Galleries of the 20 Body Types

1: The Eight Classic Types


THERE are 20 Body Types in this system based on ancient wisdom. Below are portrait pages of the eight classic or pure types. Each page contains multiple photos, sketches and paintings. Names of the famous are given, but not of others for reasons of privacy and respect.


The more examples you see, the more skilled you will become at recognizing a person’s type in your everyday life. Where visual identification proves tricky, go by personality, according to the descriptions given here. In movies, beware of actors departing from their type in the roles they play!


Keep clicking on these pages to develop and refine your Body Type recognition ability. They are periodically revised and updated