On April 12th 2011, I wrote a post asking people to share their digits. I was feeling a little insecure about my shape and wanted to see how I measured up against others. I got a terrific response to that and I wanted to thank all those that participated.
Now, a year later, I’ve realized my shape has changed quite a bit. It is all because of mesh. The introduction of mesh on the grid has caused a lot of commotion about body shapes and how to deal with fitting into mesh clothing before the mesh deformer is out.
I thought the idea of Standard Sizing was a brilliant one. I know a lot of people have issues with the sizing, even I did not fit perfectly into any one particular size. But it still gave content creators some direction when creating sizing for their mesh clothing. For me, I noticed I would be in between a small and medium, depending on the creator. I didn’t like how some items looked on me in the medium size so I purposely shrunk myself down a bit in certain areas to fit into a small, or sometimes, an extra small.
Anyhow, I figured since I changed so much, it was time for me to share my updated numbers. This time I am also including the numbers that were used in standard sizing.
Here are my updated numbers:
Height – 66 (6’6″ using the Avatar Ruler)
Body Fat: 1
Head size – 58
Torso Muscle: 24
Breast Size: 30
Arm length – 75
Hand size – 20
Torso length – 55
Love Handles: 35
Belly Size: 8
Leg Muscle: 49
Leg length – 56
Hip width – 58
Butt Size: 25
Saddle Bags: 30
Foot size – 0
Please note: You DO NOT need to share all the numbers I have, just whatever you feel comfortable sharing. I don’t however recommend sharing facial numbers as that is what sets you apart and gives you a unique look.
I did not include my male shape numbers as I have pretty much retired him and his numbers remain the same as last year’s post, so I figured there was no point in posting him again. But, I would love to know how men are adapting to mesh and if they are willingly changing their shape to fit into standard sizing.
I know when I did this last year I upset a few people (especially some shapemakers) because they were concerned that people might be sharing numbers of shapes that they did not create on their own. Please keep in mind that I am not requesting anyone to share all or any of their numbers if they don’t want to. I am assuming everyone that shares whatever numbers they wish, have created the shapes themselves and/or have permission from the person that did. I’m not doing this to create drama, I am just looking to get into a discussion about mesh and how it has affected our behavior towards our avatar’s shape.
Like last year, I am going to keep the Digits Flickr Group open for those of you that would like to share your numbers again and also those that didn’t get a chance to last year and might want to join in.
Now I wanted to share a few links:
- Avatar Ruler – Last year I had used a different avatar height measuring tool, but I noticed that it disappeared from marketplace so I had recently updated my previous post with the new Avatar Ruler. I liked the concept of the avatar ruler and how it measures actual height using a proportionally scaled pole. You don’t have to use it in your post, but it’ll be great to see the height it shows for everyone. You’ll notice a drastic difference in numbers if you’ve used height measurement tools before. It’s free on marketplace!
- Vaki Zenovka’s Average Numbers – The lovely Vaki had taken all of last year’s numbers and found the average of each. You can find the average numbers for females and the average numbers for males on her blog.
- Average Shapes on Marketplace: Vaki has also very graciously created shapes using those numbers and made them available on marketplace for free, with full perms.
- How has the introduction of mesh affected your SL, if at all? Are you open to wearing mesh often or do you still shy away from it?
- Have you changed your shape to fit into mesh? If so, did you go bigger or smaller?
- Do you think the mesh deformer will resolve a lot of the issues people seem to have with mesh and will it encourage you to wear mesh more often, if you don’t already?
Finally, I got a few questions for you guys which you can answer in your posts or flickrs or wherever you decide to share you numbers, if you do:
I know a lot of you probably haven’t changed your shapes for mesh at all, so I’m assuming most of you still have the same numbers. I’m just looking to see how everyone is adapting to mesh. I am coming to the point where now the only thing I want to wear is mesh and I’m willing to change whatever I can to fit into it. Quite a scary thought for me as I was not as flexible about change last year.
Anyhow, I think I’ve rambled enough for now. Thank you for taking the time to read this and also if you decide to participate. <3
All of the Digits Challenges can be viewed in the Digits Challenges Category.
*Skin: PXL Faith Olive By Hart Larsson (not released yet)
*Hair: Discord Designs -dDx- Mackenzie (Brunette) by Kallisti Burns (MESH)
Lingerie: One Bad Pixel ::1bp:: Babytux Small Plum by Siddean Munro (MESH)
*Pose: Diesel Works by Rogan Diesel