Women are under a lot of pressure these days. From Victoria's Secret models to fashion magazines, it seems us ladies are always fed one particular body type and (with a few exceptions) the models are usually skinny, skinny, white and skinny.
And that's just in the U.S.
Superdrug Online Doctor, a UK-based online pharmaceutical-ordering website, sought to answer one question: How do beauty perceptions vary around the world? They asked designers from 18 different counties to Photoshop a stock image of a woman to fit their country's standard of beauty. Or, as their project's title suggests, make her fit each country's "Perceptions of Perfection."
"Widely held perceptions of beauty and perfection can have a deep and lasting cultural impact on both women and men," the project's site said. "The goal of this project is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world."
They also conducted a survey, asking people to guess the weight of the Photoshopped woman in each image and the results were harrowing. Some of the edits translated to dangerously low BMIs, China's in particular, with the "ideal" body rendering a woman merely 102 pounds — anorexic for her height.
Of course, not every country thinks that super-thin, flat stomachs are the norm, however (Spain had the highest BMI). But the war on body image won't be over until there is no perfect body. Just bodies and beauty in many forms.
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