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Inspiration

Photographer Travels The World to Photograph The Most Beautiful Women

By Hanssie on February 27th 2015

Beauty is everywhere. As photographers, we know this intrinsically. We see beauty in places the world might overlook – the rusty underside of a wall, the discolored textures of broken glass exposed to the elements, a salty, dry old river bed…beauty, it is in the eye of the beholder.

What is beauty though? Is it in high cheekbones, a strong jawline, long hair, symmetrical features…is it all of it? None of it?

[REWIND: ‘MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL’ – PHOTOSHOP SERIES EXAMINES BEAUTY STANDARDS IN 25 COUNTRIES]

Platoul tibetan, China

Platoul tibetan, China

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc is looking for beauty around the world. Two years ago, she left her “boring job,” took her backpack and camera and started to travel the world with her savings. Mihaela began taking portraits of “natural women” in their various cultures to show that beauty is diverse and our differences is what makes women worldwide, beautiful.

I want to photograph women from each country of the world, to show that beauty is everywhere.

Miheala has traveled to 6 of the 7 continents in 37 countries. Through “Brazilian Favelas, rough neighborhoods of Colombia, in an Iranian mosque, on the Tibetan Plateau, in the biggest Buddhist temple of Myanmar, in the Amazon Rainforest, but also in fancy areas of Oxford, in downtown New York or in the suburbs of Sydney,” Miheala looked for women with natural faces, not a lot of makeup, if at all, and worked on capturing women she meets on the streets or through social media. Focusing on women in her age group in this project, she hopes to one day photograph women in other age groups as well and continue her mission to be “a mirror of our diverse societies and an inspiration for people that try to remain authentic.

Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Iran

Iran

Showing that beauty is indeed everywhere and transcends makeup, wealth, race and social status, Miheala is demonstrating to the world that a women’s beauty comes, not from a trend, nor from an airbrushed, overly fluffed, painted, teased and coiffed cover girl, but from diversity.

Miheala will be beginning a new quest this June to new adventures and new places. After that she will have enough images to publish her images of beauty into a book. To support her quest check out her IndieGoGo campaign here, where you can choose her next destinations. To read more about it, click here.  Find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Colombia

Colombia

El Paico, Chile

El Paico, Chile

Kichwa woman in Amazonian rainforest

Kichwa woman in Amazonian rainforest

Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

Maori-New Zealand

Maori-New Zealand

Romania

Romania

Sankt Petersburg, Russia

Sankt Petersburg, Russia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

CREDITS: Photographs by Mihaela Noroc are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via So Bad So Good]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
Hanssie@slrlounge.com

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great project

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  2. Shu Yen Kor

    I think the photographer to a certain extent imposed her own perceived idea of beauty of other cultures.
    I don’t fault her for it.
    I think it reflects our limitations in the ability to understand others.

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  3. Vince Arredondo

    It’s a very nice project indeed

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  4. Richard Hammer

    They are all indeed beautiful. I love how clean and unfussy the images are.

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  5. James Rogen

    sure when he does it he gets an article written about him, when I do it all i get is slapped on the subway

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  6. Duc Hong

    really love the idea of going around the world and taking natural beauty of women. Wish her all the best

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  7. Rieshawn Williams

    Great concept. I really would be interested in purchasing this book. Wish I could quit my job! :-)

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  8. Barry Cunningham

    Great concept.
    Like all the beautiful women I know, they actually have some skin texture.
    Unfortunately, unlike the women I know, I won’t have chance to talk to them, get to know them, and discover how they are beautiful.
    Such are the limits of photography.
    Perhaps Miheala’s stories about these women in her book will overcome some of these limits.

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