Ideal Body Measurements for Women

The Classic Way

36 -26 -36. Well! wouldn't be nice if it were that simple. It is not, and I know I have already have death threats from some woman who is nowhere close to these numbers, and chances are she may be a beautiful woman. Oh! by the way you are supposed to be 5'8". It is kind of difficult to change your height.

The Seamstress

This was awarded the best answer by Yahoo Answers, but it still seems like it came from a classic text book:

0.8 is the ideal ratio between waist and hips and waist and bust. If the ratio between these is even then this is considered hourglass, the preferred shape for women. Ratios can vary, they can be smaller than this, like 0.65 which just means the shape is curvier. Or they can be larger, like 0.9 which would indicate a more straight, not so curvy shape.

In order to be considered an hourglass the measurements between your waist-hips and waist-bust must be no less than (if I remember correctly) 9". And the bust must be at the most 1" smaller or larger than the hips in order to be called an hourglass. If the bust is 35 and the hips are 36, with the waist being at least 9 inches smaller this is an hourglass larger by 2" than the hips then this is getting into the inverted triangle shape.

For you search you may want to try "ideal shapes", "body ratios" (for women), or just the shapes in general such as hourglass, pear, etc.

Just a little hint, people get confuse when they give the bust measurement, most of them are giving the size of the band and not the whole circumference around the bust . A 36 bust would be one of these bra sizes..28G, 30E, 32D, 34B or 36AA. so if the woman is wearing a size 36 band and has DD boobs, she is not a 36 for her bust but a 41, and if the rest of her measurements are 24 - 36, then this makes her and inverted triangle, not an hourglass because her bust is 5 inches larger than her hips. 41 (full bust measurement -36 (hip measurement) = 5.

Measurements to Percent Fat

If you do not have calipers, and do not have a machine to measure fat, this is a way to determine your percent fat with a tape measure (or sting and ruler).

Body Fat Formula For Women

Step 1: Multiply total body weight x 0.732, then add 8.987 = Result 1
Step 2: Divide wrist measurement (at fullest point) by 3.140 = Result 2
Step 3: Multiply waist measurement (at naval) x 0.157 = Result 3
Step 4: Multiply hip measurement (at fullest point) x 0.249 = Result 4
Step 5: Multiply forearm measurement (at fullest point) x 0.434 = Result 5
Step 6: Add Step 1 + 2, subtract Step 3, subtract Step 4 and add Step 5 = Lean Body Mass
Step 7: Subtract lean body mass from total body weight = Body Fat Weight
Step 8: Multiply body fat weight x 100, then divide it by total body weight = Body Fat Percentage.

Fat Percentage Categories
Fat Women 10-12% Men 2-4%
Athletes Women 14-20% Men 6-13%
Fitness Women 21-24% Men 14-17%
Acceptable Women 25-31% Men 18-25%
Obese Women 32% + Men 25% +

Waist - To - Hip

To Calculate your waist-to hip ratio, divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement and record your results. An ideal ratio would be a number of under 0.8.

Ideal Body Measurements by Function

This is tricky, because in some sports the women start to look a bit too masculine, but in general, women who are good at a sport have ideal bodies for that sport.
It helps to be tall in basketball and volleyball. It helps to be short in gymnastics and cheer leading. It helps to be a bit stockier in softball, it helps to have short legs and low center of gravity in surfing. It helps to be skinny in running marathons. What ever your shape, nature had a reason for its survival. There may be a need for it in the future. Discover who you are physically and work with it. I found these pictures of women athletes that I think are beautiful. Look for other pictures throughout this web site.

But...If you want to get depressed keep reading...

Now for Miss America:

I found this at

Year Age Bust Waist Hips WHR Height/m Weight/Kg BMI
N 89 82 64 64 64 64 73 70 70
Min 1921 15 30 21.5 32 0.611 1.55 45.36 16.83
Max 2008 25 37 27 37.5 0.781 1.8 65.77 22.27
Range 87 10 7 5.5 5.5 0.17 0.25 20.41 5.44
Mean 20.4 34.8 24 35.4 0.678 1.69 54.95 19.16
Median 20 35 24 35.5 0.667 1.7 54.43 19.01
Mode 21 35 24 36 0.667 1.7 54.43 18.72
ó-1 2.33 1.28 1.28 0.96 0.035 0.05 4.41 1.11
r 0.69 0.29 -0.31 0.16 -0.414 0.16 -0.27 -0.51

Ok I could not find this weight in pounds. So I will translate leaving out some of the mumbers. N is important as it shows how many pieces of data were used in each column, but I will leave it off. I will cal the Mean Average (AVE)


Hourglass, Pear, or Voluptuous? Use this calculator to find your ideal body shape.

If you are thinking about improving your measurements, maybe you should concider recording your results on this chart:
Ideal Body Measurements for Women Chart

Have different opinions or want to comment on which men have ideal bodies? Click to this page where you can voice your opinion:
Ideal Body Measurements for Women and Men

Or, Just go to the bottom of this page and suggest a woman that you think has a great figure.

This Woman Has Ideal Body Measurements?

Do you have a picture or have a great story about a woman with great body measurements? Share it! Who do you think has a great body? I would particularly like to see action pictures of women whose body seems perfect for the job at hand. I am thinking of a picture from National Geographic of women carrying things on their heads, but surprise me.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Sarah Brannon 
Her 34bs were a perfect handful and her waist and hips formed a nice body

Amy Jackson Not rated yet
I am not too familiar with Amy, but I like her picture and someone sent it to me.

Kwon Yuri Not rated yet
Kwon Yuri might not a really big bust but her bust looks to be around a C cup. she has a pear shape but with her height and athletic build I really really …

Kan MinKyung Not rated yet
Shes great looking. Has worked on her body,,,and now is absolutely gorgeous. Comments from Mike (Ideal-Weight-Engineer): Well I was not familiar …

Mari Not rated yet
Standing at 5`1 she used to weigh 105 lbs. Then she decided to workout and get in shape, so the dieting started and now she weighs 95 lbs. Comment …

Jessica Ho Not rated yet
Because its true. Comment by Ideal Weight Engineer (the one who writes this web site): I almost did not approve this submission because it seemed …

Track Athletes Not rated yet
I have always admired the physique of track athletes

Serena Williams Not rated yet
Serena Williams is a full figure tennis player, and I think she has an amazing figure

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