What are the IDEAL FEMALE BODY MEASUREMENTS?

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Ideal Female Body Measurements

The answer to this question is a point of contention and social debate.

This is why we can't give you this number right away without qualifying certain "issues".

So, before we just spell out the numbers (bottom of this page), let us first take a look at a couple of things that are vital when considering ideal female body measurements:

  1. Waist-to-hip ratio
  2. Vital Stats or Measurements

The waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is something you have heard about plenty of times. But, what is it really? Well, it's a woman's waist measurement divided by the hip measurement.

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Here's an example:

Jane has a waist measurement of 28 inches and a hip measurement of 40 inches.

28 divided by 40 = 0.7

Thus, Jane's waist to hip ratio is 0.7 (this is the way it's expressed: 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, etc.)

Now, here is the problem, and this is why we mentioned that we needed to qualify certain statements before we mention what the ideal female body measurements are.

Namely, there are significant cultural differences in terms of preferences for what the ideal female body measurements should be.

Research has discovered that the waist-to-hip ratio of any woman of any build is strongly related to how attractive a woman is perceived to be. This perception of attractiveness is prevalent in all cultures.

Women with a 0.7 waist-to-hip (waist circumference measurement that's 70% of the hip circumference measurement) are often perceived to be more attractive by men from North America and European cultures.

Famous beauty icons (past and present) such as Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren all have (or had -in their primes) waist-to-hip ratios of around 0.7.

However, preferences vary from culture to culture. For instance, men in Asia perceive women with waist-to-hip ratios of 0.6 to be the most attractive, while in South America and Africa women with ratios of 0.8 or 0.9 are believed to be the most desirable and most attractive.

Vital Stats/Measurements

The waist-to-hip number alone doesn't say much without knowing the vital stats measurement of a woman.

Thus, a woman's "dimensions" are expressed in terms of the circumference around three main points - widest point of the chest, narrowest point of the waist and widest point of the hips.

Here's an example:

A 36-29-38 (inch) vital stats measurement means a 36" bust, 29" waist and 38" hips.

This measure is called a woman's vital statistics.

A woman's bust measurement is her breast size, as reflected by her bra cup size.

Let's illustrate this with an example of 2 different women:

Woman A with a bra size of 36A has a rib cage of 35 to 36 inches in total circumference and her bust measures 37 inches.

Woman B with a bra size 34C has a rib cage of 33 to 34 inches in circumference, but the same bust measure (as Woman A) of 37 inches.

Thus, the woman with a 34C breast size - Woman B - will look bustier because of the difference in bust-to-hip ratios (narrower shoulders and more prominent breasts) even though both women have the same BWH ratio.

Another element that influences ideal female body measurements is height. Height affects the appearance of a woman's figure.

For instance, a woman who has vital stats of 36-24-36 and is 5 ft 2 inches tall (1.57 m) will look different from a woman who has the same 36-24-36 vital stats but stands 5 ft 8 inches (1.73 m) in height.

Because the taller woman's body figure has a greater distance between measuring points, she will appear (and be perceived) as thinner and less curvy than her shorter counterpart with the exact same vital stats measurements.

Thus, even though both of them have the same BWH (bust-to-waist-to-hip) ratio and the same weight, the taller woman is thinner because of her height.

Ideal Female Body Measurements - The Generally Accepted Standard

The ideal female body measurements (according to most modelling agencies and health, fitness and fashion experts) are:

34-24-34 inches (86-60-86 cm)

with a height of at least 5 ft 7 inches (1.70 m).

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There you go! Whether or not you agree with this is a whole other issue. For some this may be too thin. For others it may sound just about right!

In any case, we believe that this "ideal" female body measurement is not realistic nor representative of what women actually look like and puts unwanted pressure on women to try to be "ideal" when in fact each and every woman can be beautiful and sexy in her own way!



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Simply me 
Well, I'm 32 years of age 5'2" and weigh 105 lbs. My friends say I'm a bit skinny 'cause my bone structure is quite big and my vital statistics is 34(C)-26-34. …

My Idea 
In any case, we believe that this "ideal" female body measurement is not realistic nor representative of what women actually look like and puts unwanted …

As Long As I'm Healthy 
I'm 37, 138lbs, 5ft 3inches, and I'm pure Asian - 38-32-38 haha!

Who cares 
I'm always complimented on my figure I'm 36 22 34 I have a slim waist and flat stomach I'm happy.

Work HARD! 
I am 41 years old and have had 2 children. My measurements are: 36/26/37, weight: 133 lbs at 5'6". I work out hard in the gym and in the kitchen....80% …

Proud of my body 
I've always been thin. Two kids later it took some effort to regain the shape and muscle tone that came effortlessly when I was younger. I'm 27, 5'7.5", …

Good measurements, but wanting more definition.  
I'm Asian, so I don't know if there is a difference all around. I was brought up in the States. I am much curvier than people from my birth place (Hong …

I love myself 
I'm 24 Asian girl, my vital stats is 35-24-35. I'm 5'4, I think it's just perfect for me. ;-)

HMMM 
I have been battling with weight issues since I've been in high school. I am now 31 years old, 5'7", & measurements of 38-28-38. I was much, much smaller …

Beauty Myth 
A well written article and very informative. However, it's insane to have such impossible and unhealthy body measurement standards as the 'ideal one'. …

Looked this up to prove to everyone that my body is ugly :)  
32-27-36 Height 5'4" No boobs. Fat waist. Fat hips. Incredibly fat because I am way bigger and at least 3 inches too short. My measurements on 5'7" …

Measure 
18 yrs old 38-27-38 but only 5'5". I look really curvy because I'm short, mostly in the legs. xD

it's a whole new world out there 
There is, visually, a tremendous qualitative difference between 2 women with exactly the same height and measurement statistics when one works out and …

Hourglass? 
I'm 5'9" and my measurements are 36-28- but I'm pregnant now and I'm afraid I'm gonna lose my body once my son is born lol.

Very hourglassy 
Oh... I'm a 39(32E)-24-36 and I'm a little more than 5'3". Is that too much? I think my bust is too large to be considered a true hourglass where it's …

I am working to get into the military. 
My vital stats as of now are 38D-36-47. My goal is to get my waist area to around 30 to 29. I am 5'3"-5"4 in height. I am African American. The …

Age 
When you are younger you look at physical beauty and as you age or as I age you see beauty as something different since a female no longer has to produce …

Thin and petite and I like it 
I'm 23 years old and am 5'1" and weigh 82lbs. My measurements are 31-22-31. I feel totally good about the way I look and people usually give me complements …

Big gal 
I'm the Amazon here at 39-34-48 and 6ft 2 inches.

Need to lose weight 
I'm a 34C-26-49 and 'til this day I find it hard to believe that I'm a H-49 since to me they seem average. I love the way I look, especially since I think …

I'm fat dammit. 
I'm 5'2" with measurements of 44-34-44. I am trying really hard to lose the weight though...stress has made it very hard. I won't give up though!

Too big? 
I'm 5'11" and my stats are 38-28-40. I think it's decent. I could probably be slimmer, but I have a large body frame and used to be 300 lbs when I was …

Simple woman,but attractive to everyone 
I am 28years old. People keep saying I am sexy, skinny and attractive because of my body type 34-24-34. I just wear simple clothing, but for them it's …

Am I ideal? 
I am 19, I'm 5'7" and 34-24-36. I am an hourglass shape so I have wide hips, but I am in no way fat.

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So Close! :P 
Well I'm pretty close! I'm 33-24-34 and 5'7! Ah darn just - an inch away from perfection (Just Kidding)! Oh well, that one inch really doesn't bother me. …

Here is a quiestionaire! 
My body measurement is 36B-28-37 with height 5 ft 6 inches. Is it good or bad for modelling?

Ugh boobs! 
Just turned 20, finally about to get my boob job(:. I'm 5'6" 31-24-34 right now. Soo very close! I crave to be ideal 34-24-34, will not stop till I am. …

Everyone says my body is perfect? 
I'm purely Latin. I'm 5 ft. tall and my measurements are 36-26-36. I've always heard if your waist was 10 inches smaller than your bust and hips you were …

.72 at almost 54 
After getting up to 194 lbs. by age 50, at a height of 5'1.5", I had no idea what my measurements were at that time, but they had to be scary huge. After …

Close Enough 
I'm 5'7" and 38-28-38. It's four inches more than the "ideal" but at least it's four inches more in all three. Cup size and waist can go down, but most …

Just the way God made me... 
Regardless of the weight you lose or gain, the proportions of your body and where your body distributes its weight are mostly to do with your genetics. …

Alright 
I'm 5'9", 34-26-37 and I feel huge ha-ha!

Hourglass 
I think these measurements are realistic to those who have an hourglass shape. The shoulders and the hips are the same and the waist is small. So these …

Pretty close! 
My measurements are 32-26-36 and I'm 5ft 3". If just my breasts were a little bigger. And by this my bum's not as big as I thought it was!

I disagree 
My own measurements are 95-78-98cm (37.5"-31"-38.5") but yet people say my body is perfectly ok.

Lose weight? 
I'm 5'3" and I'm 36-29-40. Not sure this is a good thing... Considering I've lost some weight in a year (I'm 18 and I've been trying to lose weight) I …

I want to know if my body measurements are ideal 
I'm 42, height 5'3" Asian 32"-27"-36 with a weight of 118 lbs. How much do I have to lose?

Ideal for what? 
These would be excellent for bearing and nourishing an infant. Big hips to ease the stress (both mother and child) of childbirth, and big breasts to feed …

I'm okay... 
I'm 31-24.5-34.5 and I'm 5'6". I guess I would be really attractive if I wasn't so flat-chested...

Perfect! 
I'm 5feet 8inches tall and 36-28-40.

For a 5'1" 
It's really cool to know the ideal body for women. I am 5'1" Asian woman with a B-W-H of 32-25-35. Well, I'm kinda content with my figure but I want to …

Does it matter? 
I'm 18 and 45-38-45 38DDD (yes I meant to put 3 D's) at 5'7" and guess what I don't care if I'm not "ideal measurements". I'm happy with how I am and I …

Apparently I have the "perfect" measurements.. 
I'm 5'7, black-caribbean with B-W-H of 34-24-34; they say it's the ideal but I disagree. I wish I had a larger bust and hips, I consider 36-25-38 (basically …

Should I try to improve my size? 
I'm 5"7 & I'm 38"-26"-37".

Cultural/Social Ideal 
Alright ladies: calm down now. This is 'ideal' and it clearly says, "In any case, we believe that this "ideal" female body measurement is not realistic …

Question on measurements 
What should be the measurements for a girl that's 148cm tall?

My measurements 
I'm 16, 41-30-41, and 5'2". So that's like .73, and I wear a 36D. I workout and play lots of sports, but I want to loose some weight. But guys tend …

Wow I'm Tiny... 
I'm 26-22-26 and im 5'6"; I am only 17 years old though so that might come into effect here. I just wish my breasts were a bit bigger...

Well it's OK I guess 
I'm 5'7" and have an OK figure I guess. It's 34-32-38 but it seems a little straight. My sister tells me I don't have a figure but boys check me out. …

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Idk. Guesss I'm too Big 
I'm mixed and 5'2" at 170 pounds; 36-25-45 are my measurements. Guys always check me out because they love my big butt and hips. I just wish I could be …

I Agree 
My measurements are 36-35-45. I'm mixed with black white and Indian. I wish I could be that small. Im 5'2" and I am very curvy. I always attract guys everywhere …

Slightly Confused 
I am always sized as a 32D or 34C but my rib cage is 29 inches in circumference. What type of measuring system is this using? I'm 37-27-37.

Underweight 
I'm 5'9 with measurements of 36-25-32 and I'm clinically underweight with a BMI of 17.0 at 115 lbs. People have to remember to take their own body shapes …

Holy CRAP! 
I am 5'6. That waistline is going to be hard to get too!

People stop bitching. 
Take your own body shape into account instead of griping. I'm at 5'5", 37-27-40, and I don't think there's anything wrong with it. So I'm a little pear-shaped, …

This is way off! 
I'm 6' tall and measure 42 (actual bust but upper rib cage is 34-30-44) and my hips are very unlikely to get to a 34 because bones don't shrink! Also, …

Height 
I take issue with the idea that 5 foot 7 is the "ideal" height. It's possible that in the modeling industry, that is the case, but the modeling industry …

Am I fat ? 
I have body measurements of 34-30-38. Am I fat ?

Do I have good measurements? 
Well I've got the bottom two pretty close. I'm 30-23-35. My waist ranges from 22 to 24 and my chest is just really small. Idk., are those good measurements? …

Doesn't sound right to me! 
24 inch waist? That sounds unreachable. My auntie was put in hospital when her waist was 25 inches as she was malnourished, then again she was quite tall …

Body shape 
I think everybody's shape is unique on its own. Wether you have a banana shape, apple shape, pear shape or even an hour glass shape, so far as you look …

Darn 
Darn! Off by one. I'm a .07-ish, 34-25-34.

Scottish Female's Reply 
It is confusing when your b-w-h (bust-waist-hips) ratio is 36.3-32-36.5, and you're 5ft 4inches. It's confusing when it comes to getting a real dress …

Women are Perfect for Men 
The article states that in South America women with a bigger waist-to-hip-ratio are considered ideal, when in fact it is the opposite. According to the …

Body Shape 
Americans are using "unrealistic" in place of lazy with a lack of control. The .07 should be modified with skeletal structure, of course. I am 34c-23-34, …

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