How do perceptions of beauty vary across the globe?
Widely held perceptions of beauty and perfection can have a deep and lasting cultural impact on both women and men. The goal of this project is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world.
"..... We focused on female designers, as we wanted a woman’s view of what her culture finds attractive and to understand more about the pressures they face. However, in order to get entries from more countries, we accepted contributions from four men with the caveat that they first seek input from women and base their design changes on this feedback.
We used three designers from international locales with whom we were already acquainted, but most of the artists featured were contracted via freelance job boards. We attempted to get as wide a spread as possible across the world, but many countries are poorly represented on these job boards, particularly when it comes to female designers. We also had issues finding interested artists in some countries due to the amount of skin shown on the model."
Although I think this project started to see media attention back around 2015, it's making its way around again. Some of the authors got the whole project idea wrong and said this girl sent her own image out to people in various countries. Others wrote about it without giving credit to the source and making it look like it was their article to start with...
As you can see in the explanation above from the project website, it was a small and unofficial project done to show the perception of beauty across the globe.
It also is flawed in some ways because the 'graphic designers' didn't actually have to have credentials - all but three were found on online job listing boards. They were supposed to be female but again - it's an online job listing board so you never know who is on the end of the keyboard.
Still, I found it interesting and thought I'd talk about it a little bit over my morning coffee today.
HERE IS THE ORIGINAL IMAGE SENT FOR "OPEN" PHOTOSHOPPING
And here is one of the most interesting, but not surprising to me. China's response. Changing the entire model to make it look like not only like a tiny elfin doll... but hello? That looks like a penis was added! Not ONE of the other countries photos nor the original looked like THAT in the crotch area.
Italy did some major changes as well. The typical "thin the thighs and waist" that most others did as well but changed the clothing to a daring red and added a belly button ring... and completely changed the models shoes!
You can check out the original source for other photos but since I'm in the USA I thought I'd add 'ours' here.