Effects of shape parameters on the attractiveness of a female body

Jintu Fan, W. Dai, X. Qian, K.P. Chau, Q. Liu

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Various researchers have suggested that certain anthropometric ratios can be used to measure female body attractiveness, including the waist to hip ratio, Body Mass Index (BMI), and the body volume divided by the square of the height (Volume-Height Index). Based on a wide range of female subjects and virtual images of bodies with different ratios, Volume-Height Index was found to provide the best fit with female body attractiveness, and the effect of Volume-Height Index can be fitted with two half bell-shaped exponential curves with an optimal Volume-Height Index at 14.2 liter/m2. It is suggested that the general trend of the effect of VolumeHeight Index may be culturally invariant, but the optimal value of Volume-Height Index may vary from culture to culture, In addition to Volume-Height Index, other body parameters or ratios which reflect body proportions and the traits of feminine characteristics had smaller but significant effects on female body attractiveness, and such effects were stronger at optimum Volume-Height Index. © Perceptual and Motor Skills 2007.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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