The idea of beauty varies across countries and time. The Renaissance period admired women with fuller figures. Women in Asia used to bind their feet as men admired small feet. Examples exist everywhere.
Esther Honig wanted to examine these ideas of beauty across the world. She decided to contact almost 40 people from more than 25 countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Germany and Sri Lanka. She asked each person to Photoshop her picture and make her beautiful. Some people had professional Photoshop skills, others were amateurs. Honig explains:
Below is a selection from the resulting images thus far. They are intriguing and insightful in their own right; each one is a reflection of both the personal and cultural concepts of beauty that pertain to their creator.
Photoshop allows 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.
Her project makes us wonder ‘what is beauty?’ Each culture has their own ideals. Throw in Photoshopped images from each country’s media and the chase for beauty appears quite elusive.
Find out more on Honig’s project on her website.
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