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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 this chart is out of date, please direct your attention to the new and improved version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]

( NOTE: FILE IS HUGE! width wise, full view for the awesome)

Art & headless torso ladies :iconcandy2021:
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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
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
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
...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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