Standard Sizing in Second Life Avatars and Fashions
Remember awhile back the Dove girls ads? Beautiful fabulous women who were anything BUT standard . All shapes, sizes , looks, skin tones ….but I don’t see *standard* anywhere in this photo.
Now I know *gasps* Second Life is NOT the real world, so lets not have that argument. Second Life is something totally different.Part of Second Life’s sell is ….*Your world , Your Imagination* . So we have unlimited possibilities in Second Life to build the *ME* we want to be.
We find ourselves surrounded in Second Life by robots, furies, merfolk, vampires, monsters, vehicle avatars, steampunk, cyberpunk, faes, tinies,petites, all forms of avatars and none of them say *standard*.
Mesh is amazing in Second Life, so many possibilities! I love it! Second Life designers have worked long and hard to bring us amazing mesh builds, avatars, hairs, clothes, homes,furniture, …..the list is endless!
The only thing standard in Second Life is the human female avatars designers freely made and gave full perm to the grid. Why? From a notecard sent out by designers we are told 500 female avatars were polled. I don’t think I was one of them but if I was I would have said ….I am an XL avatar. But I’ll post the notecard here.
- What is Standard Sizing?
Standard Sizing is a system created to standardize avatar shapes so that rigged mesh clothing can be created to fit most adult human female avatars and so that consumers will be able to objectively identify their own avatar with one of the Standard Sizes, enabling them to comfortably purchase rigged mesh clothing and accessories. We have created a group of 5 shapes representing the 5 most common adult human female avatar sizes in Second Life: Extra Extra Small (XXS), Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), and Large (L).
- What is the purpose of Standard Sizing?
Creators and shoppers would benefit greatly from having a common language to communicate about sizing of garments and accessories for avatars. As a consumer, you can determine which Standard Size is closest to your favorite shape and buy clothing in that size. As a creator, you can fit your designs to the Standard Sizes, guaranteeing that they will fit a wide range of customer shapes.
- How do you know the Standard-Sized shapes are accurate?
The numbers we used to create the 5 Standard-Sized shapes were calculated using the results of a survey of over 500 adult human female avatars. The survey information focused on the following measurements: Body Fat, Torso Muscle, Breast Size, Love Handles, Belly Size, Leg Muscle, Butt Size, and Saddle Bags. Because rigged mesh responds to variations in Heights (including Height, Torso Length, and Leg Length) and Widths (including Body Thickness, Shoulder Width, Hip Width, etc.) on its own, these measurements were not included in the survey.
- Where are XL and XXL?
Based on our survey results, very few users identify their avatar shapes as XL or XXL. Limiting our sizes to XXS-L should make for an easier transition into widespread use of the Standard Sizing system. If a designer wanted to create clothing larger than Standard L, they absolutely could.
- Won’t we look like a bunch of clones if we’re all using the same 5 shapes?
Being able to express your individual personality and style through a unique avatar is one of the foundations of Second Life. We do not want to limit that any more than is necessary to provide a basic reference point for avatar sizing. Of the dozens of measurements that make up each person’s shape, only 8 of them are relevant to each of the 5 Standard Sizes. Even those 8 can be tweaked and still fit that size. This allows a person to largely preserve their original shape, with the added benefit of knowing their Standard Size, and being able to shop comfortably for rigged mesh clothing.
- Where can I get these shapes and how much do they cost?
You can download all 5 of the Standard-Sized shapes for free from the Marketplace here: ( https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/100141 ). They are full permissions, so you are free to modify them or use the numbers as you please. However, note that making changes to the following measurements may compromise the way Standard-Sized rigged mesh garments fit you: Body Fat, Torso Muscle, Breast Size, Love Handles, Belly Size, Leg Muscle, Butt Size, & Saddle Bags (We recommend that these measurements be changed only slightly, if at all).
- What if my own personal avatar size doesn’t match one of the Standard Sizes?
Your shape will most likely fit into one of the Standard Size categories. Since all rigged mesh clothing will probably include alpha bases, minor size variations of the 8 measurements listed previously will be will hidden, along with any glitching due to posing or animating. If this is not the case, you may want to modify your shape so that clothing fitted for a Standard Size will also fit you.
I am an ample avatar, full-figured and curvy. I am also an Second Life shopper, I have Lindens to spend in stores that do not feel the need to design for the XL avatar. Bad for me but as well for them. By not addressing the ample full curvy figured avatar they force us to either conform to *standard sizing* or not shop in their store. I have gone and got the demos till I’m demo poor , I have tried and bought what did fit me and left the shops none the richer for my purchases because there was not more I could buy that fit.
Second Life designers, are you a standard size avatar? Are you a standard size real life person sitting at your pc designing for the masses of consumers in Second Life? Do you want the business of the ample avatar in Second Life?
To me my avatar is beautiful, other opinions may very. I am not a standard sized avatar in Second Life any more than I am a standard sized female in my offline life.
Lets look at the standard sized Second Life female avatar, we were given from our mesh clothing designers.
Standard Sizing Large Female
Standard Sizing Medium Female
Standard Sizing Small Female Avatar
Standard Sizing XSmall Fem Avatar
Standard Sizing XXSmall Avatar
REAL SECOND LIFE AVATARS ARE …..US !!
Second Life version of Dove Girls
We are not standard size avatars ! We are however avatars who spend money/lindens in shops that understand we are all beautiful, stylish , NON standard sized avatars. ALL shapes, all sizes.
Can you really afford to ignore us?
Second Life Female avatars if you are NOT a standard size avatar …..post to this blog , comments are open. Be heard.