Plus-Size Woman Gets Photoshopped Based On 21 Cultures' Idea Of Beauty (Photos)
Another day, another Photoshop challenge.
We've seen what happens when strangers are asked to Photoshop a woman they've never met based on their ideal of beauty -- on more than one occasion, actually -- but Marie Southard Ospina's Photoshop challenge is a bit different than any we've seen before.
Similar to the past experiments (the first conducted by Esther Honig and the second by journalist Pricilla Yuki Wilson), Ospina asked strangers around the world to edit a photograph of her to make her what they would consider “beautiful.”
What differs from the previous challenges is that Ospina identifies herself as plus-size, adding a new, unaddressed element to the table.
Ospina admits that her take on the social beautifying experiment was influenced by both Honig and Wilson, as well as by her own knowledge about the Ugandan Hima Tribe, in which “being fat is still considered a sign of prosperity, health, wealth, and/or grace.”
I'm…aware that the notion 'thin is the only beautiful' doesn't permeate the entirety of the world… So, inspired by Honig and Yuki, and my own perceptions of weight and beauty, I decided to replicate their original experiments — with a plus-sized twist.
She sent out an untouched, makeup-free portrait of herself to 21 Photoshop experts around the globe.
Below, you'll see what they chose to do.
I'll let you come to your own conclusions, but if you're interested in seeing Ospina's reaction, you can read her overview of the experiment here.