Woman’s Appearance Photoshopped by Editors Around the World

Kansas City-based freelance journalist Esther Honig launched her Before & After project by sending an unaltered photo of herself to 40 photoshop gurus around the world with a simple request: “make me beautiful.” Her hope was to bring to light the way standards of beauty differ by country and culture.

All who took a turn at editing her photo applied simple changes such as taming flyaway hairs or smoothing her skin, but some chose to go as far as to change her eye color, bone structure, and significantly darken or lighten her skin tone. In a few countries, the photoshopper even chose to add clothing or jewelry to the picture.

The project is a reflection of not only the way that standards of beauty can differ by region and culture, but also by person. In some of the countries below you’ll see multiple photos from different editors, which still vary significantly due to each person’s individual tastes. Keep up with the project on Esther’s website.

Original Photo

before & after

Argentina

Esther Honig

Australia

beauty standards

Bangladesh

beauty around the world

Bulgaria

photoshopped around the world

Chile

photoshopped woman

Germany

before & after

Greece

Esther Honig

India

beauty standards

Indonesia

beauty around the world

Israel

photoshopped around the world

Italy

photoshopped woman

Kenya

before & after

Morocco

Esther Honig

Pakistan

beauty standards

Philippines

beauty around the world

Romania

photoshopped around the world

Serbia

photoshopped woman

Sri Lanka

before & after

United Kingdom

Esther Honig

Ukraine

beauty standards

USA

beauty around the world

Venezuela

photoshopped around the world

Vietnam

photoshopped woman

Source: Esther Honig via My Modern Met

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