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Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Irev

Beauty Standards of Different Countries by Esther Honig

What does it mean to be beautiful? Do people have the same perception when it comes to beauty? – These could have been the questions in Ester Honig’s mind when she decided to ask people from different countries to photoshop her picture. Ester Honig is a Kansas City-based journalist and a a human interest reporter who made herself the subject of her own experiment with regards to beauty standards all over the world.

Honig sent this photos to 40 photo editors in 25 different countries with the simple request: ‘make me beautiful’ hoping that each creative would source their personal perception and cultural conclusions of beauty to enhance her original image.

“I was curious to see how people in different countries would alter my image, and it became sort of an independent project I took on. It occurred to me that each individual likely had an aesthetic preference particular to their own culture. If you sent, say, five of them the same image, they were bound to alter it in drastically contrasting ways by influence of their cultural concept of beauty,” she tells InStyle.com

And what has this taught her?

“Overall what I’ve learned from this project is this; 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 elusive. “

See the photos below of her before and after faces.

India
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Ukraine
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Venezuela
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Argentina
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Vietnam
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Philippines
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Romania
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Sri Lanka
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United States
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UK
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Israel
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Italy
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Australia
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Bangladesh
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Chile
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Germany
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Greece
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Indonesia
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Souce: Huffingtonpost, Instyle

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