In June, we told you about Esther Honig’s photoshop project. Honig, a Caucasian woman, sent a makeup-free picture of herself to 40 photo retouchers around the world. Her request was simple: make me look beautiful. The extremely different results she got back from artists around the world illustrated how widely ideas of beauty vary from culture to culture.
Priscilla Yuki Wilson, a journalist with Japanese and African American heritage, saw Honig’s project and decided to replicate it. As she wrote in a recent blog post, her results were quite different.
"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," Wilson wrote. "As a biracial woman there is no standard of beauty or mold that can easily fit my face."
Wilson sent her picture off to artists in 18 different countries for retouching. Like Honig, she had one request for the artists: make me look beautiful. Here are the results: