What is Rihanna’s Kibbe ‘body type’? Understanding why she’s not a Theatrical Romantic can help you understand your own image ID better.
Note: I’m not a Kibbe expert (only David Kibbe is – he doesn’t offer certifications or authorizations for anyone to practice his method). I’m a humble learner with a passion for sharing useful information. I follow only David Kibbe’s teachings and find them valuable.
Kibbe’s Metamorphosis isn’t about ‘body types’ – it’s about image identities. This post is for those who are researching Kibbe system and want to know whether Rihanna is an example of a Theatrical Romantic (TR). There’s been a lot of information about Rihanna being typed as Kibbe TR – she’s used as an example of TR and her features are being analyzed as TR, allegedly relying on that David Kibbe himself typed her a TR.
A few words on celebrity typings here: they aren’t helpful as much as many YouTubers and bloggers would make you believe. Celebrities often lie about their height and measurements, not to mention the amount of plastic surgery they’re having. Even if Kibbe typed Rihanna as a TR, it means he was unaware of how she looks like in real life – that’s all. David Kibbe never recommends using celebrity image IDs as reliable source of infomation.
Celebrity image ID identification is fun unless you compare yourself to them. The real question you need to find an answer to is not how many A’s or D’s you got answering the Kibbe quiz, but your place on the Yin-Yang scale. To do that, I consider the quiz still valuable for understanding what Yin and Yang features are, but focusing on the quiz probably won’t give you all the answers.
I made a whole post about Yin and Yang meaning in Kibbe that explains why it doesn’t mean masculine vs feminine and how to differentiate between Yin and Yang.
So why can’t Rihanna be a TR?
This all starts with height – she’s simply too tall to be a TR. TR are on the Yin-prevalent side of the Yin-Yang spectrum and, as you probably know, Yin means softness, roundness, and shortness. Self-proclaimed Kibbe ‘experts’ would probably tell you quoting Kibbe’s Metamorphosis book that ‘one feature shouldn’t throw off your image ID’ and this quote truly exists, however NOT in relation to height. I’ll explain why not.
Think about a tall person. Tallness in Kibbe = Yang. Let’s take Taylor Swift (who, in fact, is a pure Dramatic). She’s 178cm tall (5’11”). Tallness means having a lot of other Yang features. Can she have such height and then short arms and legs, small and delicate hands and feet, short flesh on upper arms and thighs, etc? Certainly not – her limbs will be proportionate to her body length, same as her arms and feet and flesh on her bones. This comes naturally because a human body isn’t a math formula (or body geometry) to have a mixture of features that don’t belong to one another. So along with tallness a person gets a great deal of Yang.
David Kibbe is very clear on the overall bone structure of TR, saying that it’s ‘Small and delicate. Slightly sharp edges (shoulders, jawline, cheekbones, or nose). Small hands and feet (in proportion to height). Facial bones are small, delicate, and slightly sharp‘. I’m quoting his book, which I still consider a legitimate source for overall guidance to his system, even though he’s changed his system quite a bit since it was published.
Now let’s take a look at what Kibbe says a TR will not be:
- be extremely tall
- have large or wide bones
- have large hands and feet
- have extremely prominent facial bones or features
- have small, narrow eyes, and thin or straight lips
- have a boyishly straight figure devoid of a defined waist
Rihanna is reportedly 173cm tall (5’8”) – that’s considerably more than 5’5” that Kibbe says is the approximate height limit for TR image ID.
What do we have? A tall Rihanna (in many regions of the world she’d even be considered very tall), with a long gorgeous vertical line, with a lot of Yang in her, but at the same time she has a bit of Yin which is obvious – soft lips and cheeks, a bit wide and rounded nose, etc. Her eyes are more narrow than round, they are exotic and prominent. Her waist isn’t completely straight, but it isn’t very defined either (see images below):
Her hands and feet are proportionate to her height and bone structure – elongated and a bit wide:
The truth is in the pudding, my friends: Rihanna isn’t a TR, because she’s everything that Kibbe says a TR won’t be. If we’re analyzing her following Kibbe, then she isn’t a TR. If she’s called by someone a TR, this has no relation to Kibbe at all.
So what Image ID does Rihanna belong to?
That’s a question that only Rihanna herself and David Kibbe would be able to answer with 100% confidence. Kibbe’s system is designed so that every person can determine their image ID themselves.
In Kibbe’s system, people with moderate height or short height can have a long vertical. However, being tall automatically means having a long vertical, meaning that Rihanna could belong to the ‘tall’ image IDs like Flamboyant Natural, Dramatic, or Soft Dramatic.
In my opinion, saying that Rihanna is a TR is ridiculous if you’ve seen her real unedited pictures or seen her on stage (even on videos). Her Yin-Yang balance contains a lot of Yang – way too much to put her in TR image ID. To make her, for instance, a Soft Dramatic – maybe, but never a TR. If anyone tells you otherwise, they have no clue about what Kibbe’s Yin and Yang are all about. Take a look at her in the pink outfit above – the thin soft fabric and soft gathers just look not enough for her, because it doesn’t correspond with her natural Yin-Yang balance.
Hopefully this post will further clarify Yin and Yang for you as well as remove one serious misconception about Kibbe’s system.
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