Which Nation's View of Photoshopped Beauty is the Most Swoon-Worthy?

By Gerald Lynch on at

Photoshopped beauty saturates the media. But just because the same software tools are used the world over, that doesn't necessarily mean international views of beauty are all the same. Journalist Esther Honig has completed a fascinating experiment -- taking a natural photograph of herself, she emailed it out to graphic designers across the globe, asking each to "make her beautiful" using Photoshop. The results are amazingly varied.

A UK artist's reasonably-reserved effort sits above, while below you can find the outlandish look from the Philippines and subtle shading from Vietnam, along with the other participating nations.

As well as the sometimes-drastic hairstyle and make-up differences, it's interesting to see how some cultures prefer to add clothing and (in the case of Serbia) tattoos too. Also, note how some tweak the background shade of the original image to bring out the changes in their own idealised visions. Of course, an artist's own inclinations no doubt come in to play, but as a glimpse of differing ideals around the world, it's a revealing insight.

Who did the best job? Or is Esther's Honig's natural beauty fine without the digital makeover? [Esther Honig via Huh Magazine]

Argentina

Two from Bangladesh

Bulgaria

Chile

Greece

India

Indonesia

Israel

Italy

Kenya

Morocco

Pakistan

Two from the Philippines

Two from Serbia

Sri Lanka

United States

Vietnam