Woman has her picture photoshopped to match each country's standard of beauty
In an absolutely brilliant social experiment, American journalist Esther Honig sent a normal looking photograph of herself to almost 40 people in over 25 countries with one instruction, "Make me look beautiful." Each person in the various countries used the service-sharing site Fiverr to edit the original image according to what they thought matched their idea of beauty.
Her project is called "Before and After" and the journalist wanted to show how our standards for attractiveness drastically differ across countries and cultures.
As you can see from the photos, she couldn't have been more effective in her findings. I think what's most surprising about the project is how every photo is really unique to that country, and no two pictures are alike including ones that are from the same country.
Honig said of the images, "What I’ve learned from the project is this: Photoshop [may] allow us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more illusive.”
BANGLADESH (Two Pictures)
UNITED STATES (Two pictures)
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SERBIA (Two pictures)