Kibbe Image Identity Test With Examples And Pictures: Results & Interpretation

Full explanation and interpretation of Kibbe body type test results

Results to the Kibbe body type test with pictures and examples

First off, let’s clarify a few things so that you’ll feel more confident interpreting the results of the Kibbe body type test.

  • The word ‘flamboyant‘ is merely a descriptor in Kibbe body type system. It doesn’t mean that a person is flamboyant, but is used to indicate extra sharpness as opposed to softness.
  • If you find that your results kind of fall in between categories, David Kibbe suggests to choose the closest one. The categories don’t mix.
  • A human body isn’t a sum of specific features. It’s rather a combination of many different features that can’t be put in a box. Don’t consider Kibbe body type test as a mathematic formula, but rather as a guideline for evaluation Yang/Yin balance
  • If you are very tall, there’s a solid chance that you’ll end up in FN, D, or SD categories. E.g. a 5’10” Taylor Swift is a Dramatic (you probably noticed how much A options she embodies – extreme sharpness) and can’t be any Gamine. If you are moderate or short height, you can fall into any category.
  • Read the descriptions of each type and the features needed to qualify for it.

Now onto results:

Majority of your answers are A’s. You are probably Dramatic. Think Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn. Dramatics usually have long vertical line and sharp features.

Majority of your answers are E’s. You are probably Romantic. This an opposite type to Dramatic and embodiment of extreme softness and roundness – Yin features.

Most of your answers are A’s, with E’s being the second most frequent answer. You are possibly Soft Dramatic – bold Yang with a strong Yin undercurrent. To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be Yang-dominant while your body type (flesh) and/or your facial features should be primarily Yin. 

Dominant column E and/or column D, with several answers in column A as a secondary force. Soft Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent creates Theatrical Romantic. To qualify for this theme, your body type (flesh) and your facial features should be Yin-dominant while your bone structure should be slightly Yang-influenced. 

Majority are C’s with several answers A and/or B. You are probably Dramatic Classic. To qualify for this theme, your body type (flesh) and features should be primarily balanced between the extremes of Yin and Yang while your bone structure should be more Yang-influenced. 

Majority are C’s with several answers D and/or E. You are probably Soft Classic. To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be primarily balanced between the extremes of Yin and Yang while your body type and facial features should be more Yin-influenced. 

Most are B’s with several A’s. You are probably Flamboyant Natural. To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be extremely Yang-dominant while your body type (flesh) and facial features will be moderately Yang-dominant. 

Most are B’s with several D and/or E answers. You probably belong to the Soft Natural type. To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be moderately Yang-dominant while your body type and facial features will be Yin-influenced.

You got nearly same amounts of A’s and E’s, with several B’s. Gamine with extra Yang creates Flamboyant Gamine. To qualify for this theme, your bone structure and body type (flesh) should be Yang-dominate while your features and stature are Yin-dominate. Your facial bones will be from the strong, Yang side.

You got nearly same amounts of A’s and E’s, with several D’s. Combination of opposites with extra Yin creates Soft Gamine. To qualify for this theme, your bone structure should be Yang- dominate while your body type (flesh) should be Yin-dominant. Your facial features should be extremely Yin-dominant. 

The methodology belongs to David Kibbe and I present it as it was written in his book ‘Metamorphosis’ (1987). My intention is only to show that, despite the test being outdated, it’s possible to learn a bit more about Yin and Yang balance from it.

IMPORTANT! You’ve probably noticed that there are no Gamine (equal amounts of A and E answers), Natural (most answers B), and Classic (most answers C) body type result options. The reason for this is because David Kibbe removed these categories from the system. It makes A LOT of sense actually: in practice these types basically don’t exist and there’s always some features that tip the balance onto sharpness or softness. For instance, if you look at Grace Kelly (previously she was categorized as Classic), her features are a bit more on the soft side. Removal of these 3 categories also removes more or less strict category types (e.g. 50:50 for Gamines, which is hard to qualify for). The system became more polished and focused on evaluation of the Yin-Yang balance instead of counting the answers to the test.

Once again, the purpose of the test is to learn more about your features and find out how to distinguish between Yang and Yin features.

We all have unique features that can’t be put into boxes! 

See you in my next post,

Alex

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More on Kibbe image IDs:

Soft Gamine vs Theatrical Romantic in Kibbe System w/Examples

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

Author: Alexandra @YouAndMeAndCupOfCoffee.com

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4 thoughts on “Kibbe Image Identity Test With Examples And Pictures: Results & Interpretation”

    1. This is quite a challenging question to answer! As I’ve mentioned in the beginning of the post, David Kibbe suggested this test as only a guideline for determining the Image ID – body isn’t a math formula where everything is precise and you can evaluate your image ID by calculating different answers. It depends on a lot of factors, but mainly where do all the A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s, and E’s come from? First things first, you need to focus on body features. Facial features are taken into account only if they are very prominent.
      The real question is what’s your Yin and Yang balance. Every image identity has a very specific Yin-Yang balance, and each of these archetypes (image identities) has a specific combination of Yin and Yang.
      My suggestions would be: if indeed you came up with mostly D’s, then it would indicate that you are very petite, delicate (short) and narrow – Theatrical Romantic. I’ve recently written a very detailed post where you can read more about this image identity https://youandmeandcupofcoffee.com/2020/05/10/soft-gamine-vs-theatrical-romantic-in-kibbe-system-w-examples/
      Another suggestion would be determining whether you are Yin or Yang dominated https://youandmeandcupofcoffee.com/2019/12/01/the-meaning-of-yin-and-yang-in-kibbes-body-types/
      Here you can read more about what vertical line is https://youandmeandcupofcoffee.com/2020/03/11/what-is-vertical-line-in-kibbes-system-w-examples-faq/
      Finally, I know for a fact that a lot of women found Strictly Kibbe Facebook group very useful in determining their image identities.
      Hope it helps! Wishing you luck and inspiration determining your image identity ❤️
      Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with!

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  1. Hi! I’m kind of struggling with my body image. I thought I was a Soft Gamine for a long time but now I think I may be a Romantic. I have gained some weight but I know that doesn’t change my skeletal structure. I just find it really hard to be objective about myself. Is it possible to send a couple pics for some advice? I’d really appreciate it!

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    1. Hello! You are right – weight doesn’t change the image identity.
      As I note in every post, I don’t offer typings. I write about Kibbe system rarely, and simply as a part of my interests that I cover on my blog. Another thing is that pictures aren’t reliable – the angles, lighting, and pose, can dramatically change the way a person looks, so they can’t be used for determining Kibbe image ID. I’ve determined my image ID by the book excerpts. I also know that there’s a Facebook group ‘Strictly Kibbe’ where David Kibbe posts and a group specifically for Romantics – maybe you’ll find something that’ll help you there.
      Wishing you best of luck!

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