One of the most interesting things about beauty standards is the fact that they’re different all over the world. And that’s exactly the contradiction explored in the project Perceptions of Perfection, saw female designers from 18 different countries photoshop the below image of a woman. The idea came from the work of the photographer Esther Honig , who performed a similar experiment. Online Doctor, the organization that sponsored the project, said he concluded that the perception of beauty is totally culturally.
How do perceptions of beauty vary across the globe?
From that simple question, the idea for this study was born. We asked female graphic designers from around the world to Photoshop a female form by making her, in their opinion, more attractive to other citizens of their country.
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.