This weekend an odd little piece of satire was circulating around Second Life's social network of choice, Plurk, satirizing an increasingly popular SL avatar style. Creator Marcia London's photomanipulated image (see the full image on Flickr) is titled "The Average Avi Body on SL", though I suspect the actual average Second Life woman's shape is just as conventional as ever. These cartoonishly curvaceous shapes are certainly some of the most distinct virtual figures available, however, and their popularity among edgier alternative virtual fashion bloggers has made them some of the most visible as well.
It's tempting to say that these digital body types resemble funhouse mirror reflections more than any real-life trends, but I'm not sure that's the case. More importantly, I'm not sure I care about how silly or not silly anyone else's shape is, anymore.