How to pose for a photo with different body types

Nature has endowed us with a different appearance with its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Of course, we all know the nuances of our figures and have long mastered how to correctly correct flaws with the help of clothes.

But when it comes to photo shoots, we often get lost, not knowing which angle will be the most advantageous. Explore the features of posing for different types of figures along with the most photogenic stars!



Happy owners of a feminine “hourglass” can boast of ideal proportions: approximately the same volume of the chest and hips with a clearly visible waist.

Star Representatives: Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Kelly Brook, Salma Hayek, Monica Bellucci, Amber Heard, Halle Berry, Dita Von Teese, Iskra Lawrence.


It would seem that if you have an “hourglass” you don’t have to worry about how you will turn out in the photo, but the wrong posture can ruin even the most ideal figure.

It is not recommended to put your feet in one line and keep your arms down at your side. Show your strengths by lifting one hip and placing your hands on your waist or hips.

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Representatives of the “column” or “rectangle” type are characterized by the same volume of the chest and hips, but a weak waist, without noticeable curves. By the way, this is the type of physique that most models have.

Star Representatives: Keira Knightley, Eva Longoria, Milla Jovovich, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss, Kate Upton, Britney Spears.


We learn to create seductive curves together with the veterans of the podium: we take one leg back a little, put the other forward, coquettishly raise the hip and be sure to focus on the waist with our hand. Another option is to stand in profile, move your hip towards the camera and “shoot” with your eyes from behind.

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Representatives of this type have pronounced, well-defined hips, but with rather appetizing forms they are distinguished by slender arms and ankles, as well as a noticeable waist.

Star Representatives: Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ashley Graham, Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Love Hewitt.


Representatives of the “pear” type are not recommended to put their legs straight and in one line, so as not to add massiveness to the silhouette. Put one leg forward and move the lower part of the body back – this way you emphasize the thin waist and feminine curves, and at the same time, visually reduce the hips a little. However, today outstanding forms are in trend, so it’s up to you to focus on them or not.

How to pose for a photo with different types of figures: learning from examples of stars


The build of the “pin” is somewhat reminiscent of the classic “pear”, but differs in less pronounced proportions: with not very large breasts, excess weight is deposited mainly on the hips and arms. As a rule, such girls are distinguished by their miniature stature and very soft lines of the shoulders and hips, without abrupt transitions.

Star Representatives: Alicia Keys, Chloe Grace Moretz, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Wilde, Mischa Barton, Nelly Furtado.


Despite the fact that plump arms and hips are a problem area for this type, it is very easy to disguise this nuance. Do not press your hands to your body, but place them on your waist and take your elbows back – the farther a part of the body is from the camera, the slimmer it looks. Get up a little half-turn or bend a little in the lower back, and you will lose one size or two in a second.

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Inverted triangle

Inverted triangle girls are characterized by broad shoulders, narrow, tucked hips and a weak waist. In this case, excess weight is deposited in the chest area, and the silhouette begins to acquire massiveness and athleticism.

Star Representatives: Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Charlene Lynette Wittstock, Gwendoline Christie, Candice Swanepoel.


Avoid posing from the front, prefer a playful look from behind or a slight twist of the body. Cross your legs, slightly turning one hip towards the camera – this will create a deflection at the waist. And try not to keep your shoulders at the same level, so as not to focus on their width – lift one shoulder or straighten your hair with your hand when posing.

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Owners of the “apple” type do not differ in pronounced curves and have a small tummy, which becomes more noticeable with weight gain. At the same time, arms and legs practically do not gain weight.

Star Representatives: Tess Holliday, Amy Schumer, Kelly Clarkson, Rebel Wilson, Gaburi Sidibe, Lizzo.

Tess Halliday
Photo @tessholliday

You can create the illusion of correct proportions by standing half-turned and bending the leg so that it is approximately in line with the other leg. In this case, it is recommended to lower your hands to the waist or cross over your chest. If you have an event or a studio photo session, then it would be useful to have such an accessory as a clutch, with which you can easily cover your protruding tummy. By the way, this is one of the favorite tricks of the plus-size model Tess Holiday.

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Photo @tessholliday

Do you have any posing secrets that make your figure perfect in the photo?

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