26 June 2014

Journalist Explores Global Beauty Standards In Thought-Provoking Photo Project

The original unedited photo

‘Before & After’ is a thought-provoking photo project by Kansas-based journalist Esther Honig, in which she explores how standards of beauty vary from different countries around the world.

Honig started out by sending an unedited photo of herself to about 40 Photoshop experts from around the world on Fiverr, requesting that they Photoshop her photo to “make her beautiful”.

She explains on her website that through this project, it made her realize that “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”.

Each of the altered photos are definitely unique and is an interesting insight into how different cultures perceive beauty.

Check out some altered images below or view the rest here.

[via Buzzfeed, images from Esther Honig]