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The Hourglass Figure

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1. Sophia Loren

Size 38C-24-38 A mind-blowing Hourglass! Thanks Nonfictionguy for the help. No idea how I missed her. The number one hourglass goddess!


So perfect she deserves a couple more photos, courtesy of Nonfictionguy.

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2. Rita Hayworth

Size 36C-24-36 at the height of WWII pin-up fame - a Perfect Hourglass!
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3. Gina Lollobrigida

Thanks SuperAmanda for this addition!

And thanks HourglassWomen for this picture below...
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4. Dita Von Teese

Size 33-21-33, though waist goes to 16" with corset
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5. Mayra Veronica

Size 36C-23-36
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6. Marilyn Monroe

Size 35-22-35
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7. Monica Bellucci

Size 35-24-35
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8. Sherry Britton

Size unknown, but picture speaks for itself

Thanks Tartan_Skirt for suggesting her!

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9. Brigitte Bardot

Size 35-19-35 early in her career
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10. Joi Lansing

Size 38-23-35 - Top-heavy and extremely curvy bombshell
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11. Scarlett Johansson

Size 36-23-34
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12. Anita Ekberg

Thanks SuperAmanda for this addition!
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13. Diana Dors

Size 36D-24-35 - Thanks Coroner for the suggestion as well as the pics.
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14. Salma Hayek

Size 36-25-37
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15. Raquel Welch

Size 37-23-35
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16. Ava Gardner

Size 36-23-37
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17. Jayne Mansfield

Size 40-21-36 - Extremely top-heavy hourglass, but I'll let her in since her waist-to-hips ratio is so drastic and sexy
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18. Mae West

Size 38-24-38

thanks tartan_skirt for this perfectly shaped suggestion

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19. Honor Blackman

Size 37C-23-35 - James Bond likes them curvy too!
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20. Bettie Page

Size 36-24-35

another curvy suggestion by tartan_skirt

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21. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Size 34C-25-36
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22. Sharon Tate

Size 36-22-35 - Near perfect, which makes her death even more tragic.

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23. Madeline Smith

Size 34D - Hips 'DD'
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24. Jane Russell

Size 38D-25-36
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25. Tina Louise

Size 38-23-37 when she filmed Gilligan's Island.
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26. Jennifer Tilly

Size 36C-24-34
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27. Lynda Carter
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28. Sabrina

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29. Christina Hendricks

Thanks SuperAmanda for this addition!

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30. Kelly Brook

Size 34E-24-34
Perfect hourglass and stunning silhouette to end this list with a bang!
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After being disgusted by the women portrayed in the 16 skinniest celebrities list, I felt inspired to make this list, to celebrate the female curves. I'm talking about the Hourglass Figure, the sexiest figure a woman can ever have. Basically, bust and hips must be almost same size, and waist must be at least 9" less diameter than the top & bottom. According to a recent survey of 6,318 women, only 8.4% of the population fits this bill, my babe being one of them ;-)



So forget about the rest of the shapes - the twigs, the rectangles, the pears, and the triangles. Let's bask in the glory of this list and celebrate these sexy women with killer curves.



Associated Listal lists:
* The Queens of Burlesque by tartan_skirt


External links worth checking out:
* Hourglass Women

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Comments

Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 17:48
All 'deadly curves' suggestions appreciated. But remember, nothing top heavy or bottom heavy. The bonnet must match the caboose!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 18:14
Adding measurements to prove the hourglass shape of these starlets. If I find all of their measurements, might sort this list by a mathematical formula ;)
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 18:30
I shall get back to you on some additions if I think of any, but this was the perfect remedy to the sickening feeling incurred from the other list. Bleh! Well done!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 18:59
This list makes me hungry as well, but not for food.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 19:00
For pussy?? lmaorofl!!!11
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 20:16
Don't forget Sophia Loren - cannot discuss hourglass figures without her!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 20:41
Thanks for the suggestions, people. Especially Sophia. Yeah, hourglass goddess!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 20:48
Ok, found a crazy good pic of Sophia, so she's my new number one.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 20:51
Does Lynda Carter qualify? Only great hourglass pics of her are in her Wonder Woman suit.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 21:00
Yes but only naked - she's a little bottom heavy when in costume!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 10 21:06
Added Sharon Tate, Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch. All worthy hourglasses, I'm sure you'll find.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 11 1:11
Diana Dors (Measurements: 36 1/2D-24-35) :)
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 11 13:07
Added Diana Dors, Joi Lansing, and Tina Louise.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 11 20:04
Added Mariah Carey, Jennifer Tilly, and Honor Blackman. Proceeding to wipe drool off my lips.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 12 15:31
Took out that Bollywood girl who didnt quite make the cut, and added Yasmine Bleeth.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 19 3:47
Got one for you: Sherry Britton.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 25 17:27
Added Sherry Britton (thanks tartan!) and Madeline Smith (she was very curvy, but don't have a good full-body shot of her, just her upper half)
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 25 22:23
Not sure about Britton's total measurements, but Wikipedia and her NY Times obituary do give her an amazing 18 inch waist. Which is believable considering the pictures.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Feb 26 23:38
Been working on my Burlesque list and noticed two screaming absences from yours. Mae West and Bettie Page. For shame, man. :P I've also linked to yours throughout mine, along with Danie's pin-up lists for comprehensive coverage of these diamond dolls.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Apr 16 3:11
truly depressing as a chick. at least i can starve myself and be skinny. i'd have to have my liver removed to have that shape. not that i wouldn't try.
Posted: 4 years, 12 months ago at Aug 7 3:43
This is fascinating! But I think there is some erroneous thinking that an hourglass figure means heavier. I had this but was thin when young: like 33, 23, 33. No matter what the weight, the proportions stay the same. Now at almost 72 (tomorrow) I'm heavier, wear a 6 - 8 and am 36, 27, 36. BTW, I don't think Mariah Carey belongs on this list -- she is much too big in the waist for a true hourglass, big rib cage too. The true hourglass has a rather small rib cage; look at the others. I didn't realize only 8.6% of us were hourglass. Oh, what about Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez???
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Sep 25 4:14
Such a wonderful list. But there's one very obvious omission. Angie Dickinson.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 5 21:18
Where is JENIFER LOVE HEWIIT AND LYNDA CARTER!
Rose McGowan? Beyonce? Neither are hourglasses. Rose has almost no hip to waist (and that pic is photoshopped!) and Beyonce is far too small busted in proportion with her hips. Dita has breast implants so she is not true hourglasses, or she should at least be judged alongside others with implants not all natural figures. From the most widely googled article about hourglass figures which I wrote in its entirety (as I actually have one!):

Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Pam Grier, Monica Bellucci, Nigella Lawson, Diana Dors, Lisa Marie Smith, Raquel Welch, Gina Lollobrigida, Lynda Carter, Brigitte Bardot, Kim Kardashian, Jayne Mansfield, Salma Hayek, Jane Russell, a young Anita Ekberg, Rita Hayworth, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christina Hendricks, Uschi Digard, Betty Weider, Mamie VanDoren, Raven Delacroix, Jessica Simpson, Keelel Hazel , Peta Todd, Tyra Banks, Kelly Brook, Somaya Reece and Scarlett Johansson are a few examples of truly symmetrical hourglass figures. They range from fuller figures, to average sized, to tiny framed, to toned dancers, to short waisted to long torsos and also to very busty and voluptuous but all have hips and busts that are about ten inches or more larger than their waist lines.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 5 21:20
@Old Chick: Aniston is pretty but nowhere near an hourglass!
To have a true hourglass figure you do need a bust measurements that is also at least ten inches bigger than your waist measurement, however if you have a small waist and big hips you can balance out a smaller bust with clever clothing choices and give the impression of an hourglass figure much more so than someone with a big bust and narrow boyish hips. Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez and pin up legend Bettie Page are three examples of smaller busted women who have given the impression of a symmetrical hourglass figure by accentuating their impressive hip to waist ratios and wearing padded and/or bust enhancing clothing.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 5 21:27
FAMKE JENSEN? Those are fictional measurements and a photoshopped pic. goggle her in a non-retouched red carpet pic and she is closer to 34a/b-28-35 maybe. Few models are hourglasses only Tyra Banks actually. Gisele, Cindy Crawford etc are all media hype.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Oct 6 20:24
Thanks for all the input, SuperAmanda. I will revisit this list and do a fresh update and do additions and removal based on your notes. thank you.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Oct 7 6:08
Anytime! Strike Peta Todd of the list btw she is one of the world's MOST beautiful women but closer to a perfectly endowed long torosed tall type not an hourglass.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Oct 8 12:17
Removed Famke, Rose and Beyonce. Added Hewitt and Carter.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Oct 15 12:05
Hello,
can you be full figured and hourglass as well?
i'm 40x31x40/41.......is this considered hourglass?
thanks;-) i'm trying to embrace my full figure instead of thinking i need to be thin like most models...i used to have an eating disorder and was super thin..but now am at a normal weight. just wondering if i could still be considered hourglass w/ these measurements?
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Oct 15 20:27
Do you have a photo? Curvy can also be used to refer to someone with a thick stomach/waist while an hourglass figure has a visible waist line even if you are very full figured like Nigella Lawson, Jane Russell or Hendricks. Being a fuller figured hourglass is largely contingent on the clothing you wear, your bone and frame size and how big your breasts are. A 40a/b cup with 41 inch hips and a 31 inch waist would be closer to Pear shape though you'd still have an optimal hip to waist ratio. Christan Hendricks from MadMan has similar measuremnets but is 5'8. Google pics of her and a young Antia Ekberg and see if you look similar.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 14 19:36
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 15 1:27
Personally, I think Francia Raisa has almost no hip to waist ratio. She is simply sticking her hip out in each pose.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 22 21:22
Okay to the lady who was wondering if she is an hourglass figure. I would say yes. I included the wikipedia definition.

Now responding to SuperAmanda there is nothing in there suggesting that an hourglass can only be slim. That would be like saying that only pear shaped women of X weight are pear shapes. Nope there are specific measurements that either make you a pear, apple, hourglass, ect.

I have always had an hourglass figure. Even when very chubby, I always have bust and hips that are the same measurement, and my waist is always at least 10 inches less.


The hip and bust are almost of equal size with a narrow waist.[1] Body fat distribution tends to be around both the upper body and lower body. This body type enlarges the arms, chest, hips and rear before other parts, including waist and upper abdomen. Because of the preference shown to physical symmetry, many celebrities falsely claim hourglass measurements but actually rate closer to a straight figure or apple[citation needed].
A study of over 6,000 women carried out by researchers at the North Carolina State University around 2005 found that 46% were banana (rectangular), just over 20% pear, just under 14% apple, and 8% hourglass.[1] Another study has found "that the average woman's waistline had expanded by six inches since the 1950s" and that today women are taller and have bigger busts and hips than those of the 1950s.[1]
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Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Nov 25 3:41
SuperAmanda:
I tried to find the right photo, but I didn't.
I understand what you're saying (it does look like that specially in the first pic), but no it's not really that she's just "sticking her hip out in each pose", and you can see this if you watch the video: she does have a fair hip to waist ratio.
That's precisely the first thing I notice when I see her, not in a pose, but just walking around (on any shot in "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"), and it's the reason why I suggested her, because I guess she doesn't have huge breasts or butt, as she is quite tiny, but she does have sinuous curves, visible in her evident top-waist-hips figure, where it seems that the top and bottom are strikingly proportional - an hourglass shape in my eyes.
Watch the video I linked. First 13 seconds: evident proportions.

jelajiggles:
Agreed.
Hourglass women are women who have a naturally narrow waist, and hips and bust of or close to being the same size!
Yep, that's it.

star13:
If I understand those measurements correctly then indeed, I think a 40x31x40-41 is an hourglass (I do not think that having less than 1 inch more on the hips makes you a pearshape, that's crazy!), thou not that slim and without a drastic hip-to-waist ratio (like Brigitte Bardot).
I'm not an expert and can't really *see* what "40 inches" actually mean... However, looking at this list, with your 40-31-41, I'd say you're like a fuller Zeta-Jones with her 34-25-36 (with actually a little more simmetry) ;)
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 2 8:12
Hi Jellajiggles: I actually never said an Hourglass figure had to be slim, please read my wiki answers article on "how to get an hourglass figure". I simply said that you can measure a large upper body measurement and still not be busty and that without a photo it is a tough call. I wrote parts of that wikipedia article you quoted.

Nebula: I think if she was a true hourglass figure it would not be debatable. I'm not seeing it but agreed she is SUPER pretty.

Prelude: Mariah Carey, Jessica Beiel, Yasmine Bleeth are closer to mesomorphs not hourglasses and should be replaced by Anita Ekberg, Christina Hendriks and Gina Lollobrigida! Thanks for not including Jessica Alba or Gisele as both have fabricated having hourglass figures despite the obvious. Those who ARE hourglassy appreciate this list very much as it separates the fact from fiction. Cheers!
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 2 21:33
Great input SuperAmanda. Added the three lovely suggestions of yours, and removed the three you pointed out. I agree with all of those, so list is now updated.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 2 21:35
But I had to remove Jennifer Love Hewitt, due to silicon city implants that distort her true shape.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 2 23:41
I just added a couple more photos each for Jayne Mansfield and Gina Lollobrigida which you may find shows their hourglass figures more visibly.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 4 13:38
Thanks, added both.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Dec 11 16:44
The best collation of pretty women on Listal. Well done.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Dec 12 0:21
"But I had to remove Jennifer Love Hewitt, due to silicon city implants that distort her true shape."

Whoa! There has never been any proof that she is nothing but 100% real. she is just really beautifully proportioned and a petite hourglass girl.I know real boobs and JLH is 100% natural-no way is she fake. Dita VonTeese is NOT naturally endowed (as she herself has discussed her own implants numerous times) she is very beautiful but is not a natural hourglass in any way as well , she employs body modification, so without militant corset training and implant, Dita would simply be a trim, slim small busted beauty. Also do be aware that many of the measurements issued by the press are fake. Rectangles like Jessica Alba and Gisele Bundchen all claim Hourglass figures and it is clear they are virtually curve less. I would restore Jen Love Hewitt, remove Zeta Jones and Bellucci (both flawless but not hourglasses) add Betty Brosmer, Irish McCalla.

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Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Dec 12 0:37
oops! saw you added Ekberg!
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Dec 26 7:01
They are not eating ???? just breathing Air ???
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Dec 31 2:50
What about Cyd Charise and Audrey Hepburn?
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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 5 4:02
People have so many questions about hourglass measurements. If you want to know if your really an hourglass, look in the mirror, front and back. If your body in shaped like an hourglass then thats what you are. I know people that are 36-24-36 and are not hourglasses. AN HOURGLASS LOOKS JUST LIKE THE WORD THAT DESCRBES IT, "HOURGLASS." Thank good Im one for real!
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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 5 4:28
Being that I am a young hourglass woman with no plastic sugery and all natural, I show off my hips with low rise jeans, shirts low cut that show my breast, and the best part of my boby, I love to show my waist! I love being a curvy woman!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 9 1:20
Hello! I am a also an hourglass figure. i love this list! Keep it up!

I noticed that some of these lovely ladies' measurements are missing. I am not sure how accurate they are, though. Here they are:

Gina Lollobrigida: 35.5-20-35.5
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Sherry Britton 38-18-33 (WOW! I am not sure on the accuracy of this one, bun Wikipedia also states that her waist was 18")
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Anita Ekberg: 39.5-22-36 (1950 Miss Sweden) and 47-27-38 (at age 50, WOW!)
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Lynda Carter: 38-26-38 (Miss World, USA), 38-20-37 (Miss World, USA, 1972), and for her Wonder Woman costume 37.5C-25-35
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I cannot find Christina Hendricks' measurements for the life of me. All I could find for her was 36-32-36, which, when looking at her, seems totally inaccurate.

How about Kate Winslet? She seems to have an hourglass-shaped figure, although she has a longer waist. Measurements are 34C-24-35.

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Or Geena Davis? (34-25-34) She might not be busty enough, though.
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As for Jennifer Love Hewitt, I am not sure whether she is a natural hourglass or not. I n some pictures, she looks more pear-shaped, but in others, she looks distinctly hourglass-shaped.

In this photo, she looks quite pear-shaped:
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I have seen other photos where she looks more like an hourglass. I heard that she got implants, so that would affect her shape. Either that or she has a combination of pear and hourglass body types.

At first glance, I would have suggested Megan Fox, but after some research, I don't think she fits the bill (she seems to have gotten implants as well).
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 9 2:09
As for Cyd Charise and Audrey Hepburn, they aren't nearly busty enough to be considered hourglass shaped.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 15 4:09
@Arc-Angel: I truly believe that Jen Love Hewitt is NOT a pear, it's called having a hip to waist ratio. A pear shape is flat chested or very small chested and has a MUCH bigger behind and hips in proportion to their upper body.Alicia Keyes and Mischa Barton are two examples. Hewitt personifies a petite hourglass figure:
http://images.teamsugar.com/files/upl1/1/16613/29_2008/Jennifer_Love_Hewitt%28fringe%20n%20wavy%20black%29.preview.jpg

If measurements were taken seriously then every woman in Hollywood including Rachel Zoe would be an hourglass. Measurement are mostly fiction created by PR teams.

http://www.listal.com/list/most-overrated-celebrity-bodies
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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 17 0:38
I wonder how not one black woman is on the list.
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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 17 0:51
forgot Halle Berry, shes definitely and hourglass.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 20 5:42
Some are right on. Others have nothing to do with an hourglass
look at your different shapes at the top right of your screen.
The greatest hourglass I have ever seen was Betty Brosmer famous model
from the 50's
Check her out on BettyBrosmer.com
There is no body any greater small waist, large bust and shapely hips
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 24 2:43
most of those women aren't very nicelooking. I do like Ava and Bettie though (slutty pictures aside). most have gross faces though, and why are they all so... big? Why is Audrey Hepburn not on this list? :\
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 24 19:08
I am 30DD(35)- 24- 35. Is that hourglass, pear or rectangle?
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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 25 19:05
Oh boy, am I going to get a lot of haters for this post :) I've stumbled upon this list a while ago, and I have to give props, because it is quite possibly the ultimate collection of beautiful, sexy women. HOWEVER, I see so many different takes on the hourglass figure, that as an hour-glass figured woman, I just have to add my two cents..

I see many people incorrectly being referred to as having an hourglass shape. Firstly, hourglass is a shape, having a body with a certain set of ratios, which is determined by your skeletal build-up and where your body stores fat. Mostly pear-shaped women are able to get away with being incorrectly referred to as an hourglass and I admit, it is really easy to deceive the eye, since the way you dress and accentuate or hide your features can make a huge difference. Typically to qualify as an hourglass in most people's eyes, your waist should be at least 10 inches smaller than your boobs and hips. The truth is: for pear-shaped women( who can by the way have A-cup to D-cup sized breasts for all the matter, what classifies a woman as a pear is having narrow shoulders, a nice waist-to-hip ration, but most fat accumulating on their thighs, legs, waist, buttocks. If your outer thigh is wider than your shoulders and the highest measurement under your breasts(this is your band size and is what actually counts, NOT your cup size) you are a pear, for example with measurements like 34-23-38. A 4 inch difference IS 10 centimeters, and it is visible!! It is not the same symmetry, since you can clearly spot where your body stores fat in excess. In most cases though with proper clothing a more hourglass-y silhouette can be achieved.

The other side of the fence, if a woman has measurements such as 40-23-35 she is still top-heavy because that extra 5 inches( 12 centimeters) make a difference.

Also what some people before me already mentioned, ribs play a huge part in giving an hourglass shape, and it is something you cannot change.

Like I said, when I lose or gain weight I still look and measure like an hourglass. HOWEVER, the activities you do can dramatically alter your body, and your body does change over time! My Mom was everything from a ruler, to an hourglass in her early twenties, to a pear after giving birth, and finally an apple after menopause..

Swimming is not a really good sport on a regular basis for hourglass shapes because it can turn an hourglass shape into too much of a V-shape, Pilates squares up the torso the abs and the waist is lost. I'm still on the look-out for the perfect work-out.. Callanetics sounds inviting because of the twisting type of workouts, but might narrow the hips too much..

Anyhow, I think everybody should be proud of their body type, because they all have their negative/positive aspects and really none is better than the other!!!

Apple shapes might be very top-heavy, with excess fat stored mostly on the abs, but they also have the best legs out of the bunch, something I really envy for one :)

Pear-shaped woman usually have very delicate narrow shoulders, toned arms, a nice waist-to-hip ration but slightly bigger outer thighs and might(!) have smaller breasts, than other body shapes but its not always the case

Rulers usually have nice flat abs, nice legs, arms.. they might not have a defined waist, big butt or breasts but almost all styles of clothing flatter them, hence they might be able to deceive visually

Hourglass figures usually have broader shoulders( something I dont like for one, although it makes me feel tought :) ), dramatic waist-to-hip ratio, and hips exactly the same as their band measurement. For me, my band size I have to admit is 2,5 smaller than my hips, however my shoulders are exactly symmetrical, my torso and legs and symmetrical and I balance it out). Downside of hourglasses is not having the nicest legs and most modern clothing looking silly on you :)





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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 25 19:43
Sorry for the long comment, to summarize:

Body shapes describe how your body tends to distribute your body fat. If you have excess fat on one area of your body compared to the rest, it appears asymmetric and because of this the most noticeable feature. An hourglass shape has symmetry, since the measurements of the top and bottom half of the body match and that's why it catches people's attention. According to a recent article, only 8% of women today have a true hourglass shape, and I have to admit that in my twenty years of life, having visited many countries, continents, and living on both Europe and America, have met only about 4 girls who were truly hourglasses. Most of these celebrities lie and deny, same with their plastic surgeries, which btw applies to at least 80% of Hollywood if not more, so thats why I don't really feel like it worth comparing who is hotter and has a better shape out of them.


Again just my two cents :)
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 27 20:40
Hello!!! I would like to know wich body shape I have...:))My measurements are 36C- 29-39.... My shoulders are the same width as hips, but they are straight... My waist is long, but looks smaller than you would think when u see it is 29 inches.... I have big thigs, but my butt isn't that big..... So, pls help me :))))
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 28 15:14
Via: But the point isn't to compare who is better, just who looks the healthiest, least emaciated and the most symmetrical. If you are going by some 3rd Reich style aspect ratios and coordinates of how a figure or face should be then you've lost the plot.

Obviously most of what you quoted I WROTE from either Answers.com or yahoo answers ("calanetics (one 'L) and the pilates theory). Good job paraphrasing though. My only complaint is that you did not give me credit as it's my copy written work! Calanetics by the way won't narrow your hips unless you already have narrow hips to begin with, wearing low rise jeans over time WILL make the stomach bigger and the hips more narrow (even if you are tiny). It's the inversion of corset training. Low rise jeans give even small women, something I call "perma-muffin."

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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 29 10:45
@superamanda:
Why post doctored pictures of Hewitt when we are talking about real shapes here? If you check her pictures below, you cant get surprised about why she gets photoshopped so much. and they clearly show that her chest is much smaller than her hips.


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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jan 30 22:48
hey, would i qualify..? my fiance seems to think so...
37 1/4 (34E), 27 3/4, 37 1/2.
Hooray for all you curvey women out there! Skinny was never in!!!!
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 7 17:23
Black women made this list as did other women of colour:

http://www.listal.com/list/ultimate-hourglass-figures

Zes, please check out this list:

http://www.listal.com/list/pear-shaped-perfection

Jennifer Love Hewitt is far too busty to be a pear shape alongside those stars. You are the first person I've ever heard use the term "smaller bust" in regards to JLH, universally she is considered a very petite and busty celebrity. She also has hips and a tiny waist-that is an hourglass not a guitar.
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Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 22 17:39
amanda, if her own bf used to call her a pear:D i guess he knows better than u do:D you can also google her measurements. she is a pear and she is not a nice looking one. and i dont see your problem with me using the term 'smaller bust' when it is smaller than her hips and theres just nothign i can or want to do about it:D
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Apr 9 1:37
Black and Hispanic women are the true hourglass figures. All of women posted have flat backsides. And Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and J Lo should be at the top of this list right after me.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Apr 14 14:33
Hey my meassurment is 37-31-41 am i most probably a pear shape? i got pretty wide hips .
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Apr 20 14:43
great list, beautiful women, but i cant belie\/e no black women made this list.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 2 2:37

To Dkidd and cosmic kisses: There are Black women on this list of hourglass figures. Let me know if there are any others that were left out.

http://www.listal.com/list/ultimate-hourglass-figures

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Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 2 19:59
On Beyonce, ok she has smaller breast. But some women on your list are too top heavy to me. To my eyes, and the eyes dont lie......Beyonce does have smaller breast, but she has broad shoulders. She may lack the breast, but her beautiful shoulders make up for it. Shes an hourglass, stop hating on Beyonce.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 3 16:27
There's no hating on Beyonce-she's beyond the concept of what a phenomenon is. A pear shape is the best shape of all. It may not sound pretty (in Latin America it's called "Guitar" which is nicer) but the stigma is from the media not from the reality.
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Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 6 2:40
The pear is the best alright, The PAIR of my hips and breast go good together!!!!Lol!!!
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 6 7:00
If one of the rules to being a hourglass figure is equal bust and hip measurements some of these women don't fit the criteria.
For Example Mayra Veronica's measurements are stated as 36C-23-36. However 36C=39" bust, thus making her 39-23-36. With regards to bra's the two digit number is the band size -measured under the bust+5"- and the cup size is the respective difference in inches between band and bust measurements i.e. A=1",B=2",C=3",D=4",DD&E=5". With this info in mind; Diana Dors would be 40-24-35, Jane Russel is 42-25-36, and Kelly Brook is 39-24-34. How big of a difference in inches/cm is it acceptable to be and still be considered an hour glass?
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Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 7 2:08
well if I measure around my bust, I am a 38 and it just depends on the time of the month it is i will measure 39, around my ribcage measures a 28 (right under my breast. My waist is a 26 and my hips are a 39. I think the most important part of an hourglass shape is the curve ) ( between the breast and the hips which is your stomach. With a pear, they dont have that curve on the waist. Their waist line just goes straight and their curve really starts at the hips. They usually have smaller upper bodies compaired to theit hips with small shoulders. An hourglasses waist is very well defined. Marya veronica looks to me likes shes had some implants along with some other surgery done. The photos are touched up too, so you cant really tell.
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Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 7 2:48
@ KLS
Pears' waist lines go straight?
Not at all. Pears also have curvy waist lines and their waist lines are typically more defined than hourglasses.
The most important aspect of the hourglass is the symmetry coupled with the curves. Pears and hourglasses both have defined waists, hips and butts (usually the latter) but the difference is hourglasses have broad shoulders, big busts and generous thighs to balance out their figures whereas pears have heavier legs, smaller busts and rounder shoulders.

For examples of pears with defined waists:

http://blogs.citypages.com/dcody/images/beyonce-bikini-yellow.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ZHuBM57v13E/SWLtgZ3FzjI/AAAAAAAAE0Q/4R7WjY24e44/s400/Michelle_Trachtenberg6.jpg

http://www.youthnoise.com/Assets/shakira.jpg
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 13 3:50
EddyG: http://www.listal.com/list/ultimate-hourglass-figures

That list has virtually no retouching on it. Bra size varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. A 34DDD "usually" means that the woman measures 40 to 42 inches around the bust. But many times the bra subtraction equation for band and cup size does not work and many designers and fit experts for larger busted women have stopped using it. Measurements issued by PR firms are nearly always fake. Unless you se the celeb measure on you tube in form fitting clothing you can't be sure it's the truth.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 17 2:18
Fran Drescher, Measurements: 34B-24-34
Oprah Winfrey, Measurements: 36-25-37 (as 18 year-old pageant contestant)
Halle Beery, Measurements: 36C-22-37
Carmen Electra, Measurements: 36C-23-35
Charlize Theron, Measurements: 36B-24-36
Martha Hyer 36 1/2-23-36
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 21 14:32
Can someone please tell me where you get these measurements? Some of them sound so off, especially the waist part. Jennifer Tilly's waste is that tiny? May-be when she was in junior high. I really am curious how these measurements come about.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 24 4:02
The measurements are faked for the most part by PR firms and celebrities. Celebs lie, their press agents lie and people believe what they read.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at May 31 6:53
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Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 7 20:56
What about Katherine Heigel. 36-26-36?
or Doris Day 36-25-26
or Audrey Hepburn 34-20-34
or Winona Ryder 34-22-34?
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 15 1:23
You gota be kidding! No Betty Brosmer??
For the best hourglass figure
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 17 13:05
Im a hourglass measuring, bust 40-waist-22-hips-42, I must say I like being an hourglass and I often get kind remarks about my waist size. People find it tiny compared to the rest of me, it is very difficult to find clothing that fits as with jeans i have to get a pair that fits my hips but is big for my waist, dresses with no stretch can be hard to wear as I have a big bum too, but I find dresses with a little stretch in them fit like a glove. Thanks for appreciating the hour-glass people, there was a time when i hated it growing up people would stare and that can be hard on a young girl. But as a woman now I learnt to love em, its just the way Im shaped!!
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 18 1:44
I don't know whether I'm an hourglass or not. I'm about 33.5-23.5-34.5. That sounds kind of hourglassy, but I don't look like one. My bust and hips are virtually the same, but my shoulders (37 in.) are noticable broader than my hips (which I've always thought of as being narrow). I guess I'm more of an inverted triangle. Maybe I'm not taking the measurements correctly. I measure my waist at the smallest part (right under the ribcage) and the hips around the fullest part of my rear.

Oh, and by the way, I'm pretty sure that Sophia Loren, while an hourglass, used corsets to exaggerate her figure. And if you look at Bert Stern's photoshoot with Marilyn Monroe, you can see that she wasn't nearly as busty as people seem to believe nowadays. I think she used padding. ;) She just had a tiny waist and very wide hips.

Audrey Hepburn did not have an hourglass figure! She was a total pear. You can tell from photos that she was almost completely flat chested, so I'm not buying 34-20-34.

You really don't see many dramatic, or even slight, hourglasses nowadays it seems. My great grandmother somehow had a 40 inch chest and 18 inch waist...and this was after the days of corsets! I have no idea where those genes went!
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 18 2:48
"Black and Hispanic women are the true hourglass figures. All of women posted have flat backsides."

I don't get why people keep saying that hispanic women have curvier butts. My city is like half hispanic (Mexican mostly), and the vast majority of them are apple shaped, i.e. big stomachs, shoulders and chests, flat butts and skinny legs.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 29 16:08
"According to a recent survey of 6,318 women, only 8.4% of the population fits this bill"

Not true and that study is VERY VERY Small and look who it was commissioned by? A clothing retailers group...
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 30 3:18
I read that study, that percentage comes from the fact that any woman with more than a 1" difference between her top and bottom measurement was automatically considered pear-shaped or triange(e.g.: 34-24-36 would be considered pear, 36-24-34 would be considered triangle)
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 30 3:34
scarlett and marilyn are stunning----this is the longest list of comments i have come upon at listal.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 30 4:03
I like both your list and the one done by SuperAmanda. One extreme hourglass you are missing, however, is Maila Nurmi, a/k/a Vampira. Her story is quite fascinating; she recently passed away in 2008. In her prime, she was 38-17-36. Now THAT'S an hourglass figure! Check out photos on her Facebook fan page, at: [Link removed - login to see]!/pages/Vampira/42296997567?v=wall
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 30 4:07
P.S. Let me also compliment you on including Mayra Veronica, who I had never heard of before. I just can't get over that incredible body! Wow!
Posted: 4 years ago at Jul 17 18:37
Hi SuperAmanda =) I wanted to know if I am an hourglass figure as well. Before I had my four kids I measured in at 34,24,34. Now since I have had my four children and am 30 I seem more pear shaped but still have large breasts for my only 5ft1 115lb frame. Now I am 36,28,37. I also have a booty but it's a little wide and sometimes makes my back profile look disproportional. My mother had the same and she is an hourglass figure. She has dd breasts where mine are only c cup. Anyhow, according to most hourglass measurements your waist has to be 10 inches smaller than hips and bust and mine is only 8 &9 inches smaller. I think it could be because of my post pregnancy tummy.So does that make me an apple, rectangle or pear? I'm still pretty tiny for my size even after having my children. However my waist still went up a whole 4 inches, my hips 3 and my bust 2 inches. Even my face got a little fatter=( Is this normal or was I never an hourglass to begin with? If not, then what shape am I? I am so confused by this and I know shape plays a big part in the way you should dress. Is it possible to change shapes after having children? I have always been big busted for my petite size. Aren't pears small busted? thanx
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Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Aug 16 20:54
They are auctioning some of the Mad Men clothes on eBay and Christina Hendrick's vitals are 39-30-39 sounds about right!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Oct 9 23:14
You forgot ginger rogers measurement 34-23 1/2-34 1/2 in the 1950s when she was most famous
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Oct 9 23:33
Elizabeth Taylor || 36C - 21 - 36
Veronica Lake || 34 - 21 - 33
basically and famous actresses in the 1940s or 1950s
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Oct 16 0:20
Also i think you should have this hispanic lady whos name is liliana gonzalez whos hourglass body shape looks alot likes sophia.

Oh and vraifriandise as you could see in that list that is NOT true.and also i hate when ladys lik kim k are considered by many a pear shape just because she is 4 inches bigger on the bottom than the top but ladys like jayne mansfield whos has 4 inches bigger on the top are hourglass.
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Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 1 18:05
You forgot about Pam Grier.

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Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Mar 11 5:15
Go to the ultimate hourglass figure list!! much more complete! but this list of course, still rocks as it was the inspiration for me to join listal!
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Mar 19 19:36
Nice list. I current measurement is 38,29 and 41.5. I do not know my body shape and a lil over weight due to lack of exercise and proper dieting. What is my body shape?
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Apr 11 21:29
I'm a bit confused by this list, cause to have an hour-glass figure, don't you actually have to have hips, breasts, thighs and a butt? There's quite a few women on here who are flat as a board, but for some reason are listed as 37-23-36 and such. How is that exactly???
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Apr 27 16:39
Is Jillian Michaels an athletic hourglass?. Her bust is a bit small but she does seem to have the shape. Shes 23-23-33
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Apr 29 16:37
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Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jun 6 12:17
most women have an hourglass shape i guess, esp. when they use corsets to make their waists thinner, which can look a bit creepy to me.
that 28. Sabrina wtf is wrong with her boobs o.O
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jun 12 20:59
Kate Beaver ( phillyin.com = kate beaver......imdb.com = kate beaver ) has the hour glass figure & the best overall figure PERIOD!!!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jun 14 23:46
Katy Perry has a modern day Hourglass figure and she has so much talent and personality! a great role model!

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Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jun 27 10:36
superamanda your collection are too good and your analysis very deep keep it up want to friendship W U
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jun 27 10:40
some confusion about this list is it realy Hourglass figure
superamanda please tell the ideal figure of a by age factor and by virgin or marry and after kids want can lady do to fitness for looking sexy and hot
Posted: 3 years ago at Jul 5 21:02
Bianca: KATY PERRY DOES NOT HAVE AN HOURGLASS AT ALL!! hahaha! As a role model she's a pile of trash.

http://www.listal.com/list/how-does-katy-perry-measure
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Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Aug 6 5:11
how disgusting... all women have curves, and skinny women are ESPECIALLY curvy (as you can see from your own pics). oh and btw, Marilyn, Christina, Bettie... more than half these women aren't even hourglasses, they are pear or cone shaped. Feel free to check out my list about this since I've covered most of these women. :-) no hate, appreciate.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Aug 8 13:50
I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CoolCent. com
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Aug 12 7:00
would like to know my body type, my pic on my profile
iam 38/28/38
thanks
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Aug 27 4:03
You must understand that all women have different figures. Some of us can't help it if we are stick thin or overly obese. This is why women will never be comfortable with their bodies. I know for a fact that I'm not comfortable with my tiny body frame because according to the world "I need a cheeseburger." Well guess what, I can eat about ten cheeseburgers and not gain a pound. It's not my fault that my thyroid is overactive.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Sep 7 21:00
In the European world of beauty standards, here is the theory about the FEMALE shapes:
1. If people call you a "stick", you are a rectangle/ruler.
2. If people call you a "bodybuilder", you are an inverted triangle.
3. If people call you "fat-ass", you are a triangle.
4. If people call you a "balloon", you are an oval.
5. If people's mouth hang open when you walk through, you are an hourglass.

My view on this is: If I'm healthy and happy with myself and people behave like this with me, I'll tell them to get a life. Punto.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Sep 21 15:58
Thanks for the list. However I'm highly confused by this sentence.

''After being disgusted by the women portrayed in the 16 skinniest celebrities list...''

Hourglass is proportion. You can be sickly thin and be hourglass. It is so common to see this assumption hourglass shape = plus size, big, overweight etc. Actually it just proportion you can see and measure. It won't look identical on every woman, but there is general similarities among all the hourglass shaped women. It is possible to be big, small, fat, skinny, tall or short hourglass.

Also it's very interesting to read some of the descriptions of what causes hourglass shape.
There are actually three components: fat distribution, muscle distribution and bone structure.
Yes some women genetically can get bigger end remain hourglass, since their genes dictates that fat are mostly stored on hips, butt. However, it's not limitless thing. After certain weight every single human will start to store fat on waist. This limit again is genetic thing.
Bone structure is an inherited attribute, except for some extreme medical interventions. So woman with bigger pelvis and smaller ribcage has a high chance to be hourglass shaped.
Now, last is muscle. This is so overlooked factor and most changing through the life. Of course our default muscle mass is genetic thing, but lifestyle plays such a huge part in this. For example, over-developed oblique muscles can minimize or even ''erase'' hour glass shape.

Regarding women who look straight but measures as hour glass, don't forget that butt plays important roll. It's one of the biggest muscle in body, so some of celebrities, actually don't lie about their measurements. It's just that they have small pelvis, fairly bigger ribcage and added mas to gluts. From side view they look curvy, but not from front. It can also be other way. Look at Sabrina, she has small bottom despite wide hips.


Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at May 17 7:01
Glad to see Sophia Loren at number 1! Very nice list

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