Female Body Types

Categories Explained & Simplified

Female body types categories range from three and four body shapes to Trinny & Susannah's 12 body shapes. Let's review these different female body shape categories and the other woman body types in between (to see how these different body type systems relate to one another, see the table at the end of this page).

Four Body Types of the Female

The four different body types identified by Vague, include the android, gynaenoid, thyroid and lymphatic.

Android

Lymphatic

Thyroid

Gynaeoid

Three Body Types

Sheldon's three somatotypes are the endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph. These labels are often used to describe male or female body shapes.

Endomorph

Ectomorph

Mesomorph

Trinny & Susannah's Categories

The twelve woman body shapes identified by Trinny & Susannah, author's of What Not to Wear, the original hosts of the BBC's What Not to Wear television program, and current hosts of the show, Making Over America, includes: apple, hourglass, vase (elongated hourglass), cello, cornet (ice cream cone), lollipop, column, skittle (bowling pin), bell, pear, goblet, and brick.

The Letter Systems Body Types for Women

These female body shapes consist of Kendall Farr's A, B, C, D, E & F and myshape's: M, Y, S, H, A, P, E shapes. The system used by Kendall Farr includes two versions of three different female body shapes...D, E, and F are plus-sized versions of A, B, and C respectively.

Fruity Female Body Types

The popular fruit body shapes consist of the pear shape body, the apple body shape, the hour glass figure (I know, but who can think of an hourglass-shaped fruit?), and the banana (minus the curve). The strawberry body shape is the latest addition.

The Body Types Shapes System

The body types shapes include the triangle, the inverted triangle (or V), the hour glass, the rectangle (or ruler), and the circle (or diamond).

Composite of Female Body Type Categories

Okay, that's a lot of information...let's pull it together and simplify things: 

Woman Body Types Table

Fruity
Pear
Strawberry
Hour Glass
Apple
Banana
Vague's Four
Gynaeoid
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Android
Lymphatic
Thyroid
Sheldon's Three
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Mesomorph
Endomorph
Ectomorph
Trinny & Susannah's 12
Skittle, Bell, Pear
Goblet, Cornet
Hourglass, Vase, Cello
Apple, Brick
Column, Lollipop
Farr's Six
B & E
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A & D
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C & F
MYSHAPE
A
Y
S & M
E
H & P
Types Shapes
Triangle
Inverted Triangle
Hourglass
Circle or Diamond
Rectangle or Ruler
Other References
Boyish

Recommended pages:

Go to Different Body Types page.

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