What The 'Ideal' Woman Looks Like Around The World

Photo: Superdrug Online Doctor
What 'Perfect' Female Body Types Look Like Around The World
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Beauty can come in many different forms. What one person find's attractive or beautiful in another is entirely subjective, but how does one country or culture's perception of beauty differ from another? Is what's considered beautiful in Italy the same as Mexico?

More specifically, what are the "perfect" or "ideal" female body types around the world?

The folks at Superdrug Online Doctors wanted to know the answer to that very question. To do so, they conducted a study wherein they commissioned graphic designers in 18 countries to take part in their effort to investigate perceptions of beauty around the world.

"The goal of this project," they explain, "is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world."

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The selected designers were all given the same image of one woman, along with these instructions:

"Photoshop her form. The idea is to Photoshop and retouch this woman to make her more attractive to the citizens of your country. We are looking to explore how perceptions of beauty change across the world. Multiple designers are involved. You can modify the clothing, but her form must be visible. No nudity. All other changes, including those to her shape and form are up to you."

Here is the original image:

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The creators of the study originally sought out only female graphic designers, saying they wanted "a woman's view of what her culture finds attractive and to understand more about the pressures they face."

However, to get more entries from a wider range of countries, they eventually accepted contributions from four men, with the caveat that they "first seek input from women and base their design changes on this feedback."

Here are the resulting images showing the "perfect" female body types in 18 countries around the world:

1. Argentina

2. China

3. Colombia

4. Egypt

5. Italy

6. Mexico

7. Netherlands

8. Peru

9. Phillippines

10. Romania

11. Serbia

12. South Africa

13. Spain

14. Syria

15. United Kingdom

16. United States of America

17. Ukraine

18. Venezuela

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Once the results were in, the researchers also conducted a brief survey to estimate the corresponding weights, heights and BMI measurements of the body sizes depicted in each image,

Here are those results:

All photos courtesy of Superdrug Online Doctor

If it were possible, it would be fun to do this kind of study, but instead of the ideal woman for various countries, to focus on women throughout centuries.

What was considered beautiful in the time of Henry VIII certainly doesn't match ideal beauty from societies in the 1800s, as each historical period had its own ideas on what they considered beautiful.

And of course, let's bring on the men!

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Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and teacher who loves writing and performing personal narratives. She's had pieces in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman's Day, Purple Clover, Bustle, and is a regular contributor to Ravishly and YourTango. Check out her website or her Facebook page.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on August 27, 2015 and was updated with the latest information.