“You can never look like the girl on the magazine cover, because she herself does not look like that in reality.”
Women across the globe accept the fact that they face the pressure to fit into a perfect body type category. All the fashion magazines and advertisements that portray perfectly curved bodies teach women what they’re supposed to look like.
How do beauty perceptions vary around the world?
Superdrug Online Doctor, a UK-based online pharmaceutical-ordering website, decided to sort an answer to this question.
Designers from 18 different countries were asked to Photoshop a stock image of a woman to fit their country’s standard of beauty.
As the project’s title suggested, it was about ‘Perceptions of Perfection‘.
As per the project’s site, “Widely held perceptions of beauty and perfection can have a deep and lasting cultural impact on both women and men.”
“The goal of this project is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world.”
The project has its own goals…
Mostly, it was an attempt to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty.
And then the pressure that women across the globe go through!
“‘Beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another,’ says the dictionary. And the range of depictions found in our study appears to confirm this notion,” says the site.
They also conducted a survey!
And asked people to guess the weight of the Photoshopped woman in each image and the results were harrowing.
Some of the edits translated to dangerously low BMIs, those were actually anorexic results as per the woman’s height!
Of course not every country thinks alike, everyone doesn’t want skinny legs and toned abs. But the war on body image won’t be over until there is no perfect body. Just bodies and beauty in many forms.