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Second Life Mesh Body Surveys

Second Life Mesh Body Surveys

My last two posts have revolved around mesh bodies: The Introduction to Mesh Bodies article and then the tutorial about the AutoHide feature in the Maitreya Mesh Body. I thought this would be a good time to pose a bunch of questions to you guys which have been on my mind. I’m sure you guys have already answered at least a few mesh body surveys, but I hope you decide to do these ones as well since I wanted to get a feel for how my readers feel about mesh bodies and what their shopping habits are.

I’ve done a few polls, shared below. They focus mainly on female human mesh bodies that are currently on the Second Life market. I will do a post for male bodies in the future when there are more on the market and I actually purchase one for my male alt.

Multiple selections are allowed and there is a spot to input your own answers. All answers provided will be anonymous.

I’ve left the results so they can be viewed publicly, except for anything that is typed in the ‘other’ fields. Hope you guys take a moment to participate! Thank you. <3

*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle
*Skin: –Glam Affair – Summer V3 – India by Aida Ewing
*eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Hazel by Ikon Innovia
*Hair: TRUTH HAIR Bronwyn by Truth Hawks
*Dress: .miss chelsea. Bardot Bodycon Dress Nude Maitreya by misschelseastore (@ FaMESHed) (SLurl)
*Necklace: MG – Necklace – Savannah Heart Key – Group 3 by Maxi Gossamer (@ Uber Rustic) (SLurl)
*Pose: Vestige Next Model 9 by Vestige Creations


Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

32 thoughts on “Second Life Mesh Body Surveys

  • I just have to say as a designer, that the mesh bodies are both a good and a bad thing. Now.. hear me out. Like.. I get tons of requests to work with the Maitreya body, and while I have applied for it, hear nothing back, then we get angry costumers saying “But so and so has maitreya fitted stuff” I mean, great for so and so.. but.. I don’t have access to event he feet when I want to try to do shoes for it, and I’ve applied to it. So it’s a huuuuuuge set back for designers. While I love the body, the constant complaints from costumers and the lack of ability for us to freely design to these bodies is a huge pain in the butt.

  • chericolette

    I um’d and ah’d over transferring to mesh body (some discussion with my sl partner too) and finally I made the step and never looked back. I got Maitreya Lara for various reasons (mostly because of your reviews Berry) but I have never gone back. I love it. And for a reason that never came up in the argument….her feet/shoes. I like how you dont have to adjust the height each time I change foot wear. Im learning about OMEGA clothes now and had one unfortunate ‘accident’ when I went naked at club…cause I removed ‘all layers’. I cant say enough about her curves when posing (especially her bum). She is beautiful.

  • Thanks for so nice post, Berry. And I have a huuuuge request for designers – please make fitmesh outfit which won’t make me hide body parts, pleeeeeease 😛 I want wear you amazing creations and don’t think about alpha layers on mesh body. Can it be real? 🙂

  • dq darwin

    I guess the main drawback I have had with mesh bodies is the alpha’s. Now fitted mesh should remove that problem, but all my previous non-fitted mesh is rendered useless because of alpha’s not matching hem lines etc.

    I normally only buy Full Permission clothing, so it has caused a cost based adjustment. But I’ll survive:)

    I would like to see Lara alpha’s double in number around hem lines for skirts (mini, maxi and normal) and dresses and arms and shoulders for top and dresses. Clothing right now has gone proprietary. Lara body = Lara made clothing right now.


  • I voted in the first and last questions, but answered ‘other’ in more detail for the second because my response – “I don’t own or wear a mesh body” – would have meant my agreeing with the statement that followed it – “bring back texture clothing!” – and I don’t agree with that statement at all.

    I don’t want everyone to go back to texture clothing (although I do still wear it at times; sometimes it’s the only thing I can get to tuck into boots etc) but that response as a whole suggests that those of us who don’t own or wear mesh bodies want a return to the ‘good old days’ of 2007, which of course we don’t.

    People who don’t wear mesh bodies are still (mostly) bang up-to-date with the latest mesh clothing. In my case, I love to play mashup fun with every single kind of clothing we’ve ever had, from texture layers to sculpts to mesh; it’s the equivalent of shopping on the vintage stalls in Camden Market or Greenwich and pulling together something eclectic and standout-quirky, as opposed to being catwalk-perfect all the time. It also allows me to dress from all of my 130k inventory, as opposed to limiting me to the mesh clothing that I can somehow get to fit me properly (should I have a mesh body) – but that response suggests we’re only backward-looking. It’s the only question response that’s loaded in that way.


  • Hey Sash, sorry to hear about the troubles you had with that! I know if you contact the Maitreya CSR, Gryphon Ronas, she’s very good about getting back to people and talking things out with them. Perhaps you can have a chat with her and sort it out. (Updated this with the correct name of the Maitreya CSR, my apologies.)

    Cheri, glad you are liking it. It’s one of my faves as well. Maitreya and SLink are the only ones I own and wear now.

    DQ and Lady, fitmesh without messing with alphas is always nice!

    Skell, you’re right! I didn’t think about that at all. I will update the poll now and change the wording so it doesn’t look like people that don’t have mesh bodies don’t prefer mesh clothing either. Sorry about that. Will update the wording now.

    Paypabak, to be completely honest, I have not tried the last three. I do have the Signature body but I prefer my Maitreya and stick with that. I probably will never try the last three because I am not familiar with the brands and when I am not familiar with brands I look for two things to grab my interest, attractive vendor pictures or imagery and glowing reviews from trusted bloggers. Since I haven’t really seen any of those, I am just not interested in trying them.

  • I have a survey for you: as a highly regarded SL blogger and fashion expert, do you feel compelled to try out the four other mesh bodies at the bottom of your first list? Essay answer is fine. 🙂

  • One wish for me would be an improvement of the HUD for Lara. The contrast is low on the words (grey on charcoal) and the font is so small that it is very hard for me to read. Also, I wish there was some kind of instructions out there showing what all the buttons, etc do.

    Also, some of the cuts on the HUD are not placed in a way that match up to my clothing. Gaps appear or sections of my body stick out, making it impossible to wear designs with asymmetrical or diagonal lines. It makes me wonder if the folks at Maitreya have any clue about clothing design.

    I think it would help if Maitreya or some other blogger would put up a tutorial on HUD use. I bought Omega appliers, but I am still lost as to how to use them correctly.

  • Mellyn Llewellyn

    I’m confused. I don’t see the surveys and questions referred to.

  • Mellyn, there are three polls embedded in the post. They may not be showing up perhaps because you have an ad blocker on your browser. If you can disable that for my site and then refresh, hopefully they should pop up.

  • I currently have The Mesh Project Deluxe body. I love it but my only problem is the alpha. I only wear mesh clothing but the alpha cuts off so much to wear it’s invisible on most parts. My only concern is that they update the alpha to where you can only cut off what you need not a entire area of the body.

  • I Love my Maitreya Body!
    My only compliant is alphas i don’t like to wear them.
    I would love more fit mesh options for the body as I find myself throwing out tons of clothing that is frustrating to try to wear.

  • I have a couple of mesh bodies, but like the Maitreya Lara. I don’t wear it all the time, but had little trouble sorting out the alphas…mostly. I do look good in it, I admit. *giggles*
    I LOVE that dress, and have it in summery-fresh LIME – oooh, yah!

  • I have a mesh body, but I rarely wear the thing. I might if I got nekkid, or did lingerie more often, but I don’t. I’ve been tempted to pick up a Maitreya Lara, but I’d have to go skin shopping for a new skin which is one of the most annoying things in SL because I’m skin picky.

    I don’t do mesh heads because I’ve grown accustomed to my face and my face is me.

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  • Firstly you look GREAT — not quite “you” but still super impressive LOL.

    Well we all knew that LARA had won the mesh body wars. I tried them all and never purchased until Lara (and you know I am a cheap gal).

    My surprise in your survey was the comment that most folks only by items made specifically for their avatar body (presumably Lara for many). They are really missing out.

    Most of the designers that I blog for and BAIASTICE in particular have designs that fit PER-FECT-LY (at least for me) so I suggest that folks broaden there horizons and try some demos of standard sizing stuff. Much of it works surprisingly well — and choices are a GOOD THING.

    That being said I realize that gals with “bazoxes” (a RL friend’s terms for big boobs) could have issues and that may likely be the reason behind the pole statistics. Those with B cup figures or so will likely find that there are MANY more choices out there than they suspect.

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  • I mostly picked other and wasn’t able to put my responses in so I’ll do it here.

    I’ve only tried Slink and Maitreya because they are the most popular and I’ve stayed away from The Mesh Project because I’ve heard mixed things about the bodies.

    I haven’t heard of the mesh bodies.

    I like the alpha cut options on the Lara body better than SLink’s system. However there are still issues with getting things to fit. I had the demo body on and tried on my favorite clothes and there were issues with the boobs showing through or issues with the thighs and shorts. Or issues of the back of a top.

    It has been suggested to change my shape or have multiple shapes to go with different things. Or just get rid of the clothes and get things that fit. But why should I toss out my favorite clothes because I can’t get them to fit a mesh body.

    And, honestly, most of the times I can’t tell who is wearing mesh body or not unless 1) their clothes haven’t rezzed in and so they are naked or 2) I click on them and see.

    If I look close at the calves that’s usually when I can tell but I don’t spend that much time with it.

    Maybe one day I’ll get a mesh body but right now I’m happy with my slink feet and hands.

  • Sometimes I forget how different the human part of SL and the furry part of SL can be. I know a few people who use omega appliers(and only because they made them themselves), but most do not. Instead, textures are made with specific mesh bodies in mind. I have quite a few of these bodies, actually. The Utilizator Kemono is probably the most popular, since its the most versatile and the creator has downloads of the body for avastar rigging and meshwork on their website. I also have the Tokushi Otter, the Blue Galaxy Solarian, the Viss Rabbit and the ONA Bifrost Bunny, just to name a few. Each of them have their own clothing specific to just that avatar and some of them fit default body mesh clothing as well. Of course, I’m only enticed to use those bodies if there happens to be a mod (skin) I like.
    Plus, people are just way more likely to see your tits when you’re wearing those mesh bodies. I can’t say how many times I’ve teleported into a store and the bodies have loaded but not the thin clothing layer. And then there’s another issue with those same “painted on” layers where you can sometimes see the nipple because there’s a glitch with the translucent hair layer overlapping the clothing.
    But, I mean, I’d love to try it. I just don’t have a compelling reason to right now.

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  • Stormm Firecaster

    Excellent post! I am totally hooked on my Maitreya body, but agree there needs to be more alpha combo’s everything is straight across and there are so many dresses and such that having alpha options that go up and down would be a huge help for.
    Also, off topic, I was wondering what eyelashes and liner are you wearing in the photo Berry? I am having a heck of a time finding soft, realistic lashes.

  • Hi Stormm. I’m wearing Glam Affair mesh eyeliner and Mon Cheri falsies – mesh eyelashes.

  • Stormm Firecaster

    Wow, you are super fast at responding. lol Thank you soooo much!! By the way the photo above, you look amazing, so realistic, I had to look twice. lol

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  • Aida Lundquist

    First: I love your blog!
    Second: You are beautiful always!
    Third: My first body was the WowMeh. It moved me into mesh bodies until it died. The second one was Belleza. I loved it so much but then Maitreya came and won! I love it so much. And now the Belleza triple is here LOL. Hard times for us I use the Freya now for Bellydancing. Beautiful curves and thanks to OMEGA I can wear a lot appliers for both Maitreya and Belleza.
    To avoid the Mesh clothes trouble I use the Carlyle Theas Wardrobe with an own copy of the HUD, body and shape for every outfit. That avoids to use the HUD for adjusting alphas and appliers all the time. It is a bit more work when buying new clothes but much less work to change clothes. And that’s what I do much more often! I hope the Firestorm Crew/Linden soon fixes the trouble we have with wearing clothes by RLV and losing attachments on TP.

    And last: Thank you for your very informative blog. I LOVE IT!

  • It’s been over a week since I started these polls. The reason I did them was to get an understanding as to which mesh bodies, if any, my readers preferred and what types of clothing they wish to wear with them. I will continue to blog things that I personally like to wear and use, but I know now what to focus on more. I appreciate you all taking the time to participate and sharing your thoughts, ideas and suggestions with me! I’m not going to end the polls, will leave them up, but won’t be further watching the results. Thank you again. <3

  • that dress isn’t at fameshed, the only miss chelsea item there is a bikini. Hmm !

  • Gabrielle

    I just bought my first mesh avi Evolution jack v. 3 the alph does not work, arms too thin and was a pain to set up. otherwise i am pleased.

  • Sue Chardin

    I have Maitreya Lara mesh body. I like it but I am not crazy about the nipples orangy color. Not puffy enough 🙂 I kept my classic head and when i do use Lara for some reason it modifies the face a bit

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