One Woman Was Photoshopped to Fit 18 Different Countries’ Ideas of “Beauty”

    If I were to be honest, the worldly ideals of beauty are a bit of a moving target. The beauty industry is driven off of a woman’s insecurities to get the look she doesn’t have by nature. We’re conditioned to think “Maybe if I were lighter/darker/curlier/straighter/bigger/smaller, I’d be perfect.” The list goes on with this endless reaching and that really is the deception of “the god of this world” in war against the perfect image God has made his daughters out to be.

    We know that in the art world, no two masterpieces are the same or in competition with one another. They’re beautiful because of their unique differences, and that’s what I think of when God created each of us. We were never meant to fit a “type” and beauty was never supposed to be categorized. It was always supposed to be unique according to the qualities and traits you carry and understanding that no one else can be you. That is your beauty.

    I think these verses summarize it best:


    You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. (Song of Solomon 4:7)

    But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

    Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)


    Well, recently, one woman’s body was Photoshopped to fulfill 18 different countries’ perceptions of “beauty” and each photo is almost unrecognizable from the original image. This experiment is a real eye-opener to that moving target of cultural pressures of image among women and how unrealistic these standards are.

    Fractl contracted 18 individual freelance designers with these basic instructions:

    “Photoshop her form. The idea is to Photoshop and retouch this woman to make her more attractive to the citizens of your country. We are looking to explore how perceptions of beauty change across the world. Multiple designers are involved. You can modify clothing, but her form must be visible. No nudity. All other changes, including those to her shape and form, are up to you.”



    What are your thoughts, ladies, and how do YOU define beauty?

    Brittney Moses
    Brittney Moses
    Brittney Moses is a Los Angeles native, passionate about seeing this generation live wholeheartedly on purpose. While pursuing Clinical Psychology, she leverages her platform to reduce stigma, educate and assist with helpful information on the integration of faith and mental health. Still, her favorite part of life is being called Mommy to her sweet son Austin.


    1. I hate how the world as so many expectations of girls. The truth is that we are all beautiful, skinny or not skinny, curvy or not curvy, pimples or no pimples, etc., and God sees us that way. <3

    2. It’s incredible to see what the “ideal” for beauty is in different countries, or in one country but across time. The truly beautiful One is God, and He says that we are precious and made in His own image. That makes every single one of us beautiful! I am not the “ideal” American girl. I’m only 5’2″ curvy, and have to work very hard in both exercise and diet to keep extra weight off. One of my friends is close to 6 feet tall, very skinny with acne. But both of us are daughters of the One True King. We are precious in His sight, and we have personalities that are worth getting to know. Height, weight, shape, etc do NOT have to define the person you are inside, so don’t let it. Remember, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” ~John 15:19 The world may hate and scorn us for not following it’s standards, but God will love us no matter what, and we will find a brighter, more confident life in following God.

    3. This is also partly how people naturally look in different places. Many Chinese women have a small physique. I am Italian and have a built small and thin. So it’s not necessarily the expectations; it’s what is normal in the country.

    4. Beauty comes from within, not what some model says that beauty comes from you looking “beautiful” or what the world says you have to look like or what you are wearing. No, true beauty is what is on the inside. And you know, that beauty from within, will show on the outside too!!!

    5. Wow. Just shows how POINTLESS it is to change how you look. If you’re what is described as an attractive lady from Italy and move to Egypt, well, you won’t be considered pretty there. Luckily, God thinks we’re flawless and really cares about the inside, not how you look in Egypt. God made you unique and different, be content with how you are!
      In the end, it’s those with the biggest, most compassinate hearts that stand out to me. God’s beauty just shines through!!

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