This Woman’s Global Beauty Project Proves That Photoshop Can Be Used for Good

Ester Honig Greece Before And AfterPhotoshop isn’t just for deforming body parts, who knew? This is one of the few examples where photoshopped images have educated us in a different way other than how to properly use the blur tool.

Journalist Esther Honig has started the Before & After project to examine different standards of beauty from across the world. She sent an untouched photograph of herself to different designers from across the globe and simply requested that they “make her beautiful.” The results have been surprising as Honig writes on her website:

“Photoshop allows 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.”

Here are just a few of the photoshopped results from the project:

1. The Original

Ester Honig Untouched

The unaltered image that Honig sent out.

2. Bangladesh  Ester Honig BangladeshIn addition to a hair tweak and subtle makeup, some countries like Bangladesh added clothing and jewelry.

3. PhilippinesEster Honig Phillipines

Some designers took a more heavy-handed approach. Here Honig received an entirely new hairstyle, a bold lip and a sparkly necklace.

4. UkraineEster Honig Ukraine

Some countries like the Ukraine decided to skip the bold lipstick and focused on simply retouching the image.

5. United States

Ester Honig United States

Of course we all wanted to know what the good old USA version would look like. The photoshop skills aren’t the greatest, but they don’t take away from the overall results. Notice the new eye color?

To see more Before & After photos, check out Esther Honig’s website.

Photos: Esther Honig

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    • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

      The Philippines one is kind of crazy, but the US one is just terrible. The changed eye position, eye color, uneven eyebrows, and the terrible make-up, just wow.

    • Jen Pires

      Ukraine is my favorite

    • Michelle

      I like the Bangladesh one the best!

    • FemelleChevalier

      Really, Philippines?

    • twixi

      Ukraine is fine!