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Find out what your new body shape is

A SURVEY conducted by Triumph found that women dislike having their bodies classified by inanimate objects like apples and pears, so they came up with an all-new set of categories.

Karen Ashly, sales and marketing manager of Triumph, said that women's bodies should be seen as works of art.

Which is why the lingerie maker's new set of classifications are named after famous artists such as Da Vinci (named after Leonardo Da Vinci) and Matisse (named after Henry Matisse).

The results of the survey, which was conducted on both women and men in Australia and New Zealand, were compiled into The Shape Report.

The Shape Report

While 70 per cent of woman were not happy with their bodies, 79 per cent of men were  actually satisfied with their partner's body. 82 per cent of women wanted to have a different body shape.

48 per cent of women in Australia and New Zealand are size 14 or above. 57 per cent would like to be no more than size 10.

Given the choice of stomach, thighs, bust, legs, waist and arms, 47 per cent of women wanted to change how their stomach looked.

Men were found to be more liberal when it came to women showing cleavage, with 52 per cent of them thinking that it was acceptable to show it at any time or day and on any occasion. Women were far less liberal at only 22 per cent.

Men were also found to like their partner's breasts more than she did.

12 per cent of women in Australia and New Zealand would decrease the size of their breasts, and 16 per cent would like to increase it.

Having hair and make-up done made 61 per cent of the women feel good about themselves. 20 per cent of women felt good with beautiful underwear, 6 per cent with a great pair of heels, and 14 per cent chose other things like clothes, being healthy, being happy or being given compliments.

42 per cent of women in the two countries were satisfied with their appearance, with Japan at 44 per cent, Taiwan at 70 per cent, UK at 75 per cent, China at 78 per cent, and France and Germany both at 81 per cent.

The new body shapes

REMBRANDT (formerly known as "Hour Glass")

Women belonging to this group tend to have smaller waists and almost-equally-proportioned bust and bottom.

DA VINCI (formerly known as "Straight" or "Rectangle")

Women in this group might have a wide waist in proportion to the rest of their body, making most of their bodies rather similar in width, and therefore having less curves.

RAPHAEL (formerly known as "Inverted Triangle")

Women who belong to this group usually have broad shoulders and a body that is significantly wider on the upper torso. Some are also well-endowed, and they usually have smaller waists and hips in proportion to their upper torso.

RUBENS (formerly known as "Apple")

Women from this group tend to put on weight easily around their mid-sections.

BOTTICELLI (formerly known as "Pear")

Women with this body shape tend to be more bottom-heavy with bigger hips and butts as compared to their busts.


Women in this group have a general narrow frame, most noticeable narrow shoulders and hips, but they might have a wider mid-section and wider thighs.

We have put together our own list of female celebrities according to the categories that they belong to. View the photos here.

Source: The Shape Report by Triumph

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