Back in June, journalist Esther Honig shared a project on the Internet that involved 25 photo editors around the world and a freelancing program call Fiverr. Honig asked the editors to make her beautiful, and the resulting images revealed a lot about beauty standards in different countries. Fellow journalist Priscilla Yuki Wilson decided to recreate the project, but as a biracial woman she found that the final images were not as drastically different from one another as Honig's were.
On her blog, Wilson writes that she is often asked "what are you." Her mother is Japanese and her father is Black, so she was taught that her "natural self did not comply with conventional standards set forth by society."
Of the experiment she writes that "in contrast to Honig’s results, where her face became a canvas to express more than a dozen contrasting beauty standards, I found that my face actually challenged the application of Photoshop in this instance. As a biracial women there is no standard of beauty or mold that can easily fit my face." Of course, images edited by a handful of random editors don't necessarily reflect the views of everyone on the planet, but they help to frame the larger discussion of how standards of beauty are perpetuated and how that can be a really terrible thing.
To see more images from Wilson's experiment, head to her blog here.
[via Huffington Post]