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May 21, 2006

Written by C.N.

Bra Sizes in China Getting Bigger

One of the many stereotypes about Asians (in this case, Asian women) is that they tend to be flat-chested, as opposed to the idealized image of the big-busted American woman. Well, that may be changing, as bra makers are finding that there is a growing demand for larger bra sizes among Chinese women:

Hong Kong-based lingerie firm Embry Group no longer produces A-cups for larger chest circumferences and has increased production of C-, D- and E-cup bras to meet pressing demand. The Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology released a report last week saying the average chest circumference of Chinese women has risen by nearly 1 cm (0.4 inch) to 83.53 cm (32.89 inches) since the early 1990s, the daily said. This phenomenon, it said, was due to women eating more nutritiously and taking part in more sport.

I’m no biologist or nutritionist, but it strikes me as a little strange that women’s chests can grow that much in a relatively short amount of time, due to just better eating habits and more exercise. I may be wrong, but I thought that chest size is almost completely due to genetics.

Whatever the case is, you can be judge about whether this trend is a positive one — that Chinese women are defying age-old stereotypes against them, or that they are increasingly emulating American women.


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