Want To Know What The Ideal Body Shape Is?

Prepare for some surprises, and the urge to pack your bags and relocate…

When your entire job focuses around beauty, you tend to get a firsthand insight into the body battles women face every day, most of which stem from the perpetual pursuit of an unattainable (at least for most of us) social ideal of the perfect physique.

But what if we told you that same standard not only doesn’t hold true in other parts of the world, but that in many places around the globe, the so-called ‘bulge’ many of your clients are attempting to fight off is in fact considered to be the upmost standard of beauty?

In the following set of eye-opening images, you’ll see just what an ideal body looks like around the world, thanks to an experiment by UK group, Superdrug Online Doctors, who gave female graphic designers in 18 countries an image of a woman with the brief to Photoshop her into the ideal woman. The results are not only surprising, but a reminder of the innate fact that women are beautiful in every shape and size; something your clients might find refreshing to learn…

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Source: superdrug.com

Above is the original, completely un-touched image the designers were given to work with. As you’ll see in the images below, their alterations range from minimal to extensive, reflecting the dramatic variations in social images of beauty around the world and the surprising truth that there is no such thing as a universally ideal woman…

1. Argentina

Argentina is well-known for its obsession with plastic surgery in pursuit of the attainment of a Barbie-like image, so a well-endowed bust, slim waist and long-defined legs reign king in the attractiveness stakes.

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Source: superdrug.com

2. South Africa

Considering South Africans enjoy warm weather for more than half of the year and subsequently spend a significant amount of time outdoors, it’s not altogether shocking the representation of the ideal South African body type is long, lean and tanned.

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3. Venezuela

For a country notorious for it’s cosmetic surgery centred beauty pageants, the ideal Miss Venezuela looks surprisingly voluptuous and un-enhanced.

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4. Spain

In a country where food-centred activities are central to conveying love, the ideal Spanish body type – also the fullest figured of the bunch – represents a culture non-fixated on restrictive eating with a healthy attitude toward body image and an enduring fascination with soft, womanly curves.

Source: superdrug.com

Source: superdrug.com

5. USA

America has a lot of mixed messages when it comes to healthy living, with an abundance of fast food and a conflicting obsession with calorie restriction, eight-minute abs and those notorious thigh gaps, so it’s not altogether shocking the image of the ideal body here is one few women would ever be able to attain.

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Source: superdrug.com

6. China

By far the most dramatic of all the submissions, China’s depiction of the ideal woman appears eerily distorted and anime-like, with exaggerated eyes, a tiny waist and an elongated head; she’s a far cry from the original image, with proportions that would give her a BMI around 17, below the anorexic threshold.

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7. Colombia

Colombia may have suddenly gone up a few notches on many women’s travel lists, with the ideal woman’s physique representing a far more achievable look for most of us. She’s also indicative of the strong self-confidence and healthy body image Colombian women are known for possessing.

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Source: superdrug.com

8. Philippines

With her proud bust and shapely waist and hips, the Philippines archetype of beauty epitomises a culture that upholds womanliness and female sexuality as the ultimate beauty attributes.

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9. Netherlands

With her fiery red hair, column shaped physique and elongated forehead, the Netherlands woman epitomises Western European notions of mystical, statuesque beauty.

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Source: superdrug.com

10. Syria

With a clear emphasis on the pear shaped body, the ideal Syrian woman epitomises femininity, motherhood and curvaceousness.

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11. Peru

Highlighting a clear predilection for the hourglass physique, Peru’s ideal woman has a narrow waist with shapely hips and breasts, channeling a look of the golden era of screen sirens like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.

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Source: superdrug.com

12. Egypt

With strong, muscular legs and a tiny waist, Egypt’s ideal female body type is powerful and athletic, with a strong sense of sexuality.

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Source: superdrug.com

13. Romania

One of the more fuller-figured images, Romania’s depiction of the female form appears decidedly less enhanced, with a clear emphasis on womanly curves.

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14. Italy

Appearing not dissimilar to a runway model, the Italian image of beauty may just be one of the more unattainable, with legs that go on forever, a tiny waist and pert breasts, and red underwear to up her ultra-sexual appeal.

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Source: superdrug.com

15. Ukraine

Also opting for siren red lingerie, Ukraine’s image of female beauty maintains some of the original image’s feminine softness while slimming down her waist and limbs dramatically into a column body type.

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Source: superdrug.com

16. Mexico

Taking note from the US, Mexico’s ideal woman has a Kardashian-like body, with an exaggerated tapered waist and shapely hips.

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Source: superdrug.com

17. UK

Decidedly less shapely is the UK’s representation of female beauty, with a column-like physique and narrow hips, reminiscent of the statuesque bodies of stars like Charlize Theron and Megan Fox.

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Source: superdrug.com

18. Serbia

Complete with enhanced facial features and a slimmed-down waist, the ideal Serbian woman’s look takes its cue from 1950s pin-up girls and the classic hourglass figure.

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Source: superdrug.com


Have your say: Are you surprised by any of these body types? What are the biggest body hang-ups your clients come to you with?


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  • Camila Barrera

    it is Colombia not Columbia

    • Karaine

      You’re right, but here we spell it with a u.

      • Where is “here”? Columbia is a misspelling of Colombia when referring to the country.

        • Karaine


          • Seriously, where are you from that spells it with a u instead of an o?

      • Michelle

        If you’re talking about the US, no we don’t spell it with a ‘u’.

        • Karaine

          Oh bother

          • Normita

            You mean “Oh brother”

          • Karaine

            No, I really said O bother.. It’s sort of like a weaker version of “Oh, Bah!” Or “rats” or something. 😊

          • Suzanne Stoneking Magisa

            Winnie the Pooh says, “Oh, bother”.

          • Karaine

            Yes that *is* true isn’t it! 😉 And things like ” it’s going to be a bothering kind of day”.

      • MUAmyNY

        It shouldn’t matter where you’re from. You can’t just change the spelling of a country? It’s on the map as “Colombia” and is always spelled as such.

        We do spell other things with the word “Columbia” with a U. Just like you said. 🙂
        Not when referring to the country, though. No biggie. That’s not the point of the article at all. It’s just one of the author’s typo’s. LOL.

        • Karaine

          OK you’re right!

        • rickcrabtree

          Well, we chage the spelling of other countries all the time. For instance we spell Deutschland G E R M A…..

    • nitestar95

      It’s misspelled because that’s the spelling of Washington District of Columbia. Whoever wrote it is from the U.S..

      • Jeanne Young

        As in British Columbia!!

    • Karaine

      True..it’s Colombia But they were probably thinking of District of Columbia or Columbia University

    • ForTheLove

      Don’t you think the justifications below are just silly? I do. I don’t understand what could possibly be so hard about learning both spellings, especially with how complex a spelling system the English language has.

    • dzsozi30

      The floating city of Columbia. Lol.

  • Lexi Hay

    Why does the author keep referring to the Kardashians? Can’t we just keep them in the past, where they belong? They’re not famous for anything extraordinary or philanthropic. Just internet success. We should not try to compare our females to a family who has less than stellar morals.

    • LaLaLand

      I find it interesting that the writer comeneted on the Mexican girl standard of beauty as Kardashian like beauty that we like in the US but clearly noted the US prefers a slimmer body and the Kardashians look very etinically Armenian since that’s where there family is from.

      • Karaine

        Are they Armenians though? Their *name* is Amenian but Kardashian is their father’s name.

        Is their mother Armenian too?

        • Michelle

          Their mom isn’t Armenian, so they 1/2 Armenian – still Armenian even if they aren’t 100%.

    • Lynnda


    • kpit real

      Lexi hay who cares about morals it’s about beauty & all of the kardashians are gorgeous!

      • MUAmyNY

        Sure! Because higher morals are so overrated. Right?
        Thanks, but I’ll continue to have higher hopes for the future of female persona and stick to my standards. Meanwhile you can stick to your fascination with the narcissistic beauty of the Kardashians.
        At least we can agree to disagree.

        • Karaine

          Higher morals are definitely more important, Muamy, but even while I don’t really like the looks the Kardashian women have, this discussion really is only about what and who is perceived as attractive in different cultures.
          It’s not right or wrong, it just *is*– like a rock or a flower exists, whether we like it or don’t like it.

      • Karaine

        I don’t think theyre all ( the Kardashians) so gorgeous myself. Only one is quite goodlooking in my opinion.
        Though you’re right.. The topic is beauty/what is perceived as beauty-not morals or even personality.

    • Normita

      That’s how most men like them, dumb, easy and stupid, regardless of what they look like really.

  • Alejandra


    • Karaine

      Yes it is Alejandra, but it’s always been spelled with a “u” here.
      I don’t live in Los Estadas Unidas either, or in Nueva York but it’s ok when someone who speaks Spanish says I do. 😉

      • Holly

        I think that you are wrong there. I have lived in the US my entire life and have never seen the country of Colombia spelled with a “u”. British Columbia… yes, District of Columbia… fine, but those are different countries. I have yet to find a map in the US that has the country of Colombia spelled with a “u”. Also, it’s Los Estados Unidos, not Unitos.

        Beside all that, the point of all of these comments was not to show whether or not it is okay for people to use their native language when pronouncing your country. The point is that this is the type of thing that an editor is supposed to know and catch prior to it being published.

        • Brittany Chan

          Just saying, British Columbia isn’t a country but you probably knew that lol

          • Holly

            Yes, I did know that. It seems that despite all of my efforts in editing I seem to have omitted a couple of key words. My apologies. Go figure. Ha ha ha.

          • Karaine

            Neither is the District of Columbia, but I knew what she meant.

        • Karaine

          OK you’re quite right!

        • Karaine

          Los Estados Unidos

      • Alejandra

        I was about to come back here to give you a reply, but somebody already did it for me ha ha. As Holly said, it’s not a matter of how it could be pronounced or called in your native language. Anywise, it’s just a pet peeve of mine when people misspell country names that we all were supposed to learn in middle school. This is a published article that, assumedly, has undergone an editing/proofreading process prior to publication. Misspelling a country’s name (that, apparently, “has always been spelled with a u”) was only one of the errors in this article.

  • Elizabeth

    a lot of asian women have bodies like the one for china, and they aren’t anorexic.

    • Maria

      so many people use the term “anorexic” instead of “skinny” and that’s so wrong!! anorexia is a mental illness, not a BMI.

      • Alina Mergelova

        It’s a mental perception that results in an extremely skinny body

      • Jane

        I know! There are tons of people who aren’t anorexic and just have super high metabolism.

      • Karaine

        Because they don’t mean skinny, they mean underweight and unhealthily so.

      • Thies

        Skinny is the first step towards anorexia. Once in the “Spider’s Web” the escape is a long struggle.

        • Maria

          not necessarily. Your weight doesn’t determine the gravity of your eating disorders. Having been anorexic myself, I’ve met a lot of people who were not even slim and they were seriously sick, whereas others were way thinner and their anorexia was not as severe.

          The stigma that surrounds eating disorders is part of the problem. You never know how bad it is just by looking at their body. And sometimes the sickest people don’t even get treatment because doctors just don’t think they’re “thin enough”.

          • Thies

            Agreed. I guess you are pointing in the other direction of the definition “disorder” when the patient is compensating a problem with extra food. Following the bombardment of the media’s different opinions, one has not got an easy task to stay in a “Goldilock” position. If one is refraining from smoking and consumption of alcohol, good health will be the reward. Refraining from food consumption as urged from the anti-obese lobby, does not result in an automatic stop, but is the entry to anorexia. Furthermore once the brain is underfed, a mental coma does set in, trapping the victim in an environment requiring a tough struggle to escape. Fair enough, the same applies for the “overeater” spectrum. Most important, patient should not be condemned and ruled, but educated and helped, possibly even to such a degree of governments intervening with restrictions on some food items. We have reached a stage in human development where the individual has lost the ability to stand up for themselves and be respected, but being bullied by mass standards and peer pressures instead of expressing their own individuality.

          • Maria

            no, I wasn’t talking about binge eating disorder. I am talking about anorexia. Anyway, that’s not the point, the point is that mental illnesses should not be used to describe “looks”. You don’t see a bald person and go “oh, look, he looks like cancer”. It would be stupid and ignorant, and same goes for this.

          • Thies

            Thanks for your clarification. I wasn’t aware how complex the illness could be and it certainly deserves more awareness in the media to gain some success in battling it.

    • Alina Mergelova

      yeah, but look at that photo…I mean, that’s their IDEAL….

    • Anna Harris

      Totally agree. A lot of Asian woman are very petite and generally slim but in proportion with their height etc.

      • Karaine

        Though most Asian women are not tall like that “ideal”

      • Catherine Edmends

        and they are food obsessed like my friends – they will not eat much at all

        • I’d like to see what evidence you have for this statement that isn’t anecdotal.

    • Karaine

      I wad thinking the same thing Elizabeth.

    • Thies

      Time to ponder: Some Asian women are simply mal- or under nutricianed. Those, who are admiring that kind of body shape, are simply collaborators in mental crime against females, as some victims will starve further to match the fantasies of their perverse “masters”, who, as a reward, will aid them to escape their poverty environment only to end up as an oppressed accessory instead of being accepted as an equal partner. Shame.

  • duinej

    This article was one of the worst I have ever seen. A very biased and ignorant outlook on these.

    • anon

      Please explain your logic. The author did reference that this assignment was given to “female graphic designers in 18 countries an image of a woman with the brief to Photoshop her into the ideal woman”, therefore indicating that the people who live in those countries and are natively familiar with the common conception of beauty are the people who created the photos. They would, then, have the correct information as to the expectations of the region which they inhabit.

      • anon

        Well I dont know for the rest of the countries, but at least the Spain one is just completely wrong. Wrong in the meaning women in Spain are expected to be thin, with big bust and a slim figure, just like the Italy one. Oh, and if you are tan, that’s a plus. And hey, I’m a woman who lives in Spain, I know what I’m saying.

        • TopangaRose

          The Spain image is wrong, IMO. when I spent time in Spain, I marveled at the consistent image of the women. They were PETITE, SLIM and rather ATHLETIC, without huge breasts and they wore the nicest, slim pants that totally showed off their elegance.

        • Karaine

          I’m not Spanish, but I was thinking the same thing anon…Except like you say, you should know. 😉

      • caradoc

        They said “make her into the ideal woman”, not “make her into what your particular country thinks is the ideal woman”. These don’t represent ideals of countries, they represent ideals of one person in a country.

  • Jazmin

    Graphic Artists edited these? These Photoshop jobs look as though they were done by a 10-year-old.

    • Alina Mergelova



    • Lynnda

      except for italy!!!!!! They slayed her, even changed the shoes 😀

      • Karaine

        Italy’s photoshopped ideal is not the only one with changed shoes from the original.

        • Cdub

          Netherlands changed shoes to booties & several changed color from original. I also enjoyed seeing which ones changed facial features. Interesting.
          I’d like to see the perfect female body from these countries from men’s perspective, too.

      • Orbz

        Italy just cropped her head onto a models body. Over all bad job, this is coming from an Italian Graphic designer also.

    • MUAmyNY

      LOL! So very true!! It seems as though the new generation of journalists has lower expectations to uphold, thus producing inferior quality pieces of work. Why even bother going to college anymore? 🙁
      This is one instance where I’m actually happy to be older. Haha!!

    • CorteZForever

      Yeah especially the ones with white panties like Syria one looks like she’s hiding a dick.

  • Nur Syafinaz Jamain

    In Malaysia the ideal type of body just like philiphines, the round, bigger bust, hips and small waistline. There is many cosmetic product to upsize breast and hips size also slimming product to get smaller waistline.

  • opi

    my edit.

    • tee O

      nice job! and a better editing job than most of them here. some really wonky looking limbs.

    • Thies

      What’s the fuss about all this shaping. Most people “do it” in the dark anyway. Who wants to “pick bones”…?

  • Anita M. Ales

    I think some of us are missing the point of the article. Different parts of the world find different physiques more enticing. I feel, here in the United States, we get brainwashed into what we see on TV. Years ago everyone was trying to look like Alley McBeal. She has a naturally ultra thin physique which most of us do not possess and yet the size 0″ for a few years was the thing to be. Today “Kardashian” is popular. Tomorrow, who knows. Why don’t we focus on what is healthy for us as individuals and not worry so much about what is in NOW because maybe tomorrow what YOU LOOK LIKE may be the IN THING!

    • Karaine

      Absolutely- I agree with you.

      Same with what clothes and styles are in fashion.
      Matter of fact, body weight and appearance is a fashion.. It doesn’t usually change as fast as clothing fashions but- body weight and shape do too!

    • Vanessa Chantal

      That is somewhat true, but different ethnic groups seem to prefer different standards. Like The Black man and woman prefer, in general, a fuller, more voluptuous figure. Where as most white women are still very brainwashed into thinking they MUST look anorexic or as thin as possible. I have noticed that white men seem to prefer the barbie body or the skinny-model look. Of course I am generalizing here but I have noticed this. However the Jennifer Lopez and Kardashian phenomenons have seemed to change a few white men and women’s minds about not having to be ultra thin. The advertising industry is doing so much harm with the unattainable goals they portray as THE standard for beauty, especially when the photo shopping drastically slims down an already underweight figure. Now that is madness!

      • Karaine

        You’re so right.

      • Thies

        Strange enough that the biggest male admirers carry the biggest beer gut around.

    • Thies

      Just shows how gullable some women are. Develop a more self centered ego and tell the fashion clowns where to shove their twisted images. Stop smoking and one is winning. Stop drinking (alcohol) and one is a winner too. Stop eating and another abyss is opening. Sad.

  • 360Fashion

    This is awesome. Amazing exercise in how we see idealism and whats expected of us as women to achive.

  • mainja

    Ultimately each of these are just one person’s opinion. However, it would be interesting to have a side by side on these. These were all done by women, but it would be interesting to see the same exercise done by men. Just to see if the women’s expectations of the ideal woman is the same as the men’s expectations of the ideal woman. As I said, it’s obviously not a scientific thing, since each image is just one person’s opinion.

    • Vanderbil Covington

      Almost universally, women see the ideal female as slimmer than what is normal for their culture, while men prefer voluptutous females with well defined breasts and butts. The further back in the past you search, trends seem to favor full figured females (and men). Look at medieval art, no emaciated people are seen in them

      • Karaine


      • Karaine

        No matter the fashion of the time- whether it’s epitomized by Twiggy, Marilyn Munroe, Clara Bow or Theda Bara 🙂 truthfully, curves, softness,and full breasts are always “in style” at least insofar as heterosexual men being attracted to women.

      • Karaine

        Yes, definitely. Also, even slender women are naturally a little more pear-shaped or softer -lined than women believe they ought to be today.

      • That’s because in times where you couldn’t just as easily go down to local supermarket and buy almost anything from all around the world, being fat was a symbol of wealth. It was generally only rich people who could afford portraits, so all the art is of bigger women.

        Nowadays, when food is so easily accessible in abundance, restraint is more attractive. It’s a cultural thing not entirely dictated by what men want, but what the underlying context is.

        Also, we know a LOT more today about medical science than we did 100’s of years ago. We know for a fact now that being overweight can cause things like diabetes and heart failure (among many other things) and this can be unattractive for obvious reasons.

        It’s not a coincidence that both men and women are attracted to healthy people. And before I get blasted for implying fat people can’t be healthy, I know that, but there are certain things that cannot be argued with, and fat being linked to poor health is one of them.

        People are more attracted to wealth than anything else, and that will probably never change, but the typical characteristics of wealthy people will change depending on cultural context, which is why sometimes people like overweight people and sometimes they like thin people.

  • darlingbeth

    i will be moving to Spain
    good ting I speak the language

    • Jo Sevi

      thats not the ideal body in spain Lmfao

  • Looking at these I see one thing – only Italy believes in skinny. Then why girls around the world starve to look like that while in their countries curvier women are preferred. It’s kind of strange… Are you sure these views are correct?


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    • Jane

      I don’t starve, and I look a lot like her. Even skinnier.

      • GeoBarbara

        Good for you. Now shut up and go lie down.

        • Jane

          And why should I do that, is it bad to be skinny? Everyone says to be happy with who you are, and they just say that to curvy girls. And how is that fair? Because it sucks to be skinny.

    • Chris TMC

      You must have skipped China.

  • Alejandra Luces

    I’m from venezuela and i’m not agree with the “venezuela’s girl” showed in the post, i think every figure is gorgeous, but i dont think at all thats the kind of body that venezuelans consider “ideal”

  • Anna D Kart

    Oh my poor Chinese girls! And we though we had it bad PLUS Horrible job editing lol

    Happy Medley

    • Thies

      Another ponder: Most advertising for services of the sex industry is featuring Asian women as staff. Can any insider (I am not involved in that kind of “relationship”) please confirm this and if true, what does that say about the mental state of those men frequenting such establishments ? Are they out on “dominating adventures” and incapable to value equal partnerships with the other gender ? Women are humans as well, not fashion accessories.

  • KellyGee

    Hey editors……the word is “utmost” not “upmost”. Go back to school.

  • Joke Sofola

    Very interesting but no dark people/countries? Bit strange. Doesn’t really provide a complete picture of body shapes ‘around the world’ as it states.

    • Karaine

      True! I think( I hope!) this is just *one* little experiment, one cross section of ideas of more or less Western ideals.. I know there’s at least one Asian, but she didnt seem so different than the white girls.

  • Ashley Young

    Italy was like, ‘This is too hard. I give up. I’m just going to cut her head off and paste it on some other model’s body.’ They literally did that. The arms/hands/fingernails for sure don’t come from the original pic and the body/pose don’t either. Shortcuts, tsk tsk. What happened to playing by the rules?

    • Thies

      No wonder Italy is fading away with a receding birth rate. That “ratty frame” is simply incapable of standing up to a pregnancy of 9 months. Don’t get me wrong, women are not walking incubators, but when they are ready to take up that gender job a bit more meat is required to survive it.

  • jclovejc

    anyone notice that Serbia just happens to have to most natural looking one…interesting…just my opinion though…also..i work for chinese people, and that is not what they look like…i mean they are thin, but not that.. p.s. terrible photoshop, but it gets the point across anyway. let us all agree that the origanal girl is way more beautiful than ANY of the “ideal images”

    • Thies

      and for political equality can we have the other splinter states of the former Yugoslavia as well including Molvania ?

  • Zully M

    The Mexican ideal is on point. Unfortunately, that’s what we’re taught even by our mothers that that is the ideal shape and yes, I think that if you show any Mexican male a picture of K Kardashian they would praise the curves and everything about her. Nicely done.

  • Andy Visser

    Go Italy, get to work girls!

    • Willa Cowan

      Wow, this guy. I hope you were joking.

    • Thies

      Get a life yourself..

  • eve

    I like only Italy, they did a great job with the body

    • Vanderbil Covington

      Sure, if you are a pedophile – – Women with the body of a boy

  • Vanderbil Covington

    Personally, I would favor Egypt and Mexico examples. Italy and China look more like adolescent boys than grown women

  • Vanderbil Covington

    I say be happy with what you are. Stop trying to be someone else

    • Karaine


  • Jane

    I wish people would realize that not all women struggle to lose weight, some are just born that way.

  • Mary

    Where are the blondes? The only change in the hair color was on the Netherlands and Italy — almost all of the others have some form of darker hair.

    • Thies

      …and the dark skinned ones.

  • cygnet2

    They made half of them look like they have penises…

  • Peggy Naracon Beckwith

    Wow! Someone needs to practice photoshop.

  • Rachel Jones

    What bothered me was the use of the word “unattainable” for the photoshopped images that conveyed a taller slimmer beauty ideal. For some women, the curvier body is unattainable. Body shapes are genetic. Ideal beauty is cultural. This article had a tone that seems popular lately: Put down thinner body times in order to elevate curvier ones.

  • TopangaRose

    First of all,the printing is so light and without any contrast that it
    creates eye strain. I stopped ‘reading’ and just viewed photos.
    I would have LIKED to be able to read this!

    THEN, i do not think these are accurate. The bust lines here are WEIRD as can be; none of them attractive. And what about France where small, perfectly shaped breasts are beautiful and abundant? This is nonsense. Mexican bodies are NEVER that slim in the waist.

  • Leslie Ann

    I don’t think it is truly representative. I just have the impression they asked people in the street with no formation to play with a graphic pad… It’s ridiculous to present it as an “article” in “professional” beauty.
    Moreover, it doesn’t fit with what people define as “beauty” is those countries, I think they faked the test by giving the picture of an obese woman.

  • nitestar95

    Terrible job with photoshop. This clearly wasn’t done by a pro. More like a horny 15 year old. The U.S. one is basically Kim Kardashian, not exactly a current fashion model; more like a select porn actress for people who like huge butts. Or maybe the ‘graphic artists’ they say supposedly edited these are comic book kids. That might explain it; closer to Lara Croft.

  • Lisa Slade

    Well this is some bullshit!!!!!! Professional Beauty.com ignores Black women! THE NERVE!!!! They couldn’t even represent South Africa right!!! WHO CAME UP WITH THIS BULLSHIT???? THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR EVEN POSTING THIS DEGRADING RACIST ARTICLE….IT DEGRADES WOMEN EVERYWHERE!

    • EozS

      I agree, it’s not representative of a huge portion of the population.

      • Thies

        Instead of body shapes can we have the brain sizes of those women presented who are willing to take part in this fashion circus ?

        • EozS

          There is only one woman in the above pictures, it’s all photoshopped versions of one photo of one woman who may or may not have known what the photo would be used for. Doubtful that there is any correlation to intelligence.

          • Thies

            Sorry, my mistake. Let me phrase it again: I meant the brain size of women (represented) who are plyable accessories in this fashion madness (not that/those photoshop model/s). Be a women, be proud of what you have and BE YOURSELF (not Barbie…)

  • Leigh Frazier

    South Africa is almost 90% black, but their ideal woman is white?

  • Elissa

    Other than Egypt, African countries were excluded. Why?

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  • The Self Improver

    so interesting! i wonder if Ireland was the same as the UK?

  • NanaJoy

    It would be interesting to hear the male impressions of these pics. I dare say most of them would be happiest with a woman who is comfortable in her own skin, regardless of her “hourglass figure” or legs that go on forever. Having a good attitude about body image and a positive self esteem continues to be the sexiest and most alluring attribute of all.

    • Thies

      As pointed out before: Which male wants to “pick bones”, ” doing it” …?

  • Marston Gould

    They should do the same thing with men.

  • Camila

    For real, who in the world has written this article? It seems like someone hasn´t done it´s job well. I mean have you ever been to any of these countries or at least know their cultures? I’m from Argentina and 1st: the more natural, the prettier. Obsession with plastic surgery, journalism is a job where you should investigate you are talking about a countries culture here. Which are your sources? And by far Italian women… you are completely wrong in that one too. The rest, well you know you haven’t done the necessary research of information. So before judging with your imagination, search before writing. What you, Nadia Stennett have done is called discrimination. And no one accepts that.

  • Lashyn Ahmad

    I think Romania and Spain’s were my favourites.

    • Thies

      Time to pack up and move there. Good luck finding your ideal catalogue job.

  • Lolly68

    They all look twisted and wrong…

  • Ottavia Zeffilini

    None look very good ,all out of shape ,either with the photoshop way of distorting or curvy yet soft undefined in various degrees of each country_ Asians received the worst chopping. I have a curvy body, modeled for painters and art school but if I could have a basically stick figure, small breasts and hips without a (10” smaller waist then hips) along with longer thin arms and legs.. I’d take it in an instant,, wish I could exchange bodies with a girl who has the stick figure I want who wants a curvy body as mine. Even when I am very thin I still have these curves I do not want.

  • Christina Ellen Manis

    why is beauty always 16-20 yr olds? I was in the best shape of my life at 46-48 until a fedex truck hit me damaging 17 discs. Atrophy set in and I am now 53 working so hard to get my shoulders back in place and muscle tone without getting a migraine. I had a photo shoot at 46 and at 5’5 weight 128 I never looked better. Now illness took me down to 97lbs and it is hard to get my dancer body back. I ATE AND ATE Now at 110 left with cellulite in the back of my thighs the challenge is daunting for fitness. I have hypogammglobulinanemia with low IG an inherited immune disorder as well. I went from training for aerial arts to bent shoulders and the inability to exercise without migraine. PT is helping me expect too much. Women are catty. I wake with extreme pain and just want my body back.

  • thank you internet for roasting this article — so funny. humankind is brilliant.

  • Issis

    I’m amazed that so many of the “ideals” have thick thighs … It’s one thing to be curvaceous, another to be hefty, which many of these “ideal” images are … at least in the thighs. I cringe to think what some of these women will look like when they are older. The original woman is considerably overweight, and will almost certainly be fat/obese by middle age.

  • Finn

    These types of posts are beginning to irritate me more and more. It started from “Ideal Beauty” in different countries and has morphed into this. While I get it is fun to see what most people in other countries consider to be “ideal” and how the country’s culture shaped their views and whatnot, it is these posts themselves that are leading women to having issues with their bodies

    The most “ideal” body is a HEALTHY one. Being “fat” or “thin” has absolutely no bearing on your health. You can be “fat” and healthy or “thin” and unhealthy.

    And what is this crap about the more “full-bodied” images (eg. Colombia), being more “achievable”?! Oh because if you’re skinny, all you have to do is eat more to get some curves?! It doesn’t work like that.

    • Kitty

      Agreed. I’m fat and have worked my rear off for 10 years…only lost 30 lbs which came right back. My sister in law is tiny…too tiny. Her doctor advised her to gain weight. She can’t gain weight…and she’s been trying for years.

    • Thies

      Agreed. Too many factors are considered by “the supreme being” in assembling everyone of us. How boring if the “ideal clones” (not clowns) are seen everywhere. Be strong, BE YOURSELF !

  • Brenda Lahey

    I do not really know what to say here except there are many types of the ‘perfect body’ perception. To be honest, I was shocked by a few of them as entirely different from what I have always known. Good to see that more ‘voluptuous’ women are portrayed.

  • Rubbish.

  • wisewoman

    The Syrian girl clearly has a penis in her skivvies. Romania looks like the place to go for attractive healthy women and better digital artists.

  • Daily Gut Check

    So basically it breaks down to one persons view as to what the ideal woman’s figure is in their country. And why did they start out forcing people to use a plus size model as the base? Totally absurd, agenda based, BS!



  • Shiwan8

    This is so sad. Ideal body shape is what you get when a physically active woman has 20-25 % body fat.

  • throwmout

    Most of them left her too fat.

  • GeekLeen

    Each photo is the opinion of ONE person of said country. That doesn’t define anything.

  • Ross

    yeah when you got a 1.5 billion population you’re bound to either end up with anorexics or to envision your people that way. cuz otherwise you’d end up covering the face of the earth with them :)))

  • Jaime

    I’m moving to Italy. Or China. The rest of you can have the other butterballs.

  • Elias Koch

    Next time don’t call a picasso’s fan for a graphic artist..all the elaboration are terrible except for the Italian where they added a real slim body..btw the research tries to tell that obese people are ok. Why?

  • Isadora

    That’s a bunch of lies

  • DoctorZin

    It may be largely to do with the dirigible-like proportions of the original, but save the Chinese and Italian models, they’re all unacceptably fat. Maybe the Dutch one is reasonable.

  • Guy

    I know there are some cultural and racial differences, but “ideal” shapes are stupid. Women everywhere come in all sizes and shapes and each should be taken on their own merits. Also, what’s important is the whole package, not just figure or shape, but hair, smile, eyes and overall symmetry and harmony.

  • Brian Mckenzie

    Somebody has never been to Ukraine

  • noun

    Hey morons, nobody wants you to be fat and each nation has a bias toward the hair colour that’s most normal at home

  • stephencarlsbad .

    They hired the guy posting the “graphic artist for hire” ad on craigslist, right?

  • Maria Saleem

    Where’s India or Arabia?