looked like the sex toy body type.
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DigitalUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no idea why you would want to get a boob job, I mean from small to large,  breasts are breasts.

And also, you don't have that natural look anymore. The most attractive breast size is medium,
small look great to and large are okay unless fake.
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Hilda-the-Great Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Well, who knows. Its because in my case, I often get somewhat crude remarks on how small-chested I am and skinny girls with huge fake boobs are complimented. Not fair. But at the same time, I just try to ignore this idea of getting a boob job as us small-breasted girls also have our advantages.
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Advent-Autumn Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hey, big-boobed girls get nasty remarks, too.  Yer not alone.  I'm a natural D-cup and I'm in between the "average" and "chubby" on this chart; a bit more than average but not to the extent of chubby (not that there's anything wrong with either).  I also know someone who literally 5 sizes larger than me NATURALLY.  Girls like us often get called sluts and whores just for having big boobs.  You're pretty much going to get comments no matter what you do, so don't let society be your only drive to change your body.

I'm sorry if you're not happy with your body, but if you want to get a boob job, that's still your choice, and you are free to do so!  :>  Just think about why you want to do it and the possible risks involved.  Remember, unfortunately people are still going to shame you for having implants since not everyone's happy with everything, but the most important thing is that YOU'RE okay with it and it's what YOU want.

And just because: personally I find flat chested, small-chested, medium-chested, and big-chested girls attractive.  They all have their special charms and there's so many diverse body types, I don't know how I could just pick just one.  xD
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DigitalUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You get crude remarks on your small-chest O.o
Well I can't stand fake boobs, they look disgusting >.>
So unnatural.

I think people forget that natural is always better.
I also think that breasts are breasts, and look good.
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Hilda-the-Great Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
And it not also that. Also, since I have really fair skin, I get comments in how pale I am. So in addition, guys also like tanned girls better than pale girls or whatever their natural color is. Why that? What's wrong with being pale or you natural skin color? Even dark-skinned prople tan. I don't get it.
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DigitalUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meh, I don't care what a girls skin color.

Maybe you're around the wrong type of guy?
I mean, because I looked up some study results
and men find plump girls with medium breasts
attractive. Brown-skinned and light are the most
attractive tones.

Mind telling me what the men around you're area are
like?
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t3hsniper Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Women aren't naturally heavier than men. On average men are heavier, but women have more fat for childbearing purposes.
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
on average men are heavier because it is socially acceptable for men to be heavier and women are forced to do extreme things to their bodies to lose weight and "fit in"

but naturally? women are.
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paulaleksandra Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wrong... Women do have more body fat, however men have more muscle and muscle weights more.. so yeah.. if you dont believe me google it... nothing wrong with a chubby lady, we're all beautiful, but if you get a woman and a man of the same size the man will most of the time weight more
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm aware that is generally true.

that's why I wasn't talking about muscle mass I was talking about weight in the context of fatness. Not who weighs more. who weighs more is irrelevant in a conversation about how to draw a body type.  if you get a 150 pound body builder and a 150 pound average person they may weigh the same but they will look vastly different.

also: don't trust Google completely. My sources are college professors and the library of congress.
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DigitalUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I'd just like to say, men are naturally heavier.

Not by society, naturally.

Wikianswers says

Men do tend to have more muscle but aside from that they also have bigger, denser and heavier bones. They are also usually taller as well. But even if a woman and man had the same amount of muscle and fat and were the same height men's bones are bigger.

And honestly, that is true. For years it has been a common fact, something I knew for years
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you.
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DigitalUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem
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Hilda-the-Great Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I'm finding your artwork very interesting. Especially this drawing. But why do you mean that its socially acceptable for men to be fat or heavier? There are more men than women at gyms working out and getting in shape.
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you.

I don't know where you got your stats from- I'd like to see your sources because most of the gyms I frequent are full of women running on tread mills.

but even if that is true it's because men work out to gain strength. not necessarily to be more desirable. Because it is expected of them to be "strong"

But yes, in general it's okay for men to bet over weight but not women. because society as a whole teaches men to treat women like objects that need to look appealing and it teaches women to see men as human beings.

sad but true.
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Hilda-the-Great Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Alright. But hold on. How is looking like a lollipop stick gonna be eye candy for men. So men are actually the ones who are stuffing the "size zero" slogan into our minds? If they are well they need to know that severely underweight women may lose their periods which affect fertility and the ability to procreate children. And they still want us to bear them children when we're finding ourselves severely malnourished? Please. So maybe the myth its true. Men are responsible for eating disorders. They are silently leading us to the graveyard.
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It is indeed riddled with contractions since it has been scientifically proven than women with more weight not only have smarter babies but in general have a higher life expectancy.

I would not go so far as to say men are responsible. it's advertising that's responsible. Teaching men that they have a higher status if they have a thinner GF because we associate fatness with laziness. even though neither of those things is true.

it all boils down to everyone should be allowed to have the body they want.
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Hilda-the-Great Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This has really irritated me. But I will surely not let my nerves devour me. According to this chart, if you ask men by going out to the streets and ask them what body type they prefer and you show them this chart, which one do you think they would pick?
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that is impossible to determine seeing as how every man has his own unique tastes.

However according to most studies men find an "ideal" body to be around a size 12. - photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4...

However, it should not be about appealing to a mans taste. this chart is about a woman being comfortable in her own skin.
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KeizerHarm Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
What do you mean by "naturally"?
Men are naturally taller, and women I know who don't care about their weight aren't always thicker than men, so I'd say men are heavier.
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
By naturally I mean if you left them alone and they did normal person things to get a moderate amount of exercise that you get form just living, walking around and working and ate without dieing.

You can say that all you like but it doesn't make it true.

In our earliest human ancestors didn't have diets or rights or hobbies, what did they have? survival. The men were out chasing down animals and prey and protecting the family, They were strong, lean and fast becuase they had to be or they got eaten. while women made things for the home, gathered nuts and berries and had babies. They were weighted to be able to survive child birth, women whose bodies could not survive having a kid died on the table.

Obviously with technology this has changed with C section being an option- but this does not change our genetic make up. Men MIGHT weigh more but they certainly aren't thicker by design, Muscle weighs more than fat does and on average men have more muscle (because they are pressured by society to be masculine) being taller also adds weight.
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Hilda-the-Great Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Also, lets consider the fact that in ancient times, food was scarce, so being heavier and fatter meant that you could survive in famines. But now since technology has changed and food is everywhere, its more acceptable to be skinny in between fast food, junk food, oils and fats because it means that you're disciplined, that you have self-control, and that you're not lazy.

But in some parts of the world there is still this old fashioned phenomenon that fat means beautiful going on. For instance, I watched a documentary on National Geographic about fat people and it also featured that in Mauritania, in Africa, mothers force feed their daughters in a strange ritual in order to fatten them for marriage. And all because over there, fat is considered beautiful and also because in those poor countries, famines occur regularly; thus, fat is totally acceptable over there.
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
True story.
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KeizerHarm Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Okay, now that you explained it it makes sense to me. Thanks ;)
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ammu23 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
some women dont have wide hips. thats where c-sections come in
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
only about 3% of the female population has narrow hips.
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Sanaa-Lee Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm one of the 3%............yay
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay? and you're telling me this because.....?
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Sanaa-Lee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
XP
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this does not answer my question.
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ammu23 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
i feel so unlucky
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:iconcandy2021:
Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
why?
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:iconammu23:
ammu23 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
i come from a narrow hipped family
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
well, if you look at it from a media perspective, they actively seek out narrow hipped women for fashion.that's why despite it being such a rare type it's almost the only time we ever see on TV.
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ammu23 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
unless your 5ft
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