Take a close look at the 14 photoshopped images of the same woman, created by designers from several countries as a part of the eye-opening project Perceptions of Perfection, developed by Superdrug Online Doctors. Each picture below mirrors the beauty standard of a certain country, proving once more that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Enjoy!
To portray the ideal woman in the U.S., the researchers involved in this project conducted a survey, and managed to come up with an accurate description after interviewing 35 people. They reached the conclusion that the ideal woman is approximately 5’4’’ tall, and has a weight estimated at around 128 pounds. The body envisioned by the designer who photoshopped the stock image to reflect the American standards in terms of beauty is voluptuous, yet well-balanced. If you take a glance at that particular image, you’ll be able to contemplate an almost perfect hourglass body, with fairly toned arms and legs, and a flat stomach.
On the other hand, the Chinese beauty icon envisioned by the country’s designer as a part of the Perceptions of Perfection project is anorexic by British standards, according to the statement released by the U.K National Health Service. At 5’4’’, the strangely beautiful creature imagined by Chinese representative who agreed to participate in this project is shockingly thin, considering she weighs only about 102 pounds. She has darker, shoulder-length hair (compared to the original version), and displays skinny arms and long, stick-thin legs worthy of the legsfordays hashtag. She is also petite, and seems more like a doll than a real, living, breathing woman.
On the other side of the coin, it looks like Columbians appreciate voluptuous women with beautiful curves. A woman reflecting Columbia’s beauty standards weighs approximately 147 pounds, has lighter, chest-length hair, and looks like she feels very comfortable in the skin she’s in. While people from other countries may consider her chubby, the Columbian beauty queen envisioned by this country’s designer proudly flaunts her big arms and thighs. Even though she doesn’t have a thigh gap, she seems very self-confident and proud of her full figure.
The Egyptian designer made a lot of changes to illustrate his country’s beauty ideal. For starters, The Egyptian beauty queen has raven, wavy hair, and a much darker skin tone, compared to the stock photography that was used to encourage the creative efforts of the team of 18 designers who accepted the challenge of illustrating the perception of beauty in different countries. Compared to the Columbian lady, the one “born” in Egypt is skinner and looks more athletic. She weighs approximately 132 pounds, has a tiny waist, toned arms and legs, and more prominent hips. In this case, large hips seem to be considered a symbol of femininity; the model portrayed by the Egyptian designer looks happy, healthy, and self-confident at the same time.
What could you possibly expect from Italy, the home of innate style and fashion? Completely unsurprisingly, the Italian designer submitted the second skinniest figure of the entire group. Probably inspired by runway shows and beauty trends that have very little in common with the needs, possibilities, particularities, and actual expectations of everyday people, Italy voted for an almost scary-thin prototype of the ideal woman. Weighing only about 108 pounds, the imaginary model has straight, chest-length red hair, skinny arms and legs, a tiny waist, and of course, perfectly sculpted abs constituting the result of her constant dieting efforts and successful workout program. Naturally, the Italian designer went the extra mile to reflect Italy’s passion for beauty and fashion, by changing the shoes and the lingerie set displayed by the initial stock photography. The designer replaced the pink platforms with classier beige court shoes, and dyed the lingerie set in ruby red, to add an extra touch of color and sensuality to the original prototype. While the beauty standard set by Italy may be extremely unrealistic, and thus, difficult to achieve, we have to admit that it’s quite a sight for sore eyes.
In the Netherlands, the photoshopped version of the perfect woman is the girl-next-door type. She displays a normal weight for her height (127 pounds), has red-orange shoulder-length hair, average arms and legs, and a somewhat flat stomach. Judging from her appearance, she doesn’t look like the type who would starve herself to death to shed a few pounds, or spend countless hours at the gym to tone her lower and upper body. However, it looks like the Netherlands prototype also has a thing for custom creations, considering that the designer opted for a pale violet lingerie set meant to replace the all-white original version.
By the looks of the Peruvian imaginary beauty queen, it’s safe to say that people in this country praise feminine ladies with voluptuous, pear-shaped body. Weighing approximately 141 pounds, this girl displays a rather small waist, average arms, and a prominent lower body with big thighs. Don’t expect to see a thigh gap here! Apparently, while this feature seems to be extremely desirable in Europe, in Peru it has nothing to do with the portrait of the flawless Peruvian woman. Take a closer look at the photo of the Peruvian prototype of the perfect lady, and you’ll also notice she has shorter, more naturally colored hair and an orangey skin tone.
8. The Philippines.
We have all the reasons in the world to believe that both men and women from the Philippines have a thing for doll-like ladies with a petite frame. The researchers involved in this project reached the conclusion that the beauty standards in this country are reflected by a prototype that weighs about 128 pounds. The stunning imaginary creature looks feminine and fragile due to her small-scale, delicate features. As expected, she is almost as petite as her Italian and Chinese counterparts; however, her body isn’t exactly skinny; she has a well-defined bust, thighs and arms that complement her firm belly, contributing to her overall healthy, radiant appearance.
In this Eastern European country, it looks like the ideal woman weighs about 146 pounds, and takes pride in a full set of well-balanced features, including curvy hips, round breasts, and an average waist that doesn’t rely on any dramatic retouching effects to exude femininity. The Romanian version of female physical perfection has a small, barely-there thigh gap, strong, well-sculpted legs and big arms. She also showcases a flat stomach, natural-looking chestnut hair, and a beautiful smile.
If you were to compare the Serbian model with the Romanian portrayal of female perfection, you would notice that the later one has a bigger booty, as well as a chubbier face. The Serbian designer who agreed to illustrate this country’s perception of beauty by getting involved in this project opted for a not-so-subtle face slimming effect; the imaginary Serbian girl has a perfect oval face with well-defined cheekbones; plus her upper body is skinnier. Weighing approximately 135 pounds, she has average thighs, perfectly toned arms, a generous chest, a retouched waist, and a flat stomach. Her dark brown hair creates a lovely contrast with her fair skin tone, somehow accentuating the beauty of her photoshopped body and facial features.
11. South Africa.
The South African women considered perfect by their country’s standards weigh approximately 131 pounds. Compared to their counterparts from other parts of the globe, they are shorter, and also display a smaller frame. Their bodies look slender and fragile, and feature skinny arms and legs, small thighs and hips, an average waist, and round breasts. If you were to take a closer look at this picture, you would probably be inclined to think that an oversized head was attached to a petite body. The South African prototype has a girlish appearance, and doesn’t flaunt the curves that most grownup women have been blessed with in most countries.
Women who feel insecure because of their curves and above-average weight should consider moving to Spain, where their full figures would definitely be celebrated every day of the week. This country’s submission was described by the researchers who developed this project as the “heaviest.” The voluptuous imaginary beauty queen envisioned by Spanish designers weighs no less than 153 pounds; however, she exudes charm, grace, femininity, and self-confidence though all her pores. She looks like she really loves her round, big hips and prominent thighs, which do a great job at complementing her generous bust, big arms, and round belly. You won’t see a thigh gap here, that’s for sure! Apparently, this feature isn’t exactly popular in this country; on the contrary, in Spain, men and women seem obsessed with the beauty of a healthy, full figure, and aren’t probably spending a fortune on custom dietary plans and gym memberships to pursue unrealistic standards of excellence in terms of physical perfection.
Are you curious to discover the features of the prototype that Mexican women aspire to? In this case, take a look at the retouched photo submitted by Mexican designers, and you’ll notice a few shocking changes. First of all, the virtual Mexican beauty pageant flaunts a darker tan that goes well with her raven hair. Secondly, the Mexican representatives chose to alter the original facial features of the model that was used as a blank canvas by all participants. Their creation has a slimmer face with perfectly defined cheekbones underlined by her straight, shoulder-length dark hair. When it comes to analyzing her body, we can’t help but notice that her slender upper body creates a lovely contrast with her heavier lower body. The Mexican icon in terms of physical perfection displays a set of toned, skinny arms, a small waist, and round hips with average thighs. If you’ll look for a thigh gap long enough, you’ll probably find it. Weighing roughly 128 pounds, the Mexican model considered ideal by most men and women illustrates beauty standards that are perfect achievable.
Are you tired of skin-thin, doll-like figurines that have nothing in common with the features of everyday women? In this case, you will probably fall in love with the image of the ideal woman submitted by Venezuelan designers. This lovely lady appears to be endowed with double D breast implants, which do a fantastic job at complementing her long, perfectly sculpted legs and waist. Don’t expect to see any stick-thin arms and legs here! The Venezuelan prototype is based on a delightful mix of voluptuous and athletic features; although she has a slightly larger frames- compared to the images submitted by Italy, China and the Philippines, she doesn’t look chubby or manly at all! On the contrary, this submission is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing ones, considering that it revolves around the portrayal of a well-balanced body with ultra-feminine features, including a generous bust, and strong and sexy arms whose fair skin tone creates a lovely contrast with the dark, natural-looking shade of her wavy, glamorous hair.