I came across Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc’s work today, when her project “Atlas of Beauty” was featured in an online article from cnn. Noroc has travelled the globe in order to capture the face of beauty, which just goes to prove that beauty is not defined by one singular definition, race, culture, country, or ethnicity and is not bound by any walls society tries to put up. Noroc who has travelled to 37 countries thus far, travelling on her own expenses, but hopes to continue working on her project through donations. (FYI: you can donate here if interested) Noroc is also active on instagram and facebook.

As a woman of color, this project excites me so much. I grew up in a generation where black and hispanic faces were only slowly making their way on television and asians were really no where to be seen, save in extremely stereotypical roles with clanging gongs following every entrance and exit made by said character. And although we are still not where we should be as a society, today there are at least a few asian faces that I can look to in Western cinema and television.

But let me rewind and explain why it is so detrimental to not be able to see yourself represented in your own country – your own culture. As a minority, I can tell you why I never found myself to be beautiful as a child. It is because I was never shown examples of beautiful asian women. I was only confronted with blond haired blue eyed girls gracing the page of seventeen magazine – which clearly didn’t do anything to help me learn to apply makeup on my asian eyes. Because of this, my brain made the connection that blonde haired blue eyed women were beautiful (they are!) but the thought process ended there. Had I were also to have seen faces of other races as well I would have thought – wow, WOMEN are just goddamned stunning. Instead, I turned to Asian cinema and music for much of my adolescence in order to look for female role models who looked like me. And although I am happy to have had that source, I would have been happier encountering those faces on MY television in America, instead of having to go out of my own culture – which, by the way does actually consist of an array of different faces, despite being grossly misrepresented in the media.

I love Noroc’s project because it allows all women to find their own beauty in all of these women. It breaks down walls and standards of what we are told is beautiful, and what we may have even been brainwashed into thinking is beautiful. Because every single goddamned one of the women in Noroc’s project are beautiful and strong. This is not a superficial representation of women as objects to look at, but an empowering project which can help all women to grow to look happily at what they see when they look into a mirror and see themselves staring back at them – hopefully this time with a smile on their face.

original cnn article
View Noroc’s work here

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Rae Tilly

Rae the EIC of LFB and YEOJA Magazine. She is also a photographer and social media influencer.


  • Anita

    Woooow! These pics are amazing!!

    Love it


  • Wow! She is amazing at what she does! Those photographs are fantastic!
    I also wanted to tell you that you are beautiful! Absolutely. :)

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    All these looks are gorgeous :D



  • These pictures really reflect the beauty of women regardless of race or skin color, awesome! Gorgeous and inspiration, thanks for sharing!


  • Everyone looks absolutely gorgeous – so lovely seeing all these pots and seeing the differences and uniqueness which makes everyone beautiful! :)

    Layla xx


  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    Wow, these photos are all so sharp and lovely.. so many different shades of beauty! I love it! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  • Some amazing shots! Everyone looks beautiful and I love, love the concept behind this project. Keep spreading the word! Every shape, color, ethnicity and personality is beautiful..everyone is perfect in their own way.
    Lauren | LB Designs

  • Loved this post, and what beauty!





  • So much beauty in this post. What an incredible project!


  • Rebecca

    This is a beautiful post. Very inspiring, all the women shine with beauty! Rebecca | http://www.rebeccamariee.blogspot.com xx

  • This is such a wonderfully inspiring post with absolutely stunning photos! Thank you for sharing this!

  • This is beautiful.
    i think you are stunning Rae, I really do, its such a shame that the media didn’t and still doesnt represent minorities effectively. I so hope it changes one day.

  • Hayley Larue

    I love when bloggers take the time to write out what’s in their heart! Beautifully written, and I love the photos you chose to follow your words <3


  • These are absolutely beautiful! I absolutely love the message this posts sends!

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  • So beautiful, the photos are super.http://sophialastyles.blogspot.co.uk/

  • This really is such a raw, honest, and beautiful project. Each photo is simply captivating.

    You raised a lot of really important issues around representation. I was actually reading a lot of critical essays about the show Fresh Off the Boat (I haven’t seen it myself) – and then also talking about it with a friend of mine who is Korean who loves the show. I found it interesting because they both said that they didn’t realize that they had never seen themselves represented in mainstream media before – and it took them seeing a representation (although problematic in a lot of ways) to highlight that. As a queer woman, I can say that’s how I have felt with mainstream representations – but I think that sexuality is invisible in a different way that racialization. It’s interesting to me so see the parallels and the differences between vastly different experiences. But I think that at the end of the day, the most important thing about all of this is that representation matters. It matters to see someone who looks like you or acts like you or feels like you.

    Anyways, I’m rambling now … as I have a tendency to do on your posts. Thanks for always offering me some great food for thought.

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  • beautiful portraits

  • Stunning! I’ve always love your take on things – this is amazing.

  • Nancy Wilde

    So many beautiful women! Diversity is everything. This photographer is living the dream – travelling while shooting unforgettable women… woah. I envy her. And I also fell in love with a girl from Jakarta I’ve seen on those photos (this one http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/different-countries-women-portrait-photography-michaela-noroc-2-jakarta-indonesia.jpg) *heavy breathing*
    “I would have been happier encountering those faces on MY television in America, instead of having to go out of my own culture” – At least, Twin Peaks featured an Asian beyond-beautiful femme fatale… Kudos to Lynch for that.

  • Stunning roundup of beautiful women! I really love this post!!



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  • Breath-takingly beautiful photos