Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes those eyes come to a culturally-driven consensus about what counts as beautiful or not. We behold beauty differently depending on where we live throughout the world, in other words. That was the idea that occurred to Esther Honig, a Kansas City-based journalist, who embarked on a project titled “Before & After” in which she asked artists from over 25 countries to fix up her portrait. She explained more:
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’. Below is a selection from the resulting images thus far. They are intriguing and insightful in their own right; each one is a reflection of both the personal and cultural concepts of beauty that pertain to their creator. 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.
The results are all over the map, from washed out and whitened, to garish and painted, and minimal and unadorned. Well, at least to my American sensibilities that is. What looks weird and off to me may just be the ideal of a culture I don’t understand. That’s the whole point. Check out a few below and see the rest at her site. Germany: Bangladesh: Argentina: Morocco: Israel: Greece: @lukeoneil47