For the past two years, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc has been traveling the globe in search of female subjects for her photography seriesThe Atlas of Beauty. The project features women of various ethnicities, cultures, religions, ages and races, and is meant to highlight the diversity of natural feminine beauty.
She's travelled everywhere from North Korea, to Cuba, to Mongolia, to Kyrgyzstan, to India to America. Through the lens of her camera, she has been able to capture a window into each of these worlds, revealing that every woman is beautiful in their own way.
Below are just a few images from Noroc's Instagram, accompanied by captions written by her.
"Afghanistan in July. Now I'm in India with #TheAtlasOfBeauty..."
"Sinuiju, North Korea in September."
"Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in August."
"Before her performance in a traditional show, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan."
"Colombian with Lebanese origins, photographed during my first journey around the world in Cali, Colombia."
"Wakhi woman, Afghanistan."
"Cluj, in the heart of Transylvania, Romania."
"Shiraz, Iran in my first journey around the world. Soon I will start my second journey because The Atlas of Beauty needs more portraits before becoming a book."
"Peru #TheAtlasOfBeauty three days to go."
"She's a wonderful artist from Australia and a beautiful mother. That's why I wanted to post this photo in a special moment. Happy Women's Day!"
"Tibetan woman for #TheAtlasofBeauty."
"She was walking on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal together with her son. She didn't speak english, but he did. 'I want to photograph your mother.' I told him.
'Why?' He asked me.
'Because she is beautiful!' I replied.
He proudly smiled and looked at his mother: 'Yes, she is!'
"She's Turkish and I photographed her in June, in Istanbul."
"Today is the National Day of my beautiful country. I love to travel around the world, I love to capture the diversity of our planet, but for me there is only one home and its name is Romania."