I have a pop quiz for you! Don't worry, it's easy. Just finish the following sentence with whatever pops into your head.
"Beauty is ..."
What did you come up with? "Pain"? "Only skin deep"? "In the eye of the beholder"?
Beauty can mean different things to different people, and that's exactly what one woman set out to prove to the world.
Esther Honig, creator of the project "Before and After," knows how much the U.S. relies on Photoshop to attain those unattainable standards of beauty.
It was her mission to show how standards of beauty in Photoshop vary across cultures around the world. And the results are really incredible.
Honig contacted 40 Photoshop artists from around the world using Fiverr and other freelancing platforms online. These artists are from over 25 different countries with different levels of skill in Photoshop, from the professional to completely amateur.
Her instructions were simple. "Make me beautiful."
What does Honig have to say about the experiment?
"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 elusive."
Look at the photos below to see the different standards of beauty from around the world. There are even more photos available on her website. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Before and After: Israel
Before and After: Bangladesh
Before and After: India
Before and After: United States
Before and After: Ukraine
Before and After: United Kingdom
Before and After: Philippines
Before and After: Morocco
Before and After: Greece
Before and After: Kenya