Everyone defines beauty differently based on their own unique perceptions, and the following project developed by U.K. online pharmacy Superdrug Online Doctors proves it. They asked graphic designers from various countries all over the world to Photoshop a female figure based on the beauty standards of each country.
The project, called Perceptions of Perfection, shows the striking differences between the definition of beauty according to eighteen nations around the world. After looking at all of the images, the women seem to have a few things in common: all have perfect hair and skin, a flat stomach, and most have a gaping thigh gap. However, each model differs in her skin tone, hair color and texture, and body shape.
Remember that these ideals mean nothing in comparison to how you see yourself, and you should never try to live up to someone else’s definition of beauty. True beauty lies within, and when you can project that inner confidence and compassion for yourself outward, THAT truly makes someone beautiful.
Check out these photos to see what you think of each country’s definition of beauty, and then go smile at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself “I’m beautiful.”
Note: These perceptions are not our own, but raises an important discussion. We believe everyone is as equally beautiful!
Here’s the original image:
And here are the photos altered from this image that show how beauty is viewed in 18 different countries:
People from the U.S. seem to like an hourglass shape, with a curvy waist and wide hips.
In Peru, people perceive beauty as a woman with voluptuous curves with medium-length, light brown hair and more slanted eyes.
People from the Philippines like women with a large bust, trim waistline and wide hips.
In Spain, they actually prefer larger-framed women, but still with a flat stomach.
In Mexico, they perceive women as beautiful if they have dark skin, medium-length brown hair, a curvy waist, and wide hips.
In Syria, they like women with a longer neck and face, smaller bust and waist, and wide hips.
The Italian image of beauty looks the stereotypical model: long, sculpted legs, a thing waist, and thin arms.
9. South Africa
South Africans prefer women with a small frame, slight shoulders, and thin arms.
Serbians like women to have a slim figure, but slightly thicker thighs in proportion to the rest of the body.
Romanians prefer an hourglass figure, but with muscular looking thighs.
11. The Netherlands
People from here like women to have long, red hair, pale skin, and a relatively thin, petite figure.
In China, they prefer women to be very petite, have long legs, and high cheekbones.
Colombia is the only country that agreed with the original model, except they preferred women to have a slightly reduced weight and longer hair.
Argentinians believe beauty looks like this: a slim figure with a small waist, thin legs, and larger breasts.
People in the UK also prefer women with pale skin, and a petite figure just like Ukrainians. However, UK citizens seem to want women with a larger thigh gap.
In Ukraine, they like a woman with fair skin, little to no curves, and red hair. It’s interesting to note that they seem to prefer stockier legs, though.
Egypt’s model resembles the U.S. closely, except for wider hips, darker skin tone, and longer, black hair. Egyptians also prefer curves and thin, toned arms.
Finally, in Venezuela, it seems they prefer darker colored women with more curves, thicker thighs and a flat stomach.
*All photos came from Superdrug Online Doctors.