The standard of beauty varies around the world. Beauty is both biological and cultural, and one can agree that each ethnicity has its own “ideal” versions of beauty. The stick-thin models put on a pedestal may not be as favored in other countries because some like their ladies plump. Like they say, ‘real women have curves’.
One company conducted a study to determine the standard of beauty from 18 countries around the world. The U.K. online pharmacist company, Superdrug Online Doctors set up a project called “Perceptions of Perfection” to explore these different cultural ideas of beauties around the world. The company hired 18 designers (14 women and four men) from different countries to Photoshop the same stock image of a woman to fit their respective country’s beauty standards. The company also created a chart showing the estimated weight and body mass index (BMI) of the Photoshopped model by country. Their goal was to promote understanding and enlighten consumers around the world. To begin with, the original reference photo was a stock photo from Photoshop. The hired designers were The designers were allowed to play with the size of her waist, hair, face, and even shoe choice. Read on to see the interesting results.
Argentinian women commonly have angelic features and sky blue eyes. Typically they require little to no makeup to enhance their looks because they are born beautiful. Most Argentinian women have flawless skin and perfect figures. They all look like they could be on a billboard. They are also low maintenance compared to other Latin countries as they do not spend much time and fortune on personal beauty products. The Superdrug Online Doctors estimated the BMI of the photoshopped image, which was 21.1 and weighed 127 lbs. The BMI was within normal range. We can see from the photo that the photoshopped one was slimmer from head to toe with a very prominent thigh gap which most women covet. The skin was also a little bit on the sunkissed side.
Captivating Ukranian women take great care in being presentable and are always mindful of their physical appearance. Unlike other European countries, Ukraine is not as developed. There are modern cities in the country but it’s not up to par, unlike their rich neighbors. Unfortunately, the women are stereotyped as mail order brides. Maybe it’s because of their country’s low economic status. Most women usually want to leave their country for a better life. But despite that, these women are considered to be very caring and nurturing. Physically, the Superdrug Online Doctors, measured them to have the third lowest BMI among the list, which is 20 and weighing 120 lbs., but still within normal range. Physically, most Ukrainian women have fair skin and longer hair is favored.
Colombia has been sensationalized around the world for the most part. But despite the bad press, people around the world still turn their heads for the beautiful Colombian women. Since Colombia has such mixed race, the beauty of Colombian women is also diverse. Their skin color ranges from black, olive, to fair-skinned women. The women also take their time to put on makeup and dress in a trendy fashion. Education ranks high in the life of these women and is very family-oriented. Religion plays also an important role in their lives, especially in decision-making. They are ranked second to the last with the highest BMI at 24.5 and weighing 147 lbs, still within normal limits. The Colombian women favor hourglass figures with a long, wavy and well-kept hair.
Spanish women are said to be the best lovers in the world. They are also fun to be with than they get credit for. These women are also said to be quite loud. In fact, Spain is considered the second noisiest country next to Japan. They are very sociable and love social gatherings. Physically, Spanish women are also diverse because of the influx of immigrants in the country. They are also known to be on the curvier side. In fact, the study concluded that they have the highest BMI among the group with a value of 25.5 and weighing 153 lbs. It’s a little on the overweight side but they are proud of their full figures. They are very high maintenance in every aspect and have an aristocratic feel on how they carry themselves. Spanish women are very proud of their heritage. They are also very opinionated and express their feelings openly.
The beauty of Egyptian women has long been revered since the ancient times. The most famous Egyptian woman would be Cleopatra and a mesmerizing beauty comes to mind. 90% of Egyptian women are Muslims although they quite lenient compared to other Islamic countries. They also have more rights and can wear whatever they want to a certain extent. Typically, an average Egyptian woman will have olive to brown skin, black hair, and dark eye color. In the photoshopped image, the woman has a very curvy figure with a prominent hip to waist ratio difference. We’re not sure if a typical Egyptian woman is that curvy since most of them wear traditional Islamic clothing. The BMI result was average with an index of 22 and weighing 132 lbs. Among the list, this country had one of the most drastic changes in the group.