Empecemos con una pregunta: ¿qué es para usted la belleza femenina? Desde SoHo llevamos años presentándole diferentes tipos de mujeres, cada una con su marca personal y estética; rubias, morenas y pelirojas; con más o menos curvas; con pechos más o menos abruptos, caleñas, paisas, bogotanas y boyacenses, entre otras; nacionales e internacionales; bailarinas, cantantes, modelos, ingenieras y hasta exguerrilleras. Cada una con sus particularidades, pero cada una de ellas bella y fascinante en su diferencia. La belleza es, efectivamente, subjetiva. De ahí que, al margen de los estereotipos, decidir qué es bello y qué no solo depende de los imaginarios personales.  

Cómo dijo el escritor Jorge Luis Borges, “al cabo de los años he observado que la belleza, como la felicidad, es frecuente. No pasa un día en que no estemos, un instante, en el paraíso”. En definitiva, solo hace falta tener cierta predisposición a encontrar belleza a nuestro alrededor y, más, si proviene de los encantos físicos de una mujer.

De hecho, el abanico de tipologías de belleza femenina es tan inmenso que pocas veces uno tiene la oportunidad de admirar tanta diversidad. Hasta ahora. Gracias a la fotógrafa Mihaela Noroc y su libro Atlas of Beauty (Atlas de la belleza, en español) es posible deleitarse con las fotografías -y las historias que se esconden detrás- de 500 mujeres a las que retrató durante un viaje que la llevó a recorrer 50 países del mundo.

Este es el resultado. Y usted, ¿con qué belleza se queda?

Mother and daughter on the streets of Milan, Italy, a few weeks ago. Caterina, the daughter, started to dance when she was 3 years old. “I always said to my mother that I want to become a ballerina.” And Barbara, the mother, always supported her. They both moved to Milan from their small town so Caterina could fulfil her dream and study ballet from an early age in one of the most prestigious schools in the world. Her brother and her father had to remain home, a few hundred kilometres away. Art requires huge sacrifices, years of hard work and difficulties, but great things never come easy. Just imagine how Barbara feels today when she sees Caterina dancing on one of the most famous stages in the world: the stage of La Scala. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #Milan #Italy #Ballerina #Mother #Daughter #Story #AroundTheWorld

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Tutku is from Istanbul, Turkey. She experienced many heart breaking moments in her life, but her positive spirit always gave her the strength to move forward. Her mother had several miscarriages before giving birth to her. When she was a child, her father paralysed and Tutku had to start working for a living at an early age. Her determination paid off and a few years ago she became a chef. But again life hit her hard. One day Tutku totally lost her hearing. She went to many doctors but her case seemed hopeless. “Once, I was staying on my balcony. And I closed my eyes and said to myself: If, when I will open my eyes, I will see at least a bird on the sky that means I will hear again. I was afraid to open my teary eyes and I stayed a long time like that. When I finally had the courage to look on the sky, I saw two birds.” After a while Tutku received an innovative implant that provides a sense of sound. Now she can work again, as a chef, but her hearing is still weak and that’s a huge challenge in a busy restaurant. But Tutku didn’t complain, when we met. In the contrary: She was grateful for every second of her new life. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Turkey

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Foruzan was on her way to a painting course when I met her one month ago on the busy streets of Tehran, Iran. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Iran

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Pinar is an actress and I met her on the streets of Izmir, Turkey in May. These days I‘m in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #Turkey #AroundTheWorld

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