Graphic designers from 18 different countries took this photo of a woman and photo-shopped it so that she represents the “perfect woman” in their respective country. See all the different versions here.
This perfectly shows how beauty standards and ideals vary drastically across countries and cultures. With that, body shaming comments actually have no ground. What is considered beautiful in one country might not be in another and vice versa. So, next time think twice, keep negative comments to yourself. Beauty is relative, in the end we are all beautiful if we only want to.
I’d be curious what the same experiment looked like for men. By now we should have realised that body consciousness isn’t only a women’s issue but men struggle being confronted with beauty ideals as well. I talked a little about that in an article about the “The Perfect Man” underwear commercial.