What Star Body Shape Are You?

Whether you're a petite hourglass or a full rectangle, get this celebrity designer's tips on how to love your body and to dress for your figure.

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June 23, 2010 10:15 AM
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Queen Latifah

Her Look: The rapper-turned-Oscar nominee is what Bayou describes as a "tall, full rectangle." Her form, with little waistline definition, can appear boxy, so he uses "soft fabrics and corsets." He also applies "design elements that release at her hip to give her some extra curves."
Your Look: Try wide V-necks or off-the-shoulder dresses. This, Bayou says, "elongates your shoulder line and when used in combination with a corset, will pull in your waist and make your torso appear smaller." Also, show off your favorite features. If you love your legs, a simple slit can do the trick.
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Anne Hathaway

Her Look: Also a rectangle, the actress has broad, pronounced shoulders and slightly curvy hips. "The more she accentuates her shoulders and hips, the smaller her waist will appear," Bayou says. "Because she's tall and slender, the proportional differences in her body are small, so she doesn't have to do much to create that balance."
Your Look: If your shape is similar to Anne's, Bayou assures you it's "very easy to dress" yourself. Always wear looks that pull in at your waist and release at your hip. A tuxedo jacket with a strong shoulder would work, as would an A-line skirt.

Dangerously Curvy

The Look: Marie Claire, our sister magazines, and Slim-Fast asked real women to weigh in on slimming down.* Their findings? 42% of readers consider themselves "dangerously curvy." This model plays up her feminine figure with a plunging neckline and slimming black sheath. 

Your Look: Choose a cut that plays up your best features: a mini if you love your legs, or spaghetti straps for gorgeous shoulders. But don't feel that you have to hide everythign else: a nipped waist can slim belly bulges better than an empire cut, or minimize "log legs" with a flippy A-line skirt and open-toed mules. 

*Source: 2012 Slim-Fast Custom Research; online study conducted by Gfk/MRI, among The Insiders and opt-in subscribers of Cosmpolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, and Redbook. 

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Eva Longoria

Her Look: The Desperate Housewives star has a "short, petite hourglass" figure. "When working with Eva, I always use long, lean lines to elongate her petite frame, making her seem taller," Bayou says. "It's also important to highlight her waist. Otherwise, her naturally balanced figure could get lost."
Your Look: To add height, Bayou recommends monochromatic looks that are simple in terms of design — like a pantsuit or a long, silver gown — to create instant length.
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Beyoncé Knowles

Her Look: The Grammy-winning singer has an "average medium triangle" body shape, with her hips being the primary visual element of her silhouette. "She can carry plunging necklines, so I dress her in a minidress with a very dramatic V-neck," Bayou says.
Your Look: If you're like Beyoncé, you have "a narrow waist and a small rib cage, which makes it easy to flatter your upper body and show off your slim midriff," he says. Also, try belted looks to emphasize your small waist.

Juicy Pear

The Look: Marie Claire, our sister magazines, and Slim-Fast asked real women to weigh in on slimming down - and found that 26% of readers consider their shape to be "juicy pear."* This model shows off her shape with fun pastel separates that hug her in all the right places.

Your Look: If you're pear-shaped, you already know abou wearing A-line skirts, boot cuts, and dark colors. But you can also rock patterns on your lower half: just make sure they're small. Want to do a pencil skirt? Look for one with a little flare at the knee to balance out your shape. 

*Source: 2012 Slim-Fast Custom Research; online study conducted by Gfk/MRI, among The Insiders and opt-in subscribers of Cosmpolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, and Redbook. 

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Taraji P. Henson

Her Look: The actress has an "average medium hourglass" body shape. "She's got curves in all the right places!" Bayou says. He opts to put her in formfitting designs that "accentuate her small waist" and have an "open top to show off her stunning collarbone and shapely arms."
Your Look: If you too have a great bustline, Bayou suggests wearing body-contouring items that show off your figure ... as well as some skin.