How One Woman's Body Was Photoshopped to Meet 18 Different "Ideal" Beauty Standards


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People always say that perceptions of beauty vary widely from one country to the next, but just how different can those views really be? In a new study, 18 graphic designers from all over the world—interestingly, most of them women—were asked to Photoshop one woman's face and body to fit with what is considered their culture's aesthetic ideal. 

The results are truly fascinating.

Text, Swimwear, Brassiere, Swimsuit bottom, Undergarment, Waist, Font, Lingerie, Thigh, Swimsuit top,

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Brassiere, Hairstyle, Shoulder, Human leg, Joint, Waist, Swimsuit top, Undergarment, Abdomen, Stomach,

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Hairstyle, Brassiere, Shoulder, Human leg, Joint, Waist, Chest, Swimsuit top, Undergarment, Lingerie,

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Brassiere, Skin, Joint, Swimsuit top, Chest, Undergarment, Abdomen, Lingerie, Waist, Thigh,

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Hairstyle, Brassiere, Human leg, Joint, Swimsuit top, Undergarment, Swimwear, Thigh, Lingerie, Muscle,

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Skin, Human leg, Shoulder, Brassiere, Joint, Red, Undergarment, Thigh, Muscle, Fashion model,

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Finger, Skin, Joint, Brassiere, Swimwear, Waist, Thigh, Muscle, Undergarment, Trunk,

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Skin, Shoulder, Brassiere, Joint, Human leg, Waist, Undergarment, Chest, Thigh, Lingerie,

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Brassiere, Hairstyle, Skin, Swimsuit top, Undergarment, Pink, Lingerie, Waist, Bikini, Swimsuit bottom,

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Brassiere, Pink, Undergarment, Chest, Abdomen, Swimsuit top, Navel, Stomach, Waist, Lingerie,

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Brassiere, Shoulder, Joint, Pink, Waist, Undergarment, Chest, Abdomen, Thigh, Stomach,

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South Africa

Hairstyle, Brassiere, Skin, Joint, Swimsuit top, Undergarment, Waist, Bikini, Lingerie, Navel,

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Brassiere, Shoulder, Joint, Swimsuit top, Pink, Undergarment, Chest, Waist, Abdomen, Stomach,

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Brassiere, Skin, Shoulder, Human leg, Joint, Swimsuit top, Undergarment, Waist, Lingerie, Chest,

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Skin, Brassiere, Shoulder, Joint, Human leg, Pink, Waist, Chest, Undergarment, Abdomen,

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United Kingdom

Brassiere, Shoulder, Joint, Undergarment, Waist, Chest, Navel, Lingerie, Swimsuit top, Abdomen,

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Brassiere, Hairstyle, Shoulder, Human leg, Joint, Red, Swimsuit top, Waist, Chest, Undergarment,

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Brassiere, Skin, Swimsuit top, Pink, Undergarment, Waist, Chest, Lingerie, Abdomen, Navel,

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Human, Hairstyle, Skin, Brassiere, Shoulder, Joint, Waist, Undergarment, Swimsuit top, Abdomen,

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If this doesn't go to show that *all* bodies are beautiful, we don't know what does.

Diana Bruk
Viral Content Editor

My writing has regularly appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, VICE, Guernica, The New York Observer, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more publications.

I was previously the Senior News Editor at Best Life Online and the Viral Content Editor in the Newsroom of Hearst Digital Media. My portfolio consists of a vast and diverse body of work that includes personal essays, lifestyle articles, breaking news posts, and viral content. My areas of expertise, however, are Russia, sex and relationships, and mental wellness.