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It is also often used in women's personal ads or Internet profiles to indicate their appearance. In human body measurement , the three sizes are the circumferences of the bust , waist and hips ; usually rendered as three sizes: The three sizes are used mostly in fashion , and almost exclusively in reference to women,  who, compared to men, are more likely to have a narrow waist relative to bust and hips.
An important difference exist when measuring men's hips for most fashion design purposes. In these instances, men's hips are measured at the genitals. Brassiere band size is measured below the breasts, not at the bust. A woman with measurements of 37A—27—38 will have a different presentation than a woman with measurements of 35C—27— These women have ribcage circumferences differing by 2 inches, but when breast tissue is included the measurements are the same.
The result is that the latter woman will appear "bustier" than the former due to the apparent difference in bust to hip ratios narrower shoulders, more prominent breasts even though they are both technically 38—27— What Guys Said 6. What is that measurement, that you're divding? Considering "perfect" is you ware pretty damn close.
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The size of the nipples may increase noticeably. These changes may continue during breastfeeding. Breasts generally revert to approximately their previous size after pregnancy, although there may be some increased sagging. Breasts can decrease in size at menopause if estrogen levels decline.
Estrogens can also affect the female body shape in a number of other ways, including increasing fat stores, accelerating metabolism , reducing muscle mass, and increasing bone formation. Estrogens cause higher levels of fat to be stored in a female body than in a male body.
The hormones produced by the thyroid gland regulate the rate of metabolism , controlling how quickly the body uses energy, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. Body fat distribution may change from time to time, depending on food habits, activity levels and hormone levels.
When women reach menopause and the estrogen produced by ovaries declines, fat migrates from their buttocks, hips and thighs to their waists;  later fat is stored at the abdomen. Body fat percentage recommendations are higher for females, as this fat may serve as an energy reserve for pregnancy.
Males have less subcutaneous fat in their faces due to the effects of testosterone;  testosterone also reduces fat by aiding fast metabolism. The lack of estrogen in males generally results in more fat deposit around waists and abdomens producing an "apple shape".
Testosterone is a steroid hormone which helps build and maintain muscles with physical activity, such as exercise. On the other hand, estrogens reduce muscle mass. Muscle mass changes over time as a result of changes in testosterone and estrogen levels and exercise, besides other factors. The aging process has an inevitable impact on a person's body shape.
A woman's sex hormone levels will affect the fat distribution on her body. Devendra Singh, "Body shape is determined by the nature of body fat distribution that, in turn, is significantly correlated with women's sex hormone profile, risk for disease, and reproductive capability. Before puberty both males and females have a similar waist—hip ratio. These factors result in women's waist—hip ratio WHR being lower than for males, although males tend to have a greater upper-body to waist-hip ratio WHR giving them a V shape look because of their greater muscle mass e.
During and after pregnancy, a woman experiences body shape changes. After menopause , with the reduced production of estrogen by the ovaries , there is a tendency for fat to redistribute from a female's buttocks, hips and thighs to her waist or abdomen. The breasts of girls and women in early stages of development commonly are "high" and rounded, dome- or cone-shaped, and protrude almost horizontally from a female's chest wall. Over time, the sag on breasts tends to increase due to their natural weight, the relaxation of support structures, and aging.
Breasts sag if the ligaments become elongated, a natural process that can occur over time and is also influenced by the breast bouncing during physical activity see Sports bra. The circumferences of bust, waist, and hips, and the ratios between them, was a widespread method for defining women's body shape in Western cultures for several decades after World War II, and are still used in some North American subcultures for this purpose.
The band measurement is usually measured around the women's torso, immediately below her breasts at the inframammary fold , parallel to the floor. The hips are measured at the largest circumference of the hips and buttocks. The waist is typically smaller than the bust and hips, unless there is a high proportion of body fat distributed around it.
How much the bust or hips inflect inward, towards the waist, determines a woman's structural shape. Body shapes are often categorised in the fashion industry into one of four elementary geometric shapes,  though there are very wide ranges of actual sizes within each shape:. Several variants of the above coding systems exist: A woman's dimensions are often expressed by the circumference around the three inflection points. For example, "36—29—38" in imperial units would mean a inch bust, inch waist and inch hips.
A woman's bust measure is a combination of her rib cage and breast size. For convenience, a woman's bra measurements are used. Height will also affect the appearance of the figure. Since the taller woman's figure has greater distance between measuring points, she will likely appear thinner or less curvaceous than her shorter counterpart, again, even though they both have the same BWH ratio. This is because the taller woman is actually thinner as expressed by her height to size ratio. The use of BWH measurements for anything other than garment fitting is thus misleading.
BWH is an indicator of fat distribution, not fat percentage. The thin hourglass figure, seen as the bodily ideal of today by some, has not always been the desired body shape. Stone age venus figurines show the earliest body type preference: The emphasis on protruding belly, breasts, and buttocks is likely a result of both the aesthetic of being well fed and aesthetic of being fertile, traits that were more difficult to achieve at the time.
In sculptures from Classical Greece and Ancient Rome the female bodies are more tubular and regularly proportioned.
Moving forward there is more evidence that fashion somewhat dictated what people believed were the proper female body proportions. This is the case because the body is primarily seen through clothing, which always changes the way the underlying structures are conceived.
This is most easily visible in paintings of nudes from the time. When looking at clothed images, the belly is often visible through a mass of otherwise concealing, billowing, loose robes. Since the stomach was the only visible anatomical feature, it became exaggerated in nude depictions while the rest of the body remained minimal.
Though the classical aesthetic was being revived and very closely studied, the art produced in the time period was influenced by both factors. This resulted in a beauty standard that reconciled the two aesthetics by using classically proportioned figures who had non-classical amounts of flesh and soft, padded skin.
In the nude paintings of the 17th century, such as those by Rubens , the naked women appear quite fat. Upon closer inspection however, most of the women have fairly normal statures, Rubens has simply painted their flesh with rolls and ripples that otherwise would not be there. This may be a reflection of the female style of the day: Thus Rubens' women have a tubular body with rippling embellishments.
It also lifted and separated the breasts as opposed to the 17th century corsets which compressed and minimized the breasts. Consequently, depictions of nude women in the 18th century tend to have a very narrow waist and high, distinct breasts, almost as if they were wearing an invisible corset. The 19th century maintained the general figure of the 18th century. Examples can be seen in the works of many contemporary artists, both academic artists, such as Cabanel , Ingres , and Bouguereau , and impressionists, such as Degas , Renoir , and Toulouse-Lautrec.
As the 20th century began, the rise of athletics resulted in a drastic slimming of the female figure. This culminated in the s flapper look, which has informed modern fashion ever since. The last years envelop the time period in which that overall body type has been seen as attractive, though there have been small changes within the period as well. The s was the time in which the overall silhouette of the ideal body slimmed down. There was dramatic flattening of the entire body resulting in a more youthful aesthetic.
From the s to that trend continued with the interesting twist of cone shaped breasts as result of the popularity of the bullet bra.
The body shape calculator allows you to determine your body shape. All you need to know is the measurements of your shoulder, your waist and your hips. Known as the absolute perfect body on a female. 36 inches measuring the length around the tits and back, 24 inches measuring around the waist, and 36 inches around the hips and ass. (Could also be said in feet: ) This is also called the "hour glass" body. My measurements are I’ve gone to various websites, and have entered my measurements, but different websites have given me differing results. I’ve gotten the results of pear,hourglass, ruler, and apple because of my shoulders weird.