‘Make Me Beautiful’: KCUR’s Esther Honig gets global attention in Photoshop challenge

estherEsther Honig, a KCUR contributer, has garnered worldwide attention for a challenge she issued to Photoshop enthusiasts: make her beautiful.

[T]he hope [is] that each designer will pull from their personal and cultural constructs of beauty to enhance my unaltered image, all I request is that they ‘make me beautiful’.

Photoshop allows us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more elusive.

The project, called Before & After, enlisted 25 freelancers from across the world.

Honig told Buzzfeed: “Seeing some jobs for the first time made me shriek… Other times images, like the one from Morocco, took my breath away because they were far more insightful than I could have expected.”

“What I’ve learned from the project is this: Photoshop [may] allow us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more illusive.”

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