The primary feature qualifying for the Classic type is symmetry and perfect proportions, visible both in the facial features and the body’s structure. As you know, such features are infrequent. Therefore, Classic women are most likely the least numerous group of the thirteen types. Balanced symmetry and perfect proportions are features desired by many women. Unfortunately, these ideal qualities seem to be unrealistic. One can get the impression that Classic women do not exist at all, and we are dealing with a purely theoretical type. In his book, David Kibbe drew attention to the fact that slight deviations from the model description are possible even in this type.
However, despite everything, classic beauty is a very unusual phenomenon. The Yin and Yang elements are supposed to appear in perfect balance here. However, they do not manifest in their extreme forms, as in the Gamine types. The eyes are never extremely large, the mouth is never too full, and the silhouette is never boyish or too round. In the Classic type, the Yin and Yang are in perfect balance. As a result of such complete harmony, they create a woman of exemplary beauty. Is this a woman beautiful beyond measure? Perhaps. Although de gustibus non est disputandum, as we all know.
It is also worth reiterating that typical female attributes do not define perfect, classic beauty. If that were the case, the female Yin would have to be dominant. In the Classic type, none of the elements dominate, which results in pure and noble beauty, but at the same time, relatively cool and sterile. David Kibbe even mentions the tendency to light, masculine sharpness in bone structure. The physique may also show a slight tendency towards musculature. As you can see, this is the perfect balance between Yin and Yang.
The leading representatives of the Classic type are the (late) Duchess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, and the greatest star of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve. Although nowadays they are sometimes classified as Soft Classic, due to the minimal dominance of the female element Yin. Personally, I think that perfect faces and figures do not exist, and classic beauty is defined by particular features which are dominant but not the whole. Therefore, both Grace Kelly and Catherine Deneuve can easily be considered model representatives of the Classic type.
Among the stars of the younger generation, the red-haired True Spring, Amy Adams, is quite classic. Below we can see a comparison of Amy’s exemplary beauty with representatives of all other types. How does a Classic woman look in this ranking? Is classic beauty indeed an unprecedented ideal? Or maybe there are beautiful women in each of the thirteen types? Not necessarily perfectly symmetrical and proportional, yet still extremely attractive.