Photoshop beauty experiment produces surprising results

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a recent experiment shows that eyes don’t just vary from person to person – they vary from culture to culture.

Journalist Esther Honig of Kansas City, Missouri sent an unedited image of herself to roughly 40 photoshoppers in different countries. The 24 year-old accompanied the photo with a simple request: “Make me beautiful.”

With varying degrees of skill, some artists changed her skin color while others added a face full of makeup and defined eyebrows. Others left her virtually untouched. While her face structure remained largely unaltered, some cultures saw fit to add clothing – namely Morocco, who added a hijab.

Honig’s test further elucidates the difficulty of finding a universal standard of beauty: “Photoshop allows us to achieve our unobtainable standard of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more elusive.”

Check out the interpretations of several cultures below and visit Honig’s website for more of her Before & After collection.

bangladesh

Bangladesh

 

usa

USA

 

philippines

Philippines

 

morocco

Morocco

 

argentina

Argentina

 

vietnam

Vietnam

 

israel

Israel

 

greece

Greece

 

india

India

 

serbia

Serbia

 

ukraine

Ukraine

 

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  • Eyafarev

    But then, she used Fiverr, and people in Fiverr aren’t exactly good in Photoshop. This isn’t really scientific as one would think it is. As an experiment, the controls are not really controlled.

  • Theracoon

    How can you tell if the Photoshopper is typical for his/her society? surely a better test would be to then get a number of people from each culture to vote on the images?

  • Eve

    First … Really bad photoshop
    Second In argentina we don’t use so much makeup! Is ridiculous
    Third I saw the same post in other pages, I dont spend a post in a really bad “project”

    regards

    • Rock+Pillar

      Agreed Eve. I also think that this is a really large over generalization of large/complex cultures. It’s very misleading to say that beauty varies culture to culture because they have “different” photoshop skills.

  • http://www.letsnurture.co.uk/ ilesh Raval

    As a desiger at letsNurture i hardly think photoshop effects are really effective one i check indian pic and other pic but i never feel like it looks what it really have to be sorry but not really touching to me

  • samson

    very surprising … not.

  • lolgodiaf

    That is really horrible photoshop work. Sort of ruins the whole article. Neat idea, but very poorly executed.

  • Samuel Colt

    Serbia looks OK the rest look like they’re taken from the book – “How never to use Photoshop in 5 easy steps”. Dam I need eye drops.

  • Hadrian Embalsado

    I need to do a gig too with that!