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These Portraits Of Women Around The World Prove There's No One Way To Be Beautiful

by Pascale Day Published on 3 February 2016

Photographer Mihaela Noroc had one goal with her new book The Atlas Of Beauty: to capture the beauty of the world. And she did just that - her new book looks at what it means to be beautiful in different countries and cultures. The looks may vary wildly but one thing is remains: these ladies are gorgeous.

Here at SoFeminine, we're all about celebrating women's beauty, which is why we absolutely love Mihaela Noroc's new book. 'The Atlas Of Beauty' is a result of Noroc quitting her job in Romania in favour of touring the world with just her savings, a backpack and her camera. She travelled to 37 different countries and found beauty in all different shapes and sizes, photographing natural women in their own culture.

My first days in India, with The Atlas Of Beauty. It's gonna be a colourful journey.

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Nov 5, 2015 at 9:21am PST

The women portrayed in Mihaela's book challenge the beauty ideals set out by fashion magazines, showing that there is no one way to be beautiful. Her photography strips down the scene, requires no hair and beauty expertise, to capture women as natural as possible. What we're left with is an elegant and honest portrayal of cultures through the portraits of their women.

​All the women in her project are different and unique, although Mihaela sometimes found it hard to convince some of them to agree to the photographs. She told The Independent: “There were funny moments when I was showing them my photos and they didn’t believe that they were taken by me. The fact that I’m a woman too helped a lot. In the beginning, I was really nervous and I was taking all the refusals personally.”

The experiment taught Mihaela a valuable lesson when it comes to being beautiful. She told The Huffington Post: "Now I can say that beauty is everywhere, and it's not a matter of cosmetics, money, race or social status, but more about being yourself... Global directions make us look and behave the same, but we are all beautiful because we are different. In the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the beholder is always somebody else."

I just started the second journey around the world, with The Atlas of Beauty. Yesterday, in Istanbul, Turkey.

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Jun 24, 2015 at 1:20pm PDT

The Atlas of Beauty is a constant work in progress, a journey that will likely be a never ending one for Mihaela. But mapping the world by its women is essentially a passion project and a labour of love. As well as her book, Mihaela also has an Instagram and Facebook page, where you can see even more of her stunning work. Check out our favourites below.

#Singapore #theatlasofbeauty #travel #world #beauty #diversity

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Dec 29, 2014 at 10:34pm PST

#NewYork, 2014, during my first journey #AroundTheWorld with #TheAtlasOfBeauty

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Nov 22, 2015 at 9:30am PST

Today in Delhi, India. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #India

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Nov 11, 2015 at 8:48am PST

She moved from Cyprus to Istanbul, Turkey to study acting. #TheAtlasOfBeauty

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Sep 20, 2015 at 6:36am PDT

German student in Oxford, UK.

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Jun 8, 2015 at 1:43pm PDT

Cluj, in the heart of Transylvania, Romania.

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on May 25, 2015 at 9:52am PDT

In my lovely city Bucharest, Romania.

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on May 14, 2015 at 11:41am PDT

#kichwa #woman for #TheAtlasofBeauty in #Amazon #jungle #Ecuador #naturallight

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Feb 13, 2015 at 10:21pm PST

#SanFrancisco #USA for #TheAtlasofBeauty #naturallight #naturalbeauty #nomakeup #travel

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:10pm PST

#Colombia #TheAtlasofBeauty

A photo posted by Author of THE ATLAS OF BEAUTY (@mihaelanoroc) on Feb 25, 2015 at 12:58am PST

What do you think of Mihaela's project? Let us know! @sofeminineUK

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