Lonely Planet Writer

Meet the photographer capturing women's diverse beauty around the world

It’s a well-known truism that every woman is beautiful in her own way. This idea has inspired a photographer from Bucharest, Romania, to spend the last three years travelling the world and showing the diversity of the planet through portraits of women.

Anais was born in France to a Malian mother and French father and now lives in Berlin. Image: The Atlas of Beauty
Anais was born in France to a Malian mother and French father and now lives in Berlin. Image: The Atlas of Beauty

Mihaela Noroc (30) quit her job three years ago to pursue her project, called The Atlas of Beauty, which is aimed at capturing the natural beauty of women around the world. She was initially inspired to do this by the diversity she discovered while backpacking in different countries.

A Sikh woman at Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Image: The Atlas of Beauty
A Sikh woman at Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Image: The Atlas of Beauty

Mihaela said that millions of women around the world work hard for their goals and their activities don’t seem that spectacular from the outside. She hopes that by photographing some of them for the project, she can capture their inner and outer beauty and show them how special they are.

A 99-year-old woman photographed in Mumbai, India. Image: The Atlas of Beauty
A 99-year-old woman photographed in Mumbai, India. Image: The Atlas of Beauty

“Many people from all around the world face discrimination just because they have a certain colour, religion, ethnicity or because they are women,” she says. “I think beauty is diversity and it can teach us to be more tolerant.”

A colourful picture of an Iranian woman. Image: The Atlas of Beauty
A colourful picture of an Iranian woman. Image: The Atlas of Beauty

Mihaela’s images have become hugely popular, and she has 159k followers on Instagram and over 757,000 on Facebook. Her Tumblr blog was the third most viral in 2015 and she appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. She has visited over 50 countries to date, carrying just her backpack and camera, and aims to continue travelling for many years to capture beauty in all countries of the globe.

Mother and son, in October 2015, on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #Nepal #AroundTheWorld

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