WHOA — talk about a difference in taste.
What characteristics does "the perfect man" possess? Does he have firm muscles, a six-pack and flawless hair? Or perhaps he's on the lankier side with zero facial hair and a little stomach?
We all have an ideal picture of "the perfect man." For some, he looks like Ryan Gosling. For others, he's more in the avenue of Johnny Depp. Still, maybe they prefer someone cuddlier like Ed Sheeran or James Corden. However he looks like, the ideal man is sometimes a beautiful reality, or an unattainable dream.
But in the search for the perfect man, we may forget that the quest for perfection leads to several body issues and insecurity.
Perceptions of Perfection is the viral project where female graphic designers from all over the world Photoshopped an image of a young woman, according to the traits that make her more attractive to the people in their countries. What resulted is a clear picture of the unrealistic beauty standards from various cultures.
It displayed strongly the different perceptions of beauty from each country, which contributes to an array of body issues among young women. And now, we see the impossible male standards.
"Fueled in part by the media and popular culture, men around the world may feel even more body image–related pressure than women do — pressure to be stronger or slimmer or more muscular," said the study.
Following the same methods as the first study, Superdrug asked male graphic designers from all over the world to Photoshop the photo of a man with the traits that would make him more attractive to the people in their countries.
Given the "original" man, this is what the graphic designers imagined the "ideal" man to look like:
1. Some countries like men who look "powerful."
2. Others prefer "slim" men "with abs."
3. Even facial features have specific requirements.
All images: Superdrug
Interestingly, a good majority of the submissions feature men with dark hair and stubble, and none were depicted as having dark skin.
"Our goal with this project is to fuel a revolution: to spark real change about body image, to empower people to prioritize health above appearance, and to promote body confidence around the world," says Superdrug.
Hopefully the study will bring light to the issues women and men have with impossible beauty standards.