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Old 07-18-2012, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I wonder your opinion (because I'm undecided) on determining shape based on how your body looks as is vs. where you gain weight. Because I've seen women who are one shape when they're a low weight and another as they gain. I think this is especially true for an hourglass or ruler to gain and end up looking like a pear.

I've heard some say your "true" shape is determined by where you gain and others say there's no such thing as "true" shape, just whatever shape you happen to be right now. Thoughts?
I don't know. My shape doesn't really change through weight gain and loss. I'm always bottom-heavy with a small waist, at any weight I've been. Any excess weight I carry goes to my hips/butt/thighs, though, never to my waist. At my heaviest, I gained a little up top, but that was more upper arms...my bust never significantly changes with weight gain or loss. Mostly, I just gain weight on the bottom, but am pretty much a pear, no matter what size/weight I am. Even at my most slim, my pelvic span is always gonna be wider than my shoulders...that's just my build, independent of where fat gets stored - wide pelvis with or without fat padding to make it look even wider, and slightly less broad shoulders.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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Her legs are huge to me. She is curvy though.
That's way too muscly for my taste.
This looks much better and is a 10/10 for me.


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Old 07-19-2012, 07:05 AM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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I wonder your opinion (because I'm undecided) on determining shape based on how your body looks as is vs. where you gain weight. Because I've seen women who are one shape when they're a low weight and another as they gain. I think this is especially true for an hourglass or ruler to gain and end up looking like a pear.

I've heard some say your "true" shape is determined by where you gain and others say there's no such thing as "true" shape, just whatever shape you happen to be right now. Thoughts?
I was always hourglass with 10" difference between my breast & waist and then waist & hips, despite where I was on the scale: 155 or 195.

I don't recall men (or women for that matter) referring to me as curvy. I think my height and breast size always overshadowed everything else so I was usually described as statuesque and/or voluptuous.



Then after my 3rd child I dropped a bit of weight and now I'm more banana. I lost weight in my chest for the first time in my adult life and lost what little meat I had on my hips. Now people call me skinny, even strangers make comments, which surprises me because I don't consider myself all that skinny. I think my "bonier" upper body (due to loss of muscle mass) throws people because from my waist down I'm not skinny at all.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I have a slightly warped sense of body image and female body ideals, that I am going to blame my mom for.

According to my mom, your body was "fine" as long as you have a 10 inch gap between your waist and hips. (more is fine, less is "bad") I didn't grow up thinking that was curvy or anything. That was just "normal" for all women. Didn't even consider that some people wouldn't have a shape like this at all. Until I was much older. My mom is notorious for commenting on people's shapes and clothing choices (not in a malicious way). Stuff like "omg, she has no butt. Wow, her legs are really skinny. Her butt is just too big. His legs are too skinny." or my favorite, when someone is swaying their hips as they walk "look at her profiling." I probably notice people's shapes and proportions a lot more because of her.

I never considered myself curvy. Like many people, I developed early. Started wearing a bra at age 10. Went from training bra to B cup almost overnight. By the time I was 12, my breast were bigger than my mom's (and that also sealed it, that I wasn't going to take after her body type at all: slim pear).

So basically, until I was in college, I just thought I was disproportionate. I had a big butt and big thighs. I looked like a pear. I was also pretty busty, but was wearing the completely wrong sized bra, so waist definition wasn't apparent at all. Since I needed to fit my chest, my shirts were boxy at the waist. So basically, I thought my shape sucked. I couldn't find pants, they were too tight in the thigh. I didn't look like my classmates who were all straight and skinny. I was just a weirdo.

I never even considered myself curvy until shopping with a friend (with an inverted triangle shape aka the reverse pear) was like "that looks way better on you since you have curvier hips. I have no hips." Then I started realizing I was probably "curvy." Still wearing the wrong sized bra, but at least I started to catch on that defining my waist was a good thing.

Then at some point, "Curvy" became a bad thing. And a euphemism for being overweight. So I basically met the normal definition, and the new definition. I find, thus far, for me, that I went from a pear shape for up until recent years (when I started exercising more, and using weights) to something closer to a more balanced shape. My hips are generally wider tan my shoulders, but since I am busty, I can look more in balance. Most of the time, I have had a 10 inch gap from waist to hips. At my heaviest it dropped to 9 inches. Right now it is 12 as I am losing. But from bust to waist, it has been all over the map. At my heaviest, it was about 6-7. Now it is 9-10. My waist doesn't tend to widen (on the sides) with weight gain, so in terms of proportion, I don't look much different. Even when the ratios change significantly. So I still tend to view my shape as a pear.

But that could be shifting as I change sizes. I guess we'll see what happens when I get to my goal! Still on Team Curvy for now.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: in my imagination
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Its hard to tell because some people's definition is curvy is others fat.


Case in point: Mulher Melancia aka Watermelon Woman



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oh lord.....come to ME BABY.....bring it on. (insert emoticon with tongue hanging out)
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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I have a slightly warped sense of body image and female body ideals, that I am going to blame my mom for.

According to my mom, your body was "fine" as long as you have a 10 inch gap between your waist and hips. (more is fine, less is "bad") I didn't grow up thinking that was curvy or anything. That was just "normal" for all women. Didn't even consider that some people wouldn't have a shape like this at all. Until I was much older. My mom is notorious for commenting on people's shapes and clothing choices (not in a malicious way). Stuff like "omg, she has no butt. Wow, her legs are really skinny. Her butt is just too big. His legs are too skinny." or my favorite, when someone is swaying their hips as they walk "look at her profiling." I probably notice people's shapes and proportions a lot more because of her.

I never considered myself curvy. Like many people, I developed early. Started wearing a bra at age 10. Went from training bra to B cup almost overnight. By the time I was 12, my breast were bigger than my mom's (and that also sealed it, that I wasn't going to take after her body type at all: slim pear).

So basically, until I was in college, I just thought I was disproportionate. I had a big butt and big thighs. I looked like a pear. I was also pretty busty, but was wearing the completely wrong sized bra, so waist definition wasn't apparent at all. Since I needed to fit my chest, my shirts were boxy at the waist. So basically, I thought my shape sucked. I couldn't find pants, they were too tight in the thigh. I didn't look like my classmates who were all straight and skinny. I was just a weirdo.

I never even considered myself curvy until shopping with a friend (with an inverted triangle shape aka the reverse pear) was like "that looks way better on you since you have curvier hips. I have no hips." Then I started realizing I was probably "curvy." Still wearing the wrong sized bra, but at least I started to catch on that defining my waist was a good thing.

Then at some point, "Curvy" became a bad thing. And a euphemism for being overweight. So I basically met the normal definition, and the new definition. I find, thus far, for me, that I went from a pear shape for up until recent years (when I started exercising more, and using weights) to something closer to a more balanced shape. My hips are generally wider tan my shoulders, but since I am busty, I can look more in balance. Most of the time, I have had a 10 inch gap from waist to hips. At my heaviest it dropped to 9 inches. Right now it is 12 as I am losing. But from bust to waist, it has been all over the map. At my heaviest, it was about 6-7. Now it is 9-10. My waist doesn't tend to widen (on the sides) with weight gain, so in terms of proportion, I don't look much different. Even when the ratios change significantly. So I still tend to view my shape as a pear.

But that could be shifting as I change sizes. I guess we'll see what happens when I get to my goal! Still on Team Curvy for now.
You measure the gap? I don't at all, maybe I'll try doing that though to see what my WHR is.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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You measure the gap? I don't at all, maybe I'll try doing that though to see what my WHR is.
Yup I do. Then calculate my WHR (and BWR -- bust waist) just because it is interesting.
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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oh lord.....come to ME BABY.....bring it on. (insert emoticon with tongue hanging out)
The two on the sides look really nice to me. It's the one in the middle in black is too muscly for me. The far right brunette is smokin' for me.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Alexandria
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Team Chunk all day err day!

Curvy is subjective and why do you care? Are you going to be dating these women? No? Then keep it moving
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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Team Chunk all day err day!

Curvy is subjective and why do you care? Are you going to be dating these women? No? Then keep it moving
That's the type of women I date. Like right now!
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