The most ideal and sought after body shape for women is the hourglass figure. The characteristics of an hourglass body type is highlighted by large breasts,a small waist and wide hips. While Hollywood celebrities and socialites such as Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson seemed to have brought “curvy” back, beauties like Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth were admired for their figure 8 bodies before any of the former were even born!
Terms like “bootylicious” and “dime piece” have caused millions of women, both young and old, to do the craziest things in order to obtain their ideal (or perhaps, society’s ideal) of the perfect female figure. But ironically enough, the quest for physical perfection isn’t a modern day vice, the use of organ shifting corsets, body wraps and the like date as far back as ancient Egyptian culture.
Now before you try to “get” an hourglass shaped body, you should first understand exactly what it is and how far you have to go before you reach your goal.
The term “hourglass” is used to define the shape because it literally resembles an old-fashioned hourglass. It is also sometimes referred to as a figure 8. When you looking at the digit 8, the middle represents the waist of the woman, with the top and bottom representing their counterparts on the female body as well. So this body type is ALL about your measurements and not your dress size or weight. You can be a 100 pound size 2 or a 200 pound size 18, and still have an hourglass figure. In a woman with a true hourglass body shape, the measurements of her hips and bust are generally the same (or very close to it) and her waist measurement is equal to, or less than 75% of her hip and waist measurement. In other words, take your bust and waist measurement, assuming they are equal and then subtract 10 to 12 inches from that number. If your natural waistline falls into that number (or less), you have an hourglass shape – if your waist is larger than that number…you have
some work to do.
Now that you’ve determined how close (or far) you are from having a natural hourglass figure, you should have a better idea of what you need to do to get it. As desired and desirable as it is, the average woman does not have a figure 8 body type as genetics plays as much a factor in your shape as your diet. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t achievable – be it “naturally” or with a little help from body shaping products and garments.
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