An experiment reveals how the man is physically perfect in 19 countries
Last year, a group of doctors residing in the United Kingdom asked 19 graphic designers from different countries to touch up with "photoshop" the image of a woman to represent the beauty standards of different countries. For it Graphic photography was sent to a woman's photograph (original image) .
The result represented the perception of the "perfect woman", a collection of retouched snapshots that allowed to visualize the difference between the tastes of different countries. The designers changed the shape of the body, the hair and even their facial features.
New experiment: the ideal man
Considering the repercussion that the experiment had worldwide, the portal Superdrug Online Doctor He has carried out a new experiment that he has baptized as "Perceptions of Perfection Part II: What image does the ideal man have?". the same test is carried out, but this time with the male sex . To know what the perfect man is like, the answer will depend on where we live. The canon of beauty will not be the same in Spain as in Egypt.
And although other factors such as health or self-confidence are also important in defining the perfect man, this experiment has only focused on the physical aspect. To carry it out, they contacted different graphic designers, 11 women and 8 men, to manipulate the image of a photographer from New York (United States), and gave them the same instructions as in the case of the experiment to define the woman perfect in different countries.
Men also suffer problems of perception of body image
We usually talk about the problems of perception of body image that affect women, and when we talk about pathologies such as anorexia or bulimia, we rarely take into account that men also suffer for their body. Surely the disorder that is associated with men is the vigorexia , but it is often overlooked.
In the West, men also suffer from the influence of the media regarding the beauty canon, and, like women, trust around the body can be negative, since Many strive to achieve a level of physical attractiveness that is often impossible to achieve . This study demonstrates the cultural influence and publicity on the perceptions of people.
The photographs of the experiment
Then you can see the original image and the retouched images of the experiment.
This is the original image of the experiment that was sent to all graphic designers. The image was not manipulated in any way: you are before a real man,
Physically, the Australian differs from the original because it has more youthful features. In addition, it has a rounder face and a little more color.
The boy from Bangladesh is somewhat thinner and has a darker skin tone. Wear a different underpants to the original. For some reason, the bangladeshi designer considered that the change of swimsuit especially favored the model.
The Chinese are much thinner and their eyes have been adapted to be more slanted, more typically Oriental. In general, its features have been photoshoped to make them characteristic of that country.
The one in Colombia is somewhat thinner, with a more rectangular face. The skin tone is clear.
The croatian also has fair skin, but is thinner and stronger in the upper train.
The Egyptian has a body of film, with abdominals and pectorals very marked. The skin is dark and has more hair than the original model.
The Indonesian also has a darker skin tone and is thinner than the original.
The one in Macedonia is quite white in skin and very thin. Interestingly, the designer decided to change the position of the arms.
The one from Nigeria has a rockier physique and very dark skin. His hairstyle has also been altered: in this case it is more rounded than the original.
The one from Pakistan also has a strong physique with big arms and shoulders. But unlike the previous one, it has white skin.
The one in the Philippines has very strong abdominals and a rounder face. On this occasion, the arms look a little unnatural.
The one in Portugal has a more rectangular face and has a darker skin color than the original
The Russian has a strong body, with well-worked arms, shoulders and chest. In addition, the designer has been allowed to put a blonde hair.
The Serbian has a robust look and has a tribal tattoo on his arm.
The South African has a more youthful look with a well-worked abdominal area, in addition to a dark skin tone.
Spanish is quite similar to the original, but a little more stylized. It does not seem that the designer broke his head when it came to transforming the image.
The British is thinner than the original. It is striking that it has a slightly darker color than Spanish.
The American has a very athletic body and a very Californian aesthetic, toupee included. It seems fresh out of a movie of surfers.
The designer from Venezuela has also opted for a strong physique, even with marked abs, and a clear skin tone.
Some conclusions ...
Possibly, this study is not entirely representative, because for each country there was only one graphic designer who reflected his transformation on the original model. This means that the representation of each nationality expresses the subjective vision of each designer, and therefore it does not allow us to distinguish faithfully which are the most coveted aesthetic attributes in each country .
However, the results that have been presented indicate some cultural preferences. For example, the athletic body of the United States or the thin physique of the Chinese model. Be that as it may, it is a curious 'experiment' and, perhaps, it helps us to rethink certain things.