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Women Name Body Shapes After Famous Artists

Women Name Body Shapes After Artists, Not Apples and Pears

Women in Australia have decided to stop comparing their bodies to inanimate fruit. Instead, they're naming their shapes after artists who celebrate the female figure — like Leonardo da Vinci and Peter Paul Rubens. One lingerie model putting the change on display explained: "I was a pear, but now I'm a Matisse. Matisse always painted such beautiful women." Da Vinci represents a straight up and down shape, and Rembrandt denotes a full bust and bottom.

A body image expert conceded that classifying women's bodies typically presents problems, but "these categories let women know that all types of body shapes have been around for a long time and have been considered beautiful by artists throughout history." Find out more in the news report above. Do you think it's a positive change?

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PontNeuf PontNeuf 6 years
The only thing this is going to do is create yet another euphemism for whatever body shape happens to be unfashionable at the moment. However, if it makes you feel better that your body shape used to be fashionable, go for it. My twelve-year-old-boy shape wasn't fashionable 50 years ago and it won't be fashionable 50 years from now. Think of how ridiculous my descendants will feel calling themselves a Karl Lagerfield.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Re: the comments about men's body descriptions, I think there is one particular part of a man's body that they are equally insecure about, and there are just as many (if not more) descriptors for that.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I don't think it will catch on, but I think the idea behind it is nice. The way women's bodies were depicted in art history are as varied as they are in reality. Though you might not want to be considered a Picasso or Francis Bacon. I would classify myself as an "Egon Schiele". It is kind of funny, Anonymous, that men don't have the same kind of body descriptors.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
You know, I'm just realizing that I was kind of critical up there. What these women are doing is fun for them and probably some other people, so if it makes them feel good, I fully support it. And lizlee, yes, this generalization is also not helpful because at any time in history there were differently shaped women, I'm sure.. moose-juice, I agree that no matter how hard they try, magazines and such can't ever please a large part of the population. The further people are from the shape of a twelve year old boy ,the harder it is to make clothes for them as well, because they vary greatly. They're not simply the same shape in a different ratio. Maybe we ought to go back to custom made clothing ;)
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I completely agree with RoaringSilence, I don't find anything about "pear-shaped" or "hourglass." I find that those descriptions represent typical female body shapes perfectly. People need to stop being so overly emotional about their bodies and accept things like body shape names with a grain of salt - you don't have to take 100% seriously, but there is really no reason to find it "offensive." As for naming body shapes after artists, I think it's a cool idea; I love art and it's a fun concept. However, unless you study a lot of art, no one would be able to identify these body shapes 100% correctly (and I mean a lot; I've taken tons of art classes and read about art all the time - including seeing paintings and works by these artists, of course - and I still don't think I would be able to). I know what a pear shape is because I know exactly what shape a pear is. Unless you tell me someone has a "Botecelli body," this won't work for me...
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Ugh what the frack is negative about the word "apple"? It is actually important to know what body shape you are, because it has a lot to do with medical issues. Out of two women with the same weight and height, the one with the apple shaped body is much more likely than the pear shaped one to have high blood pressure and heart disease for example.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 6 years
Jenkies Jenkies 6 years
I love the idea!
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