The Ideal Woman’s Body in 18 Countries

What is the ideal woman’s body supposed to look like? All women around the world have different skin shades, their eyes and hair are different colors and textures, and their bodies are not shaped the same. For us to answer the question of what the ‘ideal woman’s body’ is supposed to look like is outrageous and insensitive. With so many people around the world, ideal beauty standards cannot be the same and should not. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, shades and countries around the world. That is what makes beauty an extraordinary thing. It can be seen everywhere and the variety of beauty should not be conformed to one ideal.

Beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.

Superdrug Online Doctors, a UK online pharmacy, recently created a project called “Perfections of Perfection”. This project features 18 photoshopped images of the same woman transformed to reflect a countries beauty standard. “The goal of this project is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world,” says the Superdrug press release.

The designers were composed of 14 women and four men. They were allowed to photoshop everything including the photo models waist, hair style and color and some even changed the undergarments and shoes the model was wearing. Numerous designers did not photoshop much of the original photo, but others photoshopped the photo drastically. These photos include, unrealistic tennis ball sized thigh-gaps and elongated thighs, which almost looking like a different photo model.

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Looking at all these photos you can see some of the transformation the photo shoppers did. Not only do some women look miss-proportioned, many viewers had a problem with the representation of the countries “ideal women.” in The ‘Perceptions of Perfection’ Project Ignores Women of Color, Eliza Dillard, from Styleite, expresses the misfortune of the model design the South Africa designer presented as their ideal body in South Africa. In a country that the population is 8.9% white, the designer presented their ideal beauty standard of a woman as a white woman.

In Maria Lugones and Elizabeth Spelman’s, Have We Got A Theory For You! Show us how all of these women are different in some way and all of these differences are silenced. The prologue was written in Spanish, while some of the students in our class translated the prologue, some did not created language barrier. This gave way as an example of women silencing each other because of their language and not trying to translate what they are saying to communicate. This then translates to us killing the voice of those people and speaking to another “race.” Instead of this we need to create solidarity with women around the world and lear other languages to communicate with each other and strengthen womanhood through different races.

While these photoshopped images of women might not be the greatest example of beauty ideals in different countries, it shows us the designers of these images saw beauty in numerous ways. There is not one definition of beauty across the world, there are many definitions of beauty. Each one comes from a different culture, a different part of the world and has it’s own personality. Each one should be celebrated.

These photos were taken from the Huffington Post Article.

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