Mit dem Projekt “Atlas Of Beauty” wollte die rumänische Fotografin Mihaela Noroc zeigen, dass wir vor allem wegen unserer Unterschiede schön sind. In einer kapitalistisch ausgerichteten und globalisierten Welt besteht nämlich die Gefahr, dass alle Menschen nur ein einziges Schönheitsideal verfolgen und irgendwann gleich aussehen, so die Fotografin.

Die Bilder zeigen Frauen von natürlichen Gesichtern ohne Schminke in ihrem gewohnten Umfeld. Mihaela Noroc hat vor allem deswegen junge Frauen gewählt, damit die Gesichter der Welt besser verglichen werden können. Denn sie ist überzeugt, dass Schönheit nichts mit dem Alter zu tun hat.

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They are surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountains and live in a very isolated environment. It takes a lot of time to get to their spectacular region, but it’s definitely worth the effort. The Pamiris don’t have their own country and live in a mountainous area which stretches from eastern Tajikistan, to northeastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and western China. With their thick eyebrows, colourful outfits, elegance and amazing strength, Pamiri women are part of one of the most particular ethnic groups in the world. Most of them follow Nizari Ismailism and often blend beautiful traditions with liberal views about the world. I took this photo last year in Gorno-Badakhshan which is an autonomous region of #Tajikistan. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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Although Europe is one of the most modern places on earth, there are still communities here that keep their traditional celebrations. During these festivities, many people that normally dress modern, wear their traditional outfits, sometimes inherited from their ancestors. What is interesting is that besides older generations, many young people attend this festivals and keep in touch with their traditions. I visited such communities in Romania, Greece and a few days ago in Portugal. She is Carolina, from Viana do Castelo, a town from Northern Portugal. I took this photo a few days ago during the festivities of Our Lady of Agony, a celebration that dates from the 18th century. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Portugal

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Magda is from Bucharest, Romania, where I photographed her one month ago. In 2005 she experienced a terrible car accident, as a passenger. In most parts of the world, people in wheelchairs are condemned to isolation by authorities. While traveling around the planet I visited tens of countries where you don’t see them at all, in public areas. Why? Because in all those places, leaving your home in a wheelchair is almost an impossible mission due to that lack of infrastructure. But Magda wants to change the way people in wheelchairs are treated, at least in her country, through some amazing initiatives. Since a few years ago she regularly organises an event dedicated to beauty where the protagonists are women in wheelchairs. Her goal is to show that they are all talented, capable and beautiful. Through this initiative, Magda changed many lives, giving more confidence to many wonderful women. In the meantime some of them started families and became mothers. Magda is also the mother of a six-year-old daughter. I feel privileged when I meet people like her. Through their passion, strength and generosity they make the world a better place. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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I met Ayça two days ago, on the streets of Izmir, Turkey, where she was visiting her relatives. While walking along the sea, she told me a bit about the history of her family. Back in the 60’s, her grandfather was considered the first Turkish immigrant worker in Germany. In 1970 the German President invited him to the New Year’s Reception of the German Chancellor to honour him for that. Exactly 40 years later, Ayça’s father was also invited by the German President to the New Year’s Reception. He was honoured as a perfect example for integration and naturalisation. Although he came to Germany as a worker’s son without any German language skills, he studied medicine, worked hard and became a successful ophthalmological surgeon. Ayça feels both German and Turkish and she’s a wonderful example about how you can integrate in a new society while also celebrating your origins. Now she studies health economics in Germany and her goal is to work in an aid organisation and help people in need from around the world. #Turkey #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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Tibetan woman for #TheAtlasofBeauty

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

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

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Maria from #Maramures #Romania for #TheAtlasofBeauty #travel #tradition #diversity

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A beautiful donut seller in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. #TheAtlasOfBeauty

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