Example of Kibbe's test: As typed in by the heroic Monty
My vertical line is (not your height; we're looking for how tall you appear to be):
a. Long (People always think I'm taller than I really am.)
b. Moderately Long (People sometimes guess I'm slightly taller, but not by very much.)
c. Moderate (People usually guess my height correctly, or aren't at all surprised by it)
d. Smallish (People usually guess I'm slightly smaller, and my curvy figure is more noticeable than my height.)
e. Petite (It's very obvious to everyone that I am small in stature.)
The shape of my shoulders is best described as:
a. Narrow, sharp
b. Broad, blunt
c. Symmetrical, even
d. Sloped, but tapered
e. Sloped and rounded
The length of my arms and legs are best described as:
a. Elongated, narrow
b. Elongated, broad
c. Moderate, in even proportion to my height and upper torso
d. Small, slightly shortish
e. Small, very short in proportion to my height and upper torso
The size and shape of my hands and fee are best described as:
a. Long and narrow
b. Large and broad
c. Moderate, neither long, broad, delicate nor small
d. Small, narrow, delicate
e. Small and slight wide
Body Type (Flesh)
The overall shape of my body is best described as:
a. Long, lean, sinewy
b. Broad, tending toward muscular
c. Symmetrical, evenly proportioned
d. Very shapely, a delicate hourglass
e. Very soft, lushly curved, a ripe hourglass
My bustline/torso is best described as:
a. Flat, taut (I never seem to add flesh here, even when I'm overweight.)
b. Wide, broad (I tend to add a little flesh here when overweight, but not much
c. Moderate, in even proportion to my waist and hips
d. Shapely, curved, more prominent than my wasitline (My torso is slightly short and I add flesh here, when overweight.)
e. Very prominent, lushly curved (Whether I'm thin or heavy, I'm always "busty.")
My waistline is best described as:
a. Elongated, but boyishly tapered (This is true even when I'm overweight.)
b. Elongated, but tends to be very straight (if thin) or thick (if overweight)
c. Moderate, slightly defined, but not overly cinched
d. Very small, in proportion to my bust and hips
e. Softly defined, but tends to be slightly wide
My hipline could best be described as:
a. Tapered, straight, and boyishly narrow (However, I do tend to thicken here when I'm overweight.)
b. Straight, slightly tapered, and slightly wide (Excess weight always seems to collect at my hips.)
c. Moderate, in even proportion to my bust and wasitline
d. Shapely and rounded, more pronounced than my waistline
e. Extremely soft and rounded, whatever my weight
The flesh on my upper arms and thighs could best be described as:
a. Long, lithe, and sinewy
b. Elongated and tending toward muscular
c. Moderate, neither extremely soft nor extremely muscular or sinewy
d. Soft, slightly short
e. Very soft, slightly wide and fleshy
The shape of my jawline is best described as:
a. Sharp, either very pointed, very prominent, or very square
b. Broad or blunt, slightly wide
c. Moderate, symmetrical, neither wide, sharp, nor rounded
d. Delicate, tapered, or slightly narrow
e. Rounded or softly wide
The shape of my nose is best described as:
a. Sharp or prominent
b. Broad or blunt, but on the large side, possibly wide
c. Moderate, symmetrical, netiher overly large nor overly rounded
d. Delicate, tapered, narrow
e. Rounded or softly wide
The shape of my cheekbones is best described as:
a. High, prominent
c. Symmetrical, moderate
d. Delicate, narrow, slightly rounded
The shape of my eyes is best described as:
a. Narrow, straight, closely spaced, or almond-shaped
b. Narrow, straight, widely spaced
c. Evenly spaced, symmetrical, moderate size
d. Rounded, slightly close together, possibly slightly almond-shaped or up-turned
e. Very round and very large
The shape of my lips is best described as:
a. Straight, narrow, sometimes described as "thin-lipped."
b. Straight, strong, slightly broad, but not full
c. Moderate, evenly shaped, neither straight nor overly full
d. Slightly full and rounded
e. Very full, very rounded, and very luscious
The flesh on my cheekbones could best be described as:
a. Taut and flat, even when overweight
b. Fairly taut, but I do tend to get a little "puffy" when I put on weight
c. Moderate, soft, but not puffy
d. Soft and fleshy, and may bet extremely full with excess weight
e. Very soft, very fleshy, very round, even when I'm at my thinnest
a. Extremely finely textured (silky-smooth), either straight or with a slight bend
b. Strongly textured (coarse, heavy, either thick and straight or wavy/curly
c. Moderate texture, slightly wavy or with a bend
d. Moderately thick, with bend, wave, or curl
e. Extremely thick, with lots of wave or curl (with a soft surface)
How to interpret your results:
Dominate answers in column A:
Extreme, sharp Yang - Dramatic
Dominate answers in column E:
Extreme, soft Yin - Romantic
Dominate answers in column C:
Balanced between the extremes - Classic
Dominate answers in column B:
Soft Yang - Natural
If answers are an even mixture of the extreme opposites of column A and column E:
Combination of opposites - Gamine
If answers are dominant column A, with several answers in column E as a strong secondary force:
Bold Yang with a pronounced Yin undercurrent - Soft Dramatic
Note: To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be Yang-dominant while your body type (flesh) and/or your facial features should be primarily Yin.
If your answers are dominant column E and/or column D, with several answers in column A as a secondary force:
Soft Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent - Theatrical Romantic
Note: To qualify for this theme, your body type (flesh) and your facial features should be Yin-dominant while your bone structure should be slightly Yang-influenced.
If your answers are dominant column C, with several other answers in columns A and/or B:
Balanced, with a Yang influence - Dramatic Classic
Note: To qualify for this theme, your body type (flesh) and features should be primarily balanced between the extremes of Yin and Yang while your bone structure should be more Yang-influenced.
If your answers are dominant column C, with several answers in columns D and or E:
Balanced, with a Yin influence - Soft Classic
Note: To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be primarily balanced between the extremes of Yin and Yang while your body type and facial features should be more Yin-influenced.
If your answers are dominant column B, with several answers from column A:
Strong Yang with blunt edges - Flamboyant Natural
Note: To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be extremely Yang-dominant while your body type (flesh) and facial features will be moderately Yang-dominant.
If your answers are dominant column B, with several answers from columns D and/or E:
Soft Yang, with a Yin undercurrent - Soft Natural
Note: To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be moderately Yang-dominant while your body type and facial features will be Yin-influenced.
If your answers have nearly an equal mixture of opposite extremes from columns A and E, while you also have several answers in column B: Combination of opposites, extra Yang - Flamboyant Gamine
Note: To qualify for this theme, your bone structure and body type (flesh) should be Yang-dominate while your features and stature are Yin-dominate. Your facial bones will be from the strong, Yang side.
If your answers have nearly an equal mixture of opposite extremes from columns A and E, yet you also have several extra answers in column D:
Combination of opposites, extra Yin - Soft Gamine
Note: To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be Yang- dominate while your body type (flesh) should be Yin-dominant. Your facial features should be extremely Yin-dominant.
|In determining your Yin/Yang balance and resulting Image Identity theme that balance defines you as, don't worry if your readings don't exactly match the profiles given here. The point is one of overall balance on the scale, meaning that there may indeed be slight alterations here or there in your physical makeup. Strive, instead, to define which of the themes you most closely resemble, and use this as your guideline. Don't, however, define youself as a mixture of themes. The themes don't mix.|
Here's how the Yin/Yang scale works:
The extreme Yang edge of the Yin/Yang scale is the Dramatic (extreme, sharp Yang), characterized by a straight body type; extremely sharp bone structure; and very straight, narrow, facial features (small eyes, narrow lips, sharp nose and jawline, and prominent cheekbones with taut flesh).
The extreme Yin edge of the Yin/Yang scale is the Romantic (extreme, soft Yin), characterized by a very soft and curvy body type, with a more rounded bone structure (which tends to be slightly wide or full) and very rounded. Lush facial features (large eyes; luscious lips; a soft, slightly full nose and jawline; and fleshy cheeks.
The pure balance between the Yin and Yang extremes is the Classic, characterized by a symmetrical body type, with a tapered, even bone structure (neither overly sharp nor overly full), and very regular evenly spaced, facial features (symmetrical eyes, straight lips, a finely chiseled nose and jawline--but not sharply--and moderate cheekbones.)
The more moderate Yang side of the Yin/Yang scale, falling between the extreme, sharp Yang of the Dramatic and the balance of the Classic, is the Natural, characterized by straight and slightly muscular body type; and angular, but slightly broad bone structure; and angular, slightly wide facial features that tend to be blunt-edged (wide-spaced eyes; strong, straight lips; a blunt or slightly wide nose and jawline; and moderately
angular cheekbones that then toward width.)
The final major spot on the Yin/Yang scale is the combination of opposites that represents the Gamine. Yin in size (petite), Yin in facial features (full and rounded), but Yang in body type (straight and narrow) and in bone structure (sharp and narrow). The Gamine is equal parts Yin and Yang, always maintaining a natural contradiciton that is the basis for her physical makeup.
Since most people have inherited a mixture of different elements, the scale can be further broken down as follows:
I. Dramatic--extreme, sharp Yang (As described above.)
sub-division: Soft Dramatic--extreme bold Yang with a pronounced Yin undercurrent. This is a Dramatic who borrows an undercurrent from the Romantic.
Strong, straight bone structure; body type tends toward softness and fleshiness; facial bones very prominent and exotic; facial features very large, very full, and very lush.
II. Romantic--extreme, soft Yin (As described above.)
sub-division: Theatrical Romantic--extreme soft Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent. This is a Romantic who borrows a slight undercurrent from the Dramatic.
Very curvy body type, with an hourglass figure; slightly angular bone structure (small, delicate, and slightly sharp); facial features are round, full and lush; facial bones are delicate, narrow and slightly sharp.
III. Classic--balanced between the extremes of Yin and Yang (As described above.)
sub-division: a. Dramatic Classic--balanced, with a Yang influence. This is a Classic with a slight undercurrent of Dramatic.
Symmetrical, slightly angular bone structure; body type tends toward either a slightly elongated line (narrow) or a slightly squarish line (particularly when overweight); facial bones are angular (may be slightly sharp and narrow or rather squarish and wide) but very chiseled; facial features tend to be symmetrical but strong.
b. Soft Classic: balanced, with a Yin influence. This is a Classic with a slight undercurrent of Romantic.
Symmetrical, slightly soft body type (tends to more roundedness when overweight); symmetrical, slightly round or delicately wide bone structure; facial bones are slightly wide and soft-edged (not sharp); facial features are very full and rounded but symmetrical.
IV. Natural--soft Yang (As described above.)
a. Flamboyant Natural--strong Yang with blunt edges (not sharp)
Strong, straight bone structure that is elongated, wide, or broad; body type tends to muscular width or sinewy length; facial bones are strong and prominent but widely blunt or asymmetrical (not narrow and sharp); facial features are strong but narrow (not round and lush).
This is a Natural who borrows a strong undercurrent from the Dramatic.
b. Soft Nautral--soft Yang with a pronounced Yin undercurrent. This is a Natural who borrows an undercurrent from the Romantic.
Soft body type that tends toward fleshiness and curve, particularly in the upper arm/thigh and hip area (may become extremely soft when overweight); softly angular bone struicture that tends towards soft width or a slight elongation; facial bones are very full, very soft, and somewhat rounded.
V. Gamine--combination of opposites, Yin in size (petite) and facial features (full and rounded), Yang in body type (straight and narrow) and bone structure (sharp and narrow).
a. Flamboyant Gamine--combination of opposites, extra Yang. This is a Gamine who borrows an undercurrent from the Dramatic.
Petite in stature; strong, straight bone structure, tending to slight broadness; slightly muscular or sinewy body type; slightly strong facial bones, tending toward bluntness or squarish shapes; full and rounded facial features.
b. Soft Gamine--combination of opposites, extra Yin. This is a Gamine who borrows a pronounced undercurrent from the Romantic.
Petite in stature; body type tends to be rounded and soft, with curvy figure, especially through the hip area; bone structure is very delicate, may be very slightly wide; facial features are very rounded, very soft, and very full; facial bones tend to be very delicate, possibly rounded and slightly wide.
Representative Clothing Styles and appearance elements:
Line, silhouette, and shape:
Yin: Cuved Lines. Graceful, flowing, silhouettes. Hourglass outlines. Fitted waists. Rounded shapes. Swirls, curves, circles.
Yang: Strong vertical lines. Stiff, smooth silhouettes. Elongated outlines. Sharp edges. Geometric shapes. Rectangles, triangles, etc.
Yin: Lightweight fabrics that drape easily. Shiny fabrics. Plush fabrics. Sheer or soft fabrics. Challis, crepe, jersey, voile, batiste, suede, velvet, chiffon.
Yang: Heavy fabrics that hold a defined shape. Matte finishes. Hard metallics. Twill. Gabardine. Raw silk tweed. Oriental silk. Faille. Brocade. Leather.
Yin: Ornate and intricate. Soft, draped necklines. Ruffles. Shoulder-tucks. Shirring. Gathers. Short, shaped jackets. Peplums. Flounces. Full, swirled skirts. Tapered tulip skirts. Sarongs. Trumpet hems.
Yang: Sharp, crisp, and tailored detail. Square shoulders. Sharp lapels. Asymmetrical closures or outlines. Piping. Pocket plackets. Epaulets. Sharp pleats. Long, straight skirts. Long jackets. Crisp cuffs. Geometic and tailored necklines.
Yin: Swirls of color. Abstract florals. Ornate patterns. Watercolor blended (Think Monet)
Yang: Sharp geometrics. Asymmetrics. Stripes. Zigzags. Avant-garde. High color contrst. (Think Picasso)
Yin: Strappy and ornate. High, delicate heels. Thin soles. Open toe or bare. Delicate instep. Delicate leather.
Yang: Tailored and angular. High, straight heels. Angular arch. Defined sole. Sharp or asymmetric shape and detail. Closed toe.
Yin: Small and rounded. Delicate and supple leather or fabric. Ornate trim. Gathers. Bejewling. Beading. Delicate shoulder straps.
Yang: Tailored and crisp. Geometric shapes. Envelopes. Clutches. Box shaped. Framed bags.
Yin: Ornate. Intricate workmanship. Glitter and sparkle. Colored jewels. Swirls, circles, clusters, and dangles. Delicate bracelets. Dangly earrings.
Yang: Geometric. Sharp. Crisp. Avant-garde. Angular shapes. Heavy or chunky costume jewelry. Hard finished metal. Wristcuffs. Crisp earrings. Sculpture.
Soft and set. Framing the face. Ornate, stylized. Cascading curls. Wispy outline.
Yang: Sleek and sculpted. Angular cuts. Asymmetric detail. Clean, geometric outline.
Yin: Elaborate and colorful. Watercolor-blended. Sparkly eyes. Rosy cheeks. Glossy lips. Rounded contours. Facial features are emphasized (eyes, lips, cheeks). Soft, "pretty" colors.
Yang: Angular and sculpted. Heavy contouring. Geometrically blended. Exotic eyes (almond). Deep, matte lips. Sculpted cheekbones. Bone structure is emphasized. Smoky matte colors.
Yin: Soft and luxurious. Subtle highlights. Rich and luscious shades (honey, strawberry, chestnut, etc.)
Yang: Distinct and vivid. Dramatic streaks. Strong and vibrant shades (flaxen, copper, platinum, jet, etc.)
Note: Kibbe organizes the balance of the above in his Identitites as you can tell by the various descriptions (GUIDELINES!) and details he suggests for each category. The Yang suggestions and the Yin suggestions are different for each individual category.
There are sharp Yang touches and softened Yang touches depending on facial and body structure. The same with the Yin touches. Some Yin items can be really romantic or theatrically romantic, and others more controlled and suggestive.
Kibbe's Celebrity Examples
Note: This is not based on you must look like anyone of the examples. Each person listed shares a balance of Yang and Yin as described by Kibbe in his book. I know I am a Soft Classic and do not look like anyone listed. My parents used to watch Catherine Oxenberg in a tv series many years ago and told me that she reminded them of me. I look nothing like her, but apparently they saw some type of kinship and she is listed under the Soft Classic identity.
Also, I want to point out that no one should pigeonhole themselves as we are all unique. The parameters Kibbe outlines can and should be tweaked to fit individual likes and body shape requirements. An example would be a Flamboyant Natural who is not especially outgoing or works in a more conservative enviornment. Instead of going with the more flamboyant aspect of the identity, they can choose to dress in a monochromatic scheme with one major color that is accented by a bright shade and add their version of a conservative piece of jewelry which could be a thick and chunky metal or gem in an irregular or soft-edged geometric shape.
I have a very casual lifestyle now and don't push my Soft Classic jewelry or accessories into the slightly antique approach (more romantic touch) unless I am dressed up. On a daily basis I keep my jewelry and accessories cleanly curved but with some interest.
Anyway, here are the examples Kibbe lists:
DRAMATIC (Extreme Sharp Yang)
Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, Rosalind Russell, Lena Horne, Alexis Smith, Katharine Hepburn, Maggie Smith, Faye Dunaway, Kathleen Turner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Barbara Carrera
SOFT DRAMATIC (Bold Yang w/Pronounced Yin Undercurrent)
Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Maria Callas, Raqel Welch, Ava Gardner, Barbra Streisand, Diahann Carrol, Marlene Dietrick, Connie Selleca
ROMANTIC (Extreme Soft Yin)
Marilyn Monroe, Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Simmons, Emma Samms, Arlene Dahl, Madonna, Bernadette Peters, Susan Sradon, Dolly Pardon, Gina Lollobrigida
THEATRICAL ROMANTIC (Soft Yin w/Slight Yang Undercurrent)
Vivien Leigh, Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Jean Harlow, Jane Seymour, Joan Collins, Donna Mills, Ann-Margaret, Jaclyn Smith
Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve, Lee Remick, Diane Sawyer, Cybill Shepherd, Ginger Rogers, Isabelle Hupert
DRAMATIC CLASSIC (Balanced w/Yang Influence)
Jacqueline Onassis, Polly Bergen, Suzanne Pleshette, Linda Gray, Jane Wyman, Maria Shriver, Tracy Scoggins, Katherine Ross, Gena Rowlands, Phylicia Rashad
SOFT CLASSIC (Balanced w/Yin Influence)
Olivia de Haviland, Merle Oberon, Joan Fontaine, Norma Shearer, Barbara Walters, Blythe Danner, Meredith Baxter Birney, Catherine Oxenberg, Carolina Herrera, Meryl Streep
NATURAL (Soft Yang)
Ingrid Bergman, Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett, Karen Allen, Christie Brinkley, Ally Sheedy, Ali McGraw, Chris Evert Lloyd
FLAMBOYANT NATURAL (Soft Yang w/Blunt Edges)
Shirley McLaine, Lynn Redgrave, Colleen Dewhurst, Eve Arden, Carly Simon, Lucie Arnaz, Linda Evans, Princess Diana, Farrah Fawcett
SOFT NAUTRAL (Soft Yang w/Yin Undercurrent)
Natalie Wood, Carole Lombard, Goldie Hawn, Judy Collins, Sissy Spacek, Molly Ringwald, Terri Garr, Stephanie Powers, Liv Ullman, Kelly McGillis
GAMINE (Combination of Opposites)
Leslie Caron, Mia Farrow, Edith Piaf, Coco Chanel, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean Seberg, Paulette Goddard, Rosana Arquette, Pat Benatar, Heather Locklear
FLAMBOYANT GAMINE (Combination of Opposites, Extra Yang)
Lisa Minnelli, Julie Harris, Natassia Kinski, Debbie Allen, Debra Winger, Tina Turner, Twiggy, Bonnie Franklin, Patti LuPone, Shari Belafonte
SOFT GAMINE (Combination of Opposites, Extra Yin)
Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, Judy Garland, Clara Bow, Susan Hayward, Debbie Reynolds, Betty White, Mary Martin, Victoria Principal, Linda Ronstadt
If you're having trouble deciding between two Kibbe categories, these comparisons may help (originally posted by Monty)
Soft Dramatic vs. Theatrical Romantic:
Soft Dramatic is taller. Larger boned. Yang is dominant; Yin is secondary. Body type is larger, but curvy.
Theatrical Romantic is smaller. Sharper boned. Yin is dominant; Yang is secondary. Body type is trimmer, but still curvy.
Soft Gamine vs. Romantic:
Soft Gamine is smaller. More delicate boned. Slightly angular shoulders and jawline. slightly square hands and feet (but still small and delicae). Body type if very curvy, but trimmer and more taut.
Romantic is larger. Wider bones. Wider body. Curved shoulders and jawline. Fleshy hands and feet. Body type is soft and lush (very curvyL).
Classic vs. Natural:
Classic is more symmetrical. Narrow boned. Evenly spaced facial features. Chiseled facial structures.
Natural is more muscular. Broader boned. More irregular facial features. Broader facial stuctures.
Dramatic vs. Gamine:
Dramatic is taller. Longer body lines. Longer limbs. Narrow eyes. Straight lips.
Gamine is more petite. More delicate boned (but still sharp and angular). Large eyes. Moderage to full lips.
Flamboyant Natural vs. Flamboyant Gamine:
Flamboyant Natural is taller. Broader bone structure. Longer bone structure. Broader facial structure. Body type is larger (often quite muscular).
Flamboyant Gamine is smaller. Less vertical line to the body. Bone structure is long and broad in comparison to height (which is more petite). Body type is more compact.
Soft Classic vs. Soft Natural:
Soft Classic is more symmetrical bone structure. Narrow bones. Body type is slightly softer, tending to fleshiness.
Soft Natural is more angular bone structure (but still slightly delicate). Wider bones. Body type is slightly more muscular but still soft.
Dramatic Classic vs. Classic:
Dramatic Classic has more angular bone structure. Shoulders, jawline, hands and feet are squarer. Facial structure is more angular.
Classic has more symmetrical bone structure. Shoulders, jawline, hands, and feet are narrower. Facial structure is more symmetrical.
Soft Gamine vs. Theatrical Romantic:
Soft Gamine body type has more pronounced curves. Hands and feet are fleshier. Bone structure is slightly wider. Eyes are big and round, lips are very full, and cheeks are "apple-shaped."
Theatrical Romantic body type has smaller, narrow curvers. Hands and feet are narrower, more "birdlike." Bone structure is narrower. Eyes are round but slanted at the edge. Lips are round but less full. Cheekbones are more pronounced.