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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! Society's perception of beauty is something that I can write about for years but does society really have the right to label you as anything but beautiful. I mean think about it --- society has enough problems to worry about than to worry about how beautiful you are. There's global warming, terrorists attack and Ebola. Let society be society and you just be you.

But we all know that that's easier said than done because as humans we are always going to care what other people think. It's in our nature. It's in our nature to edit ourselves with plastic surgery and Photoshop. That isn't always a bad thing but sometimes one just has to know when to pump the brakes

In the photos below we see a little experiment conducted by Marie Southard Ospina, Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor at Bustle. She took a picture of herself and asked people from different countries to Photoshop her and make her "beautiful" in order to explore the notion of 'plus-size beauty' around the world.

"Having grown up predominantly in the first world, I’m aware that in countries like the U.S. or the U.K. being fat is (although quite common) perceived as an inherently negative thing. But I’m also aware that the notion of “thin is the only beautiful” doesn't permeate the entirety of the world," Marie writes in her article.

Marie admits she was inspired by two previous experiments, where journalists Esther Honig and Priscilla Wilson asked people to alter their images in order to explore cultural beauty standards. "I decided to replicate their original experiments — with a plus-sized twist," she writes.

Below are the results:

India 
























Latvia


Ospina says she was interested to see what these editors would make of her "chubby cheeks, double chin, thick shoulders and chest and rounder, fuller face." Would they go for a slimming Photoshop procedure, or "fix" other features without paying attention to her weight.

"All I asked was for them to make me look beautiful, whilst keeping in mind the looks they see in the fashion/beauty mags of their countries," Marie describes her experiment.

Bulgaria




Mexico




Italy




Macedonia




Ukraine




Some people took a more humorous approach. This is Canada.




Iceland? Iceland appears to be a Photoshop-free paradise, because all three editors Marie approached refused to alter her image.

Overall, Marie admits she expected more drastic changes from this experiment. She points out that only three editors (Ukraine, Mexico and Latvia) made her look "visibly thinner." Most common changes included makeup and hair color.


"Regardless, the experiment offered a lot more editors in favor of “preserving natural beauty” than I would have imagined, and so I feel extremely positive about its results. Maybe this is a sign that things are changing for the better," Ospina writes in the conclusions.