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    I’m too sexy for your body

    Yesterday I went to my tailor to be measured for my wedding sari/dress.

    Let’s just say that I’m far from the Western ideal of 36-24-36, a shape that has been referenced in pop culture by the Commodores, Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Violent Femmes.

    Come to think of it, I don’t recall a time, even during my fittest teenage years, where that “ideal” string of numbers described my physique — and I was cute at 19!

    Andrea Lynn, who was an editor for the News Bureau at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says 36-24-36 is a disproportionate figure, akin to Barbie. The measurement casts aside the fact that the average woman is shaped more like a pear, not an hourglass. Plus, 36-24-36 would mean that a woman has a size 10 bust, a size 2 waist and size 4 hips.

    Which begs the question: Is that “ideal” attainable without surgical enhancements?

    So, despite the big-bigger-biggest measurements for my sari, I’m gonna strut it on my wedding day.

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    5 Responses to “I’m too sexy for your body”

    1. 1 R Says:

      I absolutely agree with you about 36-24-36 being unattainable, unrealistic and not the only hallmark of attractiveness. But be assured about the sari. If draped right, it is immensely sexy, feminine and kind to most body types.

      But no matter what you wear, you’ll look great.

    2. 2 a Says:

      I used to be 36-25-35 (not quite the ideal, but close) before the kids, and let me tell you, and you’ll agree, I in no way ever looked as curvy as Barbie. Those numbers don’t mean anything. Barbie just had a good tailor keeping her clothes snug tight. Women look as sexy as they want to look, and I know you’ll look good in anything you put on.

    3. 3 » Weighty obsession | minalisms Says:

      […] To say that we are a country obsessed with a woman’s weight is the biggest understatement of all time. Keyword searches such as “measurements average woman,” “size 2 women’s measurements,” “36 24 36″ have brought at least one visitor to my site every day since I wrote this blog. […]

    4. 4 von Braun Says:

      I’ve measured myself many times, and been measured by other people, and have come up with 36-24-36 nearly every time (occasionally I get 35.5, but my bust – about a D cup – and hips are perfectly equal). I realize that I’m the exception to the rule, but my body is far from “unattainable”.

      And I may be an hourglass, but I’m not Barbie curvy (if a total lack of hips is considered curvy). I think the image of “36-24-36” is a voluptuous one, but the reality is that it’s pretty far from that, if my figure is any indication. If you want a very voluptuous hourglass, then THAT is unnatural, but that requires a corset. I always see my figure demeaned in blogs like this. I certainly don’t feel like the “ideal” figure.

      While you may be buttering up your own self-esteem, you help to diminish mine… Thank you.

    5. 5 lindseylizabeth Says:

      @von Braun – That was a very intelligent response. I feel exactly the same way. I have the same measurements and often people say that anyone who has such a measurement must have a food related disease or gone upon unnatural measures. It makes me angry because my body is gorgeous just like any other women’s, but in breaking the stereotype of what is beautiful other women have lashed out at my body type. My body is a thing to be celebrated. But to make all the so-called “average” body types feel better, my rarer type is announced to be unnatural. Screw you bloggers.

      I’m gorgeous just like you are. I’m not ideal, or unnattainable. My body is gorgeous, just as everyones was intended to be.

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