Is there really such a thing as the “perfect” body measurements for a woman? And what is perfect anyway, isn’t it a subjective term? Well, not exactly! To believe that perfection is subjective is to believe that beauty is subjective.
Let’s see the definition of beauty, by oxforddictionaries.com: A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight. This means that beauty is “that which when perceived; pleases.” And most people agree on what is pleasurable to look at and what is appalling to look at. A deformed face will cause an instinctive feeling of repulsion in most people. The face of Grace Kelly, on the other hand, will cause feelings of awe and admiration. Even though there is some variation on what people find beautiful, this doesn’t negate the fact that beauty is largely objective.
So, what does make a body beautiful? Here are the 3 most important measurements:
Ideal waist circumference = height x 0.382
Don’t measure your waist at the navel. Your natural waist is at the narrowest point of your torso, underneath the rib cage. When the waist is 38% of height, it is considered ideal, but even numbers up to 43% are very good. However, if your waist is more than 50% of your height, then you should be alarmed, not only for aesthetic, but also for health reasons.
Ideal shoulder circumference = ideal waist measurement x 1.618
This measurement should be taken at widest point in shoulders, at ‘about armpit level’. A shoulder circumference that is about 61-62% of your height is a good indicator of overall muscle mass and can make you look toned, without creating a masculine look.
What is more, an ideal shoulder circumference can partly make up for the lack of breasts. Just take a look at this picture.
At first glance, Raquel Welch looks pretty busty at this picture. But, if you take a closer look you will realise that he breasts are not particularly big. Her perfect shoulder circumference adds some volume to her upper body and creates a beautiful contrast with her slim waist.
Ideal hip circumference = ideal waist measurement x 1.42
This measurement is taken at the widest point of the buttocks. Your waist and hip circumference make up your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). There are many scientific studies that show that a low waist-hip ratio (WHR) is an important measure of female attractiveness. For example, in this study men were asked to rate front-posed photographs of the same woman at different breast sizes and waist-to-hip ratios. Men rated the images with a small waist and an hourglass shape as most attractive, irrespective of breast size.
So, now that you know how to determine the perfect measurements, the next step is to find out how to get them. In most cases, it’s not enough to just lose weight. You may also have to add a little muscle in specific body areas, because muscle dictates a large part of your shape.
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