What Does “Beauty” Look Like Around The World?

What does "beautiful" look like in Chile? What about Morocco? Journalist Ester Honig aims to explore exactly what that term means to different cultures with her new project, “Before & After.”. For the experiment, Honig sent a plain, un-retouched picture of herself to freelance Photoshop whizzes from 25 different countries. Her only instruction: "make me beautiful.” The results are striking—and thought-provoking.

Taken one by one, the before and after images make for an interesting contrast. Taken as a whole, the diverse outcomes lead us wonder, Is there a global standard of beauty? On her personal website Honig writes, "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." Our take: Nothing is more beautiful than looking like yourself.

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