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Woman Paid Photoshop Pros In 25 Countries To Make Her Beautiful

Does beautiful mean the same thing across the world? One woman decided to find out by asking people from over 25 different countries to "make her beautiful", with VERY interesting results.

Freelance journalist Esther Honig was browsing Fiverr, a website which allows you to hire out freelancers from around the globe, when she came to an interesting realization. All of these photo-shoppers, spread across continents, each had their own aesthetic preference. And maybe, this aesthetic preference would be heavily influenced by each artist's specific culture.

Armed with an easy way to reach out to photoshop experts across the world, Esther set out to find out exactly how much the definition of beauty changes country to country. She set up the project called Before & After, by sending out an unedited photo of herself to 40 different photoshoppers across the world with the simple request of "make me beautiful."

The results are pretty interesting. "What I've learned from this project", Esther says, "is this: Photoshop [may] allow 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 illusive."

Basically, what's gorgeous in one place is considered not-that-attractive in another. The photos show a remarkable difference in what individuals from different countries feel needs editing. While someone in Bangladesh feels Esther's nose needs to be slimmed, a photoshopper in Sri Lanka thinks she just needs some green eyeshadow.


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