In an effort to show that beauty is everywhere, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc set off on a journey around the world photographing women and highlighting their cultures for a project she calls, The Atlas Of Beauty.
In a statement sent to Women You Should Know, Mihaela told us about her inspiration for the project and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
I’m a 29 years old female photographer from Romania that quit her boring job and started a new life. Two years ago I took my backpack, my camera and begun to travel around the globe, with savings made in years of working. In this journey I photographed hundreds of natural women surrounded by their culture. My project is about our planet’s diversity shown through portraits of women.
I took pictures with women in many different places from all continents, except Antarctica. I captured beauty in Brazilian favelas, rough neighbourhoods of Colombia, in an Iranian mosque, on the Tibetan Plateau, in the biggest Buddhist temple of Myanmar, in the Amazon Rainforest, but also in fancy areas of Oxford, England, downtown New York, USA, and in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
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 trends 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.
Some people ask me why I only take photos with young women and don’t try to cover other ages too. Through “The Atlas of Beauty,” I wish to compare the faces of the world and to show that all the women from my photos have something beautiful. But the comparison has to be made using similar conditions and so I choose only photograph one age group, the one that I’m part of. I would love to cover other age groups too, but I want to do it properly. Until now I didn’t have the money and the time to do it. I think beauty is not about age, it is more about being natural and sincere.
My goal is to continue and take photos of women from each country of the globe, making “The Atlas Of Beauty” a mirror of our diverse societies and an inspiration for people that try to remain authentic.
I think everybody has to cultivate their own beauty. In the end an original is always better than a copy. I hope my project will remain a witness of my generation’s cultures and traditions.
Nasir al-Mulik, Iran
Colca Valley, Peru
New York, USA
Kichwa woman in Amazonian Rainforest
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
To continue her worldwide effort to capture women’s beauty around the world, Mihaela has launched an Indiegogo campaign. We encourage you to check it out.