Kibbe Image ID Quiz with Pictures and Examples

Kibbe test with pictures and many examples for you to learn the difference between soft and sharp features

If you’re looking for Kibbe image identity quiz with pictures, or test, this means you’re aleady familiar with the Kibbe system to some extent. David Kibbe came up with this – let me just say genius – idea in the late 1980s and published his book “Metamorphosis” in 1987. The system developed by Kibbe still remains unique because it strives to go along with nature instead of trying to change it. 

Here’s what David Kibbe clearly states about the quiz on his official website:

The book was written over 30 years ago. It was written to be read as a whole…a journey.  The quiz in the book was simply one piece of the puzzle, and NOT meant to be taken out of the CONTEXT of everything that preceded it and followed it in the entire book. By itself, it was never designed to determine anything.  And no quiz can do this.

I fully agree with this statement. Very often people just want to be quickly ‘typed’ and get a magically quick solution to the painful question ‘what should I wear?’ So why did I make this post, even though I fully agree with Kibbe on the role of the quiz? I think that seeing examples can help people understand a bit more about what Yin and Yang features are! By taking the quiz, you’re not visiting a one-stop-shop for Kibbe, but just learning one piece that is a part of a larger system. Just try to keep this in mind and not rely very much on the quiz.

Let’s move on to the Kibbe test with examples and photos.

It’s important that you write your answers into several categories: Bone Structure, Flesh, Facial Bones & Features to make the intepretation of results easier.

It can be very helpful for you to take a picture of yourself in the mirror while holding your camera on the chest level, wearing clothes that reveals the lines of your body (like a swimsuit) – this is how you can see your features better.

Click on the images to open them in a new window – you’ll be able to see them in full resolution.

Bone Structure

1. How long is your vertical line? Vertical line is the feature that refers to elongated look. Tall people will have long or moderately long vertical line by default, but moderate and short people can have elongated, tall look. More about height in Kibbe’s system using Rihanna as an example. Think about the times when you told people your height – were they surprised at all? Did they admit they thought you were taller/shorter?

a. Long (People always think I’m taller than I really am)
b. Moderately Long (People sometimes guess I’m slightly taller, but not by very much)
c. Moderate (People usually guess my height correctly, or aren’t at all surprised by it)
d. Smallish (People usually guess I’m slightly smaller, and my curvy figure is more noticeable than my height)
e. Petite (It’s very obvious to everyone that I am small in stature)

There’s a common suggestion to evaluate the size of the head compared to the body in order to say how long the vertical line is. If a person looks petite/short, it doesn’t mean they have disproportionally large head! I find that recommendation silly, offensive, and confusing – people aren’t bobble heads. It may simply mean that other features of a person are more dominant and obvious, such as curves, width, etc. This question is very confusing for many, but you can find out how tall you look by asking someone’s honest opinion and/or relying on your actual height. For instance, Taylor Swift (a Kibbe Dramatic type) is reportedly 178cm or 5’10” looks tall (elongated) by default because of her height.

Vertical lines

2. The shape of my shoulders is best described as:
a. Narrow, sharp
b. Broad, blunt
c. Symmetrical, even
d. Sloped, but tapered
e. Sloped and rounded

To evaluate the shape of your shoulders, see the line of shoulder from the neck down. There are of course no visible geometric angles in our body, so the pictures below will help you see:


3. The length of my arms and legs are best described as:
a. Elongated, narrow
b. Elongated, broad
c. Moderate, in even proportion to my height and upper torso
d. Small, slightly shortish
e. Small, very short in proportion to my height and upper torso

Usually it’s pretty easy to determine the length of the legs – you can compare their length to the length of the upper body. Keep in mind that tall people (those who have long vertical line as their dominant feature) will have elongated limbs as well – it’s simple anatomy. At the same time, moderate and petite women can have elongated limbs. To determine whether arms have elongated look, take a look where they end compared to hips. Dramatic image identity celebrity Taylor Swift is very tall, so her limbs are also elongated – it makes her Yang-dominant. Sandra Bullock isn’t as narrow as Taylor – she’s still tall, but has wider bone structure, yet her limbs are also elongated. See how Hayden’s arms are shorter in comparison to her body than Taylor’s, for instance:

Length of arms and legs

4. The size and shape of my hands and feet are best described as:
a. Long and narrow
b. Large and broad
c. Moderate, neither long, broad, delicate nor small
d. Small, narrow, delicate
e. Small and slightly wide


The overall shape of my body is best described as:
a. Long, lean, sinewy
b. Broad, tending toward muscular
c. Symmetrical, evenly proportioned
d. Very shapely, a delicate hourglass
e. Very soft, lushly curved, a ripe hourglass

To answer this question, don’t think about your measurements. Audrey Hepburn’s waist-to-hips ratio was smaller than Marilyn Monroe’s, but Audrey looks lean and long, while Marilyn – a soft hourglass. Focus on the overall OUTLINE of your body.

My bustline/torso is best described as:
a. Flat, taut (I never seem to add flesh here, even when I’m overweight)
b. Wide, broad (I tend to add a little flesh here when overweight, but not much)
c. Moderate, in even proportion to my waist and hips
d. Shapely, curved, more prominent than my wasitline (my torso is slightly short and I add flesh here, when overweight)
e. Very prominent, lushly curved (whether I’m thin or heavy, I’m always “busty”)

Very important note here: don’t focus on breasts/breast size here only – it’s the overall shape of the bustline that needs to be evaluated, meaning the part of the body above the waist. It’s the ribcage and breasts. Take a look at Margot Robbie here: her breasts are on the small side, but her ribcage is rather wide compared to her hipline. Eliza Dushku has pretty much even proportioned bustline to hips and Samla Hayek’s bustline is very prominent compared to her thin waist and is equally lushly curved as her hipline.


My waistline is best described as:
a. Elongated, but boyishly tapered (this is true even when I’m overweight)
b. Elongated, but tends to be very straight (if thin) or thick (if overweight)
c. Moderate, slightly defined, but not overly cinched
d. Very small, in proportion to my bust and hips
e. Softly defined, but tends to be slightly wide


My hipline could best be described as:
a. Tapered, straight, and boyishly narrow (however, I do tend to thicken here when I’m overweight)
b. Straight, slightly tapered, and slightly wide (excess weight always seems to collect at my hips)
c. Moderate, in even proportion to my bust and wasitline
d. Shapely and rounded, more pronounced than my waistline
e. Extremely soft and rounded, whatever my weight

The flesh on my upper arms and thighs could best be described as:
a. Long, lithe, and sinewy
b. Elongated and tending toward muscular
c. Moderate, neither extremely soft nor extremely muscular or sinewy
d. Soft, slightly short
e. Very soft, slightly wide and fleshy

upper arms.jpg
Flesh on upper arms
UPPER ARMS+thighs.jpg
Flesh on upper arms and thighs

Facial Bones

The shape of my jawline is best described as:
a. Sharp, either very pointed, very prominent, or very square
b. Broad or blunt, slightly wide
c. Moderate, symmetrical, neither wide, sharp, nor rounded
d. Delicate, tapered, or slightly narrow
e. Rounded or softly wide

The shape of the jawline is one of the especially difficult features to find examples for because the camera distorts it A LOT. Here’s how to understand these shapes better:

a – the jawline has to be very prominent, angular, something you’d call a signature feature (e.g. you can’t imagine Reese Witherspoon with a chin of different shape – this is her very prominent and noticeable feature, her sharp feature (she’s a Soft Gamine btw)

b – the jawline is still prominent, but the edges aren’t sharp – they are rather blunt, but not rounded, it’s not so much sharply angular but rather broad, wider shape

c – this jawline is moderate, even, it’s neither prominent nor delicate, it’s somewhere in the middle

d – the delicate, narrow jawline isn’t angular or prominent like the A option, but rather delicate. The difference is in the size of features – A or B are always larger compared to D, but at the same time D jawline shape is gently sharp, which comes from delicateness of the bone structure

e – this jawline shape is difficult to mistake for any other because it’s rounded – you can’t see any prominent or obvious angles, the overall shape is rounded and soft. E answers stand for Romantic, so we know Romantics have delicate and rounded bone structure

The shape of my nose is best described as:
a. Sharp or prominent
b. Broad or blunt, but on the large side, possibly wide
c. Moderate, symmetrical, neither overly large nor overly rounded
d. Delicate, tapered, narrow
e. Rounded or softly wide

The shape of the nose is one of the especially difficult features to find examples for because the camera distorts it A LOT. To see it better, you can Google images of:
a. Tilda Swinton (on the picture below), Maggie Smith, Katharine Hepburn
b. Priyanka Chopra (on the picture below), Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz
c. Grace Kelly (on the picture below), Gena Rowlands, Phylicia Rashad
d. Dorothy Dandridge (on the picture below), Ann-Margret, Morgan Fairchild, Salma Hayek
e. Kate Winslet (on the picture below), Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor

The shape of my cheekbones is best described as:
a. High, prominent
b. Wide
c. Symmetrical, moderate
d. Delicate, narrow, slightly rounded
e. Rounded

Shape of the cheekbones

Facial Features

The shape of my eyes is best described as:
a. Narrow, straight, closely spaced, or almond-shaped
b. Narrow, straight, widely spaced
c. Evenly spaced, symmetrical, moderate size
d. Rounded, slightly close together, possibly slightly almond-shaped or up-turned
e. Very round and very large

Eye shapes

The shape of my lips is best described as:
a. Straight, narrow, sometimes described as “thin-lipped”
b. Straight, strong, slightly broad, but not full
c. Moderate, evenly shaped, neither straight nor overly full
d. Slightly full and rounded
e. Very full, very rounded, and very luscious


The flesh on my cheekbones could best be described as:
a. Taut and flat, even when overweight
b. Fairly taut, but I do tend to get a little “puffy” when I put on weight
c. Moderate, soft, but not puffy
d. Soft and fleshy, and may bet extremely full with excess weight
e. Very soft, very fleshy, very round, even when I’m at my thinnest

Flesh on the cheekbones

a. Extremely finely textured (silky-smooth), either straight or with a slight bend
b. Strongly textured (coarse, heavy, either thick and straight or wavy/curly)
c. Moderate texture, slightly wavy or with a bend
d. Moderately thick, with bend, wave, or curl
e. Extremely thick, with lots of wave or curl (with a soft surface)

About hair texture: I include this question here with examples because it’s in the original quiz in the book. However, this has to be question that you can ignore because there’s no way hair texture affects the image identity. Hair texture can be changed at will, it can change over the years, and it’s not something you should focus on at all while trying to evaluate your Yin-Yang balance.


And now let’s move on to Results and Interpretations!

More on Kibbe image IDs:

Why So Many Women Want To Be Theatrical Romantic (and Soft Dramatic) Image ID

What Is Vertical Line In Kibbe’s System? w/Examples +FAQ

Why Kibbe Image IDs AREN’T “Kibbe Body Types”

10 Myths about Kibbe that ruin it for you

Meaning of Yin and Yang in Kibbe theory

5 Reasons why you struggle to find your image identity in Kibbe’s system

Height in Kibbe: why Taylor Swift, Lily Cole, and Zendaya aren’t Gamine

Why Rihanna isn’t a Theatrical Romantic

What Kibbe gets right and the ‘fruit body types’ get wrong

How I actually use Kibbe’s system w/examples

How I got to know & love Kibbe’s Metamorphosis: My story (feat. ‘Soft Gamine syndrome’)

The philosophy in Kibbe’s system

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