The Unabashed Feminist: Women's Body Shapes

Friday, February 22, 2013

Women's Body Shapes

Wikipedia defines the female body shape or figure is the cumulative product of a woman's skeletal structure and the quantity and distribution of muscle and fat on the body. As with most physical traits, there is a wide range of normality of female body shapes.

According to evolutionary approaches, males are naturally attracted to women, who they perceive, can maximize the number of their offspring. The focus is on women’s youth, health, and fertility as can be seen by physical characteristics. Science has shown that body type is a reliable indicator of health and fertility and men are more attracted to women with a lower waist-to-hip (WHR) ratio and an average body mass index (BMI), neither thin nor plump, because these are associated with youth and sexual maturity.

Contrast this with the idea of self-image, which has 3 main components to it:

·         What I think of me?
·         What others think of me?
·         What I think others think of me?

While we have the body shape that we have due to the genes and DNA that has been passed down through generations, we must make the best use of it. Research has shown it takes 7 seconds or less for someone to have a first impression on me. This means that most people see what I wear and how I carry myself as a binding image before I have any further interaction with someone I meet for the first time. Given this situation, doesn’t it make sense to dress myself up perfectly for an occasion so that question 3 above becomes irrelevant (for the first meeting) and the answers to questions 1 and 2 coincide? 

Coco Chanel said "Elegance is not a prerogative of those who have just escaped adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future."

So that is why I am here discussing body shapes and what can be done to enhance the first impression to have an enduring image.

We will discuss each body shape and what can be done to enhance the image that I leave behind for others starting next week.

Are you ready to take your future in your own hands? Read on... 

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