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Model Behavior: How To Measure Your Bust, Hips and Waist

Knowing your measurements is key to becoming a model, but there are other good reasons to know how to measure your bust, hips and waist. Knowing your measurements will ensure that you not only purchase the write pant size, but it also means you can go out and buy the right bra for you, something that is not always easy.

Measuring your bust size:

  1. Stand straight in front of a mirror. Make sure you have good posture to ensure an accurate measurement. I recommend doing this either in your best fitting bra.
  2. Take the first end and put it in front of you. Wrap the tape measure behind your back, across your shoulder blades and under your arms. Make sure it sits at the fullest part of your bust.
  3. Bring the two ends together in the front and record your measurement.
  4. Now place the tape right under your bust where your bra band would sit. Record this measurement.
  5. To calculate, round up your bust measurement and subtract the brand measurement. For example: 36 in. bust – 34 in. band = 2 inch difference.
  • 1 inch = A cup
  • 2 inch = B Cup
  • 3 inch = C cup
  • 4 inch = D cup, and so on.

Now you have an accurate bra size.

Measuring hips & waist:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror in just your underwear. If your underwear is a little tight, causing a dent in your waist, you might have to take them off.
  2. Bend over or to the side and notice where your body naturally folds, this is your waist.
  3. Place the tape measure at your waist, but be sure to keep the tape parallel to the ground. Don’t suck in your stomach or you’ll end up with inaccurate measurements.
  4. Check the mirror or looks down very carefully for the measurement and write it down.
  5. Now wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt. Bring the ends together and carefully look down to record the measurement.

Easy right? Now you take your own measurements with ease!