PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

CURVY BUILD



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HELPFUL TIP:

Physical features should do more than simply describe how a character looks. Just like their occupation or area of giftedness, a character's appearance can say a great deal about them. Hinting at traits through clothing choices, alluding to an emotional state through movements, and highlighting certain details for comparison or contrast purposes can help readers form opinions on who the character really is.
DESCRIPTORS AND KEY ELEMENTS:
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SIMILE AND METAPHOR EXAMPLES:
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
  • Curvy women always seem to be beautiful and young. What’s wrong with a middle-aged or elderly woman having strong bosom-to-waist-to-hip proportions? Or give us a woman with a beautiful body but a plain face.
  • Why not make your nasty character have a curvy build? The contrast of outer beauty and inner ugliness may bring something new to the table.
  • Women with this body type are typically cast as sex symbols. Instead, think of a role that is as unsexy as can be: the creepy or nosy neighbor lady down the block; the curvy plumber or septic tank inspector; the hardass school principal or the boss everyone can’t stand. Heck, what about a curvy mother-in-law?

PEOPLE LIKELY TO HAVE THIS BUILD:
Celebrities
Lingerie models
Plus-size ladies

FAMOUS EXAMPLES:
Marilyn Monroe
Dolly Parton
Jennifer Lopez
Kim Kardashian
Pamela Anderson

OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS BODY TYPE:
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