People feel the constant need to change their appearance in order to be 'beautiful,' and this goes so far that it actually damages people both mentally and physically.


Recently, a UK-based online doctor service asked graphic designers from around the world to photoshop the picture below.

The Original, Unaltered Photo



What they wanted to see was what appearance was deemed attractive in other countries. In their own words, they said: "Our own research found that 40% of men in the UK felt pressure from television and magazines to have a ‘perfect’ body and this has negative effects on how they view themselves and others."

The resulting photos from this experiment are extremely interesting.

Australia



Bangladesh



China



Colombia



Egypt



Indonesia



Nigeria



Pakistan



Philippines



Portugal



Russia



South Africa



Spain



United Kingdom



United States



You can see all of the countries that were included in the study below:



WHAT DOES THE IDEAL MAN LOOK LIKE? THE ANSWER MAY DEPEND ON WHERE YOU LIVE.

We all know that health, body confidence, and wellbeing matter more than appearance. In order to better understand body image issues around the world, we asked graphic designers – 11 women and eight men – in 19 different countries to Photoshop our guy (a New York photographer who courageously provided his self-portrait) to produce their own version of an attractive man for their country.

Our previous Perceptions of Perfection study (inspired by by journalist Esther Honig’s project Before & After) focused on sometimes-unrealistic standards of female beauty – and judging by how quickly it went viral, it strongly resonated with people.

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