Two months ago we shared with you the interesting experiment by journalist Esther Honing that involved taking one photograph and having people from 27 countries Photoshop it to end up with what they considered to be their countries definition of beautiful.
Fellow journalist and friend of Honig’s Priscilla Yuki Wilson wanted to try the same thing, and see how her biracial ethnicity would affect the outcome.
Reaching out to photo editors across 18 countries, Wilson’s message to each of them was the same in regards to the self-portrait she sent them: “make me beautiful.” And just as Honing’s series proved, Wilson’s project revealed a divers collection of results, each different in their own regard:
One of the most determinate factors in Wilson’s opinion is based on the fact she is biracial. As she explained in a blog post detailing the project:
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 woman there is no standard of beauty or mold that can easily fit my face.
The results only confirm her thoughts on the matter. While some of the edits only smooth her skin and add make-up, others completely alter her complexion by slimming up her face, reshaping her eyes and — in the case of Algeria — turn her into an OSK-bound space traveller.
Below are a number of the final edits Wilson received back and shared with us:
(via Huffington Post)
Image credits: Photographs by Priscilla Yuki Wilson and used with permission