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?
“I’ve never tried to hide it. I’ve always seen it like something that makes me special.” Burcu, talking about her birthmark, a few weeks ago in Istanbul, Turkey, and showing how great is to be yourself. Please continue to let the world know about The Atlas of Beauty Book and order one or more copies for you and your beloved ones, if you haven’t already. Just press the link in bio at the top of this page and support the continuation of the project. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Turkey
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
I had the chance to talk with many wonderful women while visiting Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, a few weeks ago. In Azerbaijan equal rights between man and women are granted by laws but in reality there are still many couples where the husband decides for her wife. Some women told me that they need permission from their husbands, if I want to photograph them. Things are changing though.There are more and more Azerbaijani women who fight for gender equality. Fidan is one of these amazing women who would never start a relationship, if she wouldn‘t be treated equally and respected. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Azerbaijan
I met Alina on the picturesque streets of Odessa, Ukraine, last summer. She’s not the character of a fairy tale, but a young ambitious Ukrainian who plans to study Architecture in the Czech Republic. Please continue to let the world know about The Atlas of Beauty Book and order one or more copies for you and your beloved ones, if you haven’t already. Just follow the link in bio and support the continuation of the project. #Odessa #Ukraine #AroundTheWorld #TheAtlasOfBeauty
While traveling from country to country, I was happy to see that many women have joined public forces all over the world. I met this young policewoman in Pushkar, India, almost two years ago. These days I’m trying to let more people know about The Atlas of Beauty Book because I think it’s a unique book in the world. Your feedback has been extraordinary, your support, fantastic, and I want to thank you a million times. Please continue to let the world know about the book and order one or more copies for you and your beloved ones, if you haven’t already. Just follow the link in the bio and support me to continue The Atlas of Beauty.
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
Simina grew up in a small village from Transylvania, in Northwest Romania. Now she studies Banking and Finance in a city, close to her village. But on every summer vacation she comes to Bucharest, the capital of the country, to sell berries grown in her village. She sometimes works 14 hours per day for this family business, but Simina is happy that in this way she can support her studies. The Atlas of Beauty Book will be out in the world in less than two weeks. If you wish to pre-order it just follow the link in the bio. This would help me to capture new portraits and stories, sharing them with the world. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Romania
The name of this young Iranian woman is Mahsa, which means “like a moon” in Persian. When she was an adolescent, her father suggested that she study to become a doctor, but Mahsa was more interested in the arts and she chose to become a graphic designer. She is proud that from the time she turned eighteen, she has been financially independent, and soon plans to open her own firm. I met her in Tehran, Iran, a few months ago. Tomorrow I will step again in this fascinating country, which has a special place in my soul. I will visit Tabriz, Tehran and Isfahan so if you have any suggestions please send me a private message.
Leeda is a musician at the beginning of her career. I met her in February, in New York City. My next destination will be Belgrade, Serbia. In a few months The Atlas of Beauty book will be released and I’m so happy about it. I can’t wait to hear your impressions after you’ll see it. If you wish to pre-order it just follow the link from the bio. It would greatly help the continuation of the project. #NewYork #AroundTheWorld #Musician #TheAtlasOfBeauty
I met Ipek, a future elementary school teacher, last year, in the old bazar from Izmir, Turkey. In The Atlas of Beauty Book you will find much more photos and stories from all over the world. If you wish to pre-order it, just follow the link from the bio. It would greatly help the continuation of the project. #TheAtlasofBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Turkey
Goshan’s parents were Kurdish freedom fighters in Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein. They immigrated as political refugees to England, where Goshan was raised. After graduating with a master’s degree, she gave up her life in England to return to the Kurdistan region in Iraq, where she is now a biology teacher. I met her there, last year. She told me she grew up feeling a sense of responsibility to help the development of her homeland after such a long period of war and unrest. #TheAtlasofBeauty #AroundTheWorld
She‘s Sona during Holi, the festival of colours. This huge Hindu celebration is one of the most spectacular in the world. The day when spring comes, when good triumphs over evil, a moment to forgive and to be forgiven. I took this photo on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, a few days ago. Now I‘m in Iran and soon the Persian New Year (Nowruz) will be celebrated here. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Nepal #Holi
There’s something magic about Kadiköy pier, late in the afternoon. Hundreds of people gather to watch how the sun sets over the minarets of Istanbul, Turkey. Beste was singing there with her band completing this splendid moment. I wish this feeling of peace and serenity would spread all over the city, after years of pain and tragedies. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld #Istanbul