by Gena Kaufman
Getty ImagesAYI.com recently sent us over some survey results pertinent to curvy women and their chances of online dating success. It was sort of depressing (New York men practically never go for a curvy gal) and occasionally surprising (L.A. is in the top five cities for curvy women?!), but mostly, it got us thinking: Do you even need to label your body type according to some pre-set answer?
Here are a few of the various answers you might be provided by an online dating forum to describe yourself: slender, big and beautiful, athletic/fit, average, overweight, and the aforementioned curvy. But even if given a decent amount of choices, isn't this all kind of subjective anyway? People have pretty different ideas of what constitutes an attractive body type. Especially when it comes to themselves--I know plenty of women with what I consider enviable figures who would never describe themselves as slender because they are too busy thinking their thighs are huge. (They're not.) And there are plenty of women commonly described as "curvy" (think Sofia Vergara) that I guarantee even those very discriminating New York men wouldn't reject. Physical attraction matters, but it doesn't always fit within a mold.
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So maybe this is just a category we all need to agree to skip the words and just take a actual look at each other. Of course, I'm not saying try to fool people about your size or shape. You want a guy to find you attractive, whatever your body really looks like. I mean, maybe don't use the picture from the time you and all your college friends had a contest to see who could pose to make the most chins (um, is that just my friends?), but don't airbrush your abs into a six-pack either. Let potential suitors have an accurate look at you, but let's not rule people out based on some arbitrary categorization, mmkay?
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Related: Can someone please tell me what it even means when people choose "Used Up" as their body type on OkCupid? Cannot. Comprehend.
Do you feel like it's necessary to describe your body type with a fixed category? What other questions do you skip on your online dating profile?