It Happened Again! 1 Biracial Woman, 18+ Photoshopped Faces of Beauty
After Esther Honig became a household name with a viral face when she asked graphic designers in 25+ countries to photoshop her natural look, we started to really rethink our standards of global beauty. People around the world questioned, "What is beauty?" and "What does it mean to me and to my culture?"
Now, journalist Priscilla Yuki Wilson is adding to that weighted conversation. Priscilla is half Japanese, half black and has spent her life dealing with the question, "What are you?" Priscilla explains this on her blog, Offthewall Scenarios. She writes: "Growing up my Japanese mother would often tell me to wear sunblock and to stay out of the sun to avoid getting 'too dark.' Being that my father is Black, this paradox always troubled me because I was clearly a product of a radical racial union. In these subtle ways I was taught that my natural self did not comply with conventional standards set forth by society, saying fairer skin is better, straighter hair is more attractive, and that skinny tastes good."
To help shed light on this topic, she copied Ester's experiment and got designers in 18 countries plus one in the European Union to photoshop her biracial face according to their home's beauty standards. "I wanted to see how a face like mine would be transformed on the digital surgical table," she notes. She asked these designers: "Make me beautiful."
Here's what she theorises after seeing all the photos: "In contrast to Honig's results, where her face became a canvas to express more than a dozen contrasting beauty standards, I found that my face actually challenged the application of Photoshop in this instance. As a biracial woman, there is no standard of beauty or mould that can easily fit my face."
See the shocking results below!