Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No matter who you are or where you come from, you have a beauty standard. We all know the girls we want to look like and the girls our boys tend to glance at. In many ways, this is natural and depends greatly on cultural status symbols and social norms that are directly linked to biological and environmental needs. It is also true that opposites attract and people often find rarities in their culture more appealing than the norm. Whatever the trend happens to be at the moment, what people like around the world says a lot about how people live and what makes them happy.
Esther Honig is an artist who inspired this project that shows exactly how many ways one photo could be changed to appeal to different groups of people. This model's picture was sent to marketers around the world to be Photoshopped. As you will see, every country did something different with their model. This project really drives home the way people perceive beauty from all over the globe and it's fascinating.
This Is How It Started
An all-American, healthy and happy girl. This is what we expect to see when walking down most American streets and it's cute.
As you can see, a smaller figure is more favored in this part of the world.
This image is quite similar to the one from Argentina but the skin color has been made lighter.