By: Ameena Iqbal
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Simply put, beauty can mean different things to different people. In this day and age so many teen girls and women are insecure about their looks. Often turning to makeup or editing software to make them look skinner, whiter, tucked in all the wrong places. Girls at a young age are accustomed to looking at models in magazines and on TV’s with the ideals that one day they want to look like the same size 0 girls they see everyday. What they don’t know is that the majority of the photos are photoshopped to make their role models look flawless.
A Kansas City-based freelance journalist Esther Honig conducted an international experiment exploring how women’s beauty standards vary from nation to nation.In her project entitled “Before and After,” she sent a plain photograph of herself to amateur and professional freelance photo editors worldwide, asking them one request: to make her beautiful.
She sent her photos to over 25 countries. Here are the photographers from around the globe.
“Seeing some jobs for the first time made me shriek… Other times images, like the one from Morocco, took my breath away because they were far more insightful than I could have expected,” Honig said.
The Original Photograph:
“What I’ve learned from the project is this: Photoshop [may] allow 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.” - Esther Honig