Photos: Perception Of Beauty in Different Cultures

Photos: Perception Of Beauty in Different Cultures Perception Of Beauty in Different Cultures

Women aren't alone in facing a societal pressure to look good.

In a new project inspired by journalist Esther Honig as well as last year's female-focused "Perceptions of Perfection," UK-based online doctor service Superdrug sent out a challenge to freelance designers around the world to make a male photographer's picture look more attractive.

"Men suffer equally with women around low body confidence as many strive to attain a standard of ‘attractiveness,'" Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England, said in the study. "[It is] both often unobtainable and, as this report shows, driven by cultural perceptions and advertising ideals."

The Superdrug team received responses from 19 different countries around the world, from Nigeria to Indonesia. Some of the designers in countries like Australia kept the photographer in the picture looking pretty much the same while others in Egypt or the United States made him look almost unrecognizable.

Keep reading to see how 19 designers from around the world envision male beauty.

Here was the untouched image of the New York photographer who agreed to have his picture sent around the world. The Superdrug team sent it to freelance graphic designers with the message, "Photoshop and retouch this man to make him more attractive to the people of your country."

Here was the untouched image of the New York photographer who agreed to have his picture sent around the world. The Superdrug team sent it to freelance graphic designers with the message, "Photoshop and retouch this man to make him more attractive to the people of your country."

11 women and eight men responded from 19 countries and across six continents. South Africa's designer gave the male photographer defined abs.

The designers were all freelance and Superdrug did not disclose how much they were paid for their work. Here, Colombia trimmed the photographer's waistline and gave him a tan.

One of the most altered photos was from Egypt where nearly everything about the man was changed, from his hair to his body.

The Pakistan designer cleaned up most of the man's body hair, trimmed his waist, and evened out the skin tone.

The final image from the Russian designer included flowing blonde hair.

The designer from Spain trimmed the male photographer's waistline as well as his jawline.

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