Examining “ideal beauty.”
Kansas City-based journalist and blogger Esther Honig, 24, sent an image of her head and shoulders to Photoshop specialists in more than 25 countries and told them to make her look like a woman from one of their country’s fashion magazines.
She calls her project “Before & After,” and its sole purpose is to challenge the widely-accepted notion that beauty is something inborn and inherent within our society, as well as how Photoshop perpetuates an unobtainable standard of beauty.
Here’s a description from Honig’s website:
“In the U.S., Photoshop has become a symbol of our society’s unobtainable standards for beauty. My project, Before & After, examines how these standards vary across cultures on a global level.
Freelancing platforms, like Fiverr, have allowed me to contract nearly 40 individuals, from more than 25 countries such as Sri Lanka, Ukraine, The Philippines, and Kenya. Some are experts in their field, others are purely amateur.
With a cost ranging from five to thirty dollars, and the hope that each designer will pull from their personal and cultural constructs of beauty to enhance my unaltered image, all I request is that they ‘make me beautiful.'”
This is her original image:
Following are the images that she received.
Look at these photographs.
Clearly, we are viewing the media’s portrayal of beauty and then accepting it. We’re throwing away our own self-respect, love and inborn ability to feel beautiful in our own skin and we’re not even realizing that we’re replacing it with trash.
So the next time I look in the mirror and consider something I see to be a flaw, I’m going to remember that the variations of beauty are as wide as the ocean.
And I want to love myself as big as the sea.
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Editor: Travis May