Also called Vital Statistics and abbreviated to BWH, Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements are a common method of specifying body proportions for the purpose of fitting clothes and indicating physical appearance. Usually used to depicted women the three sizes are the circumferences of the Bust, Waist and Hips; usually rendered in centimeters or inches.
BWH measurements, Cup size and HeightEdit
Because cup size is only partially measured in BWH measurements (to measure cup size the circumference of the rib cage underneath the breast must also be measured and then the difference between that and the Bust measurement decides what cup size is needed, the larger the difference the larger the cup size.) BWH measurements can only partially depict a woman’s body shape.
Breast volume, or cup size, will further detail a woman's figure. A woman with measurements of 34A-27-36 (Bust:35, A cup, Waist:27, Hips:36) inches will have a different body shape than a woman with measurements of 32C-27-36 (Bust:35, C cup, Waist:27, Hips:36) inches due to the former woman's rib cage being about 34 inches in circumference (according to the 34), with a full bust measurement of 35 inches, the A being an inch of difference in the circumference between the fullest part and the band no. The latter woman's ribs would be about 32 inches around with a full bust measurement of 35 inches. The result is that the latter woman’s breasts will appear "bustier" and her hips larger than the former woman even though their BWH measurements are both 35-27-36 inches.
The letter of the cup is larger as it goes up the alphabet, with double letters being large than the single in all but one case, AA is smaller than A. The BWH is frequently given as three numbers, the measurement of the fullest part of the bust, the measurement of the thinnest part of the waist and the measurement of the largest part of the hip, which usually falls to be around the butt.
An A cup on a 32 inch band is much smaller than an A cup on a 40 inch band. a person usually has a band measurement a few inches larger than waist measurement. A woman with 38-28-38 may have a bra size of 30H, 32F, 34DD and a 36 would be too large on her frame.
Height will also affect the presentation of the figure. A woman who is 36-24-36 at 5'2" tall, looks different from a woman who is 36-24-36 at 5'8" tall. Since the latter woman's figure has greater distance between measuring points, she will likely appear thinner than her former counterpart, again, even though they share the same BWH measurements.
Uses in Dead or AliveEdit
Each character, male and female, has had their BWH measurements displayed in the instruction manuals of each Dead or Alive game since the original Dead or Alive.
|Ayane||B37" W21" H33" (B93 W54 H84 cm)||Kokoro||B35" W22" H34" (B90 W55 H87 cm)|
|Bass Armstrong||B56" W53" H54" (B143 W135 H136 cm)||Leifang||B34" W22" H34" (B87 W55 H86 cm)|
|Bayman||B47" W36" H37" (B120 W92 H95 cm)||Leon||B53" W47" H48" (B135 W120 H123 cm)|
|Brad Wong||B45" W31" H36" (B115 W80 H91 cm)||Lisa Hamilton||B36" W22" H34" (B92 W56 H86 cm)|
|Christie||B37" W23" H35" (B93 W59 H88 cm)||Marie Rose||B29" W22" H30" (B74 W56 H78 cm)|
|Eliot||B34" W26" H33" (B87 W65 H85 cm)||Mila||B34" W21" H34" (B87 W54 H87 cm)|
|Gen Fu||B38" W40" H39" (B96 W102 H99 cm)||Momiji||B36" W22" H34" (B92 W58 H88 cm)|
|Genra||B54" W43" H50" (B138 W109 H128 cm)||Nyotengu||B37" W23" H35" (B93 W58 H88 cm)|
|Hayate/Ein||B43" W33" H39" (B109 W83 H98 cm)||Rachel||B37" W23" H36" (B96 W60 H92 cm)|
|Helena Douglas||B35" W22" H34" (B90 W56 H86 cm)||Raidou||B45" W35" H37" (B115 W88 H94 cm)|
|Hitomi||B35" W23" H33" (B90 W58 H85 cm)||Rig||B42" W33" H38" (B106 W85 H97 cm)|
|Honoka||B39" W23" H36" (B99 W58 H91 cm)||Ryu Hayabusa||B41" W33" H36" (B105 W83 H92 cm)|
|Jann Lee||B39" W31" H36" (B99 W80 H92 cm)||Tina Armstrong||B37" W24" H35" (B95 W60 H89 cm)|
|Kasumi (and her clones)||B35" W21" H33" (B89 W54 H85 cm)||Zack||B42" W33" H37" (B106 W84 H95 cm)|
- In western culture, the ideal sizes for a woman are said to be B90 W60 H90 cm (B35" W24" H35").
- Various Japanese games are fond of listing these traits (while they're unfound in western made games) as a rough estimate of a girl's figure.
- An exception would be Skullgirls, a western made fighting game, which goes so far as to have BWH and includes cup size. The Senran Kagura series is similar though it's Japanese made.
- In Dead or Alive 5, the girls' bust measurements don't reflect their in-game model. For example, the bust measurements for Christie and Ayane are higher than with Helena and Kasumi, yet their in-game model has the opposite.
- It should be noted that a high bust measurement doesn't always mean bigger breasts; cup size is what really counts, but the Dead or Alive series does not provide that information.
|Playable||Kasumi - Hitomi - Helena Douglas - Leifang - Christie - Lisa - Tina Armstrong - Ayane|
|Non-Playable||Niki - Zack|
|Games||Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Poker - Pool Hopping - Roulette – Slot Machines|
|Other||Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Gift Giving - Stats - Swimsuits - Zack Dollars|
Accessory Shop – Bass Island – Casino - Hotel – Jungle - Niki Beach – Poolside - Private Beach – Radio Station – Sports Shop – Zack of All Trades
|Brazilian Sugar - Bitchism - Come On Over (All I Want Is You) - Do It - Fe Real - Give Me A Reason - How Crazy Are You? - If It Don't Fit - Is This Love - I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend - Jesse Hold On - Me Gusta - Move It Like This - Lovin' You - Pegaito - Sweet And Deadly - The Kids Don't Like It - This Is It - Turn It Up|
|Costumes – Item Collection Datasheet - Merchandise - Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers - Swimsuit Merchandise|
|Playable||Kasumi - Tina Armstrong - Hitomi - Helena Douglas - Leifang - Christie - Lisa - Kokoro - Ayane|
|Non-Playable||Niki - Zack|
|Games||Beach Flags - Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Butt Battle – Poker - Pool Hopping - Slot Machines|
|Other||Bijin Tokei - Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Gift Giving - Girls Guide - Pole Dancing - Precious Memories - Private Paradise - Swimsuits - Venus Clips - Zack Dollars|
|New Zack Island|
Accessory Shop - Bass Island - Brilliant Jungle - Hotel - Niki Beach - Poolside - Radio Station - Sports Shop - Tranquil Beach - Zack of All Trades
|Dead or Alive Paradise Soundtrack|
Paradise!! - Sensational Fantasy - Beach Bomb - Coconut Groove - Nitro Funk - Violet Eyed Beauty - Rewind! - Curiosity - Boogie Circuit
|Costumes - Item Collection Datasheet – Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers|