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Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website. Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from fifty countries across the Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website. Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from fifty countries across the globe and shows that beauty is everywhere, regardless of money, race or social status, and comes in many different sizes and colours. Mihaela's portraits feature women in their native environments, from the Amazon rain forest to markets in India, London city streets and parks in Harlem, creating a mirror of our varied cultures and proving that beauty has no rules. 'Stunning . . . aims to challenge the ideals of beauty dictated by the women's fashion magazine industry' Independent 'A startling and revealing project' Daily Mail 'Scrolling through "The Atlas of Beauty", beauty becomes not a universal standard, but a complicated tapestry' Huffington Post


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Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website. Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from fifty countries across the Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website. Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from fifty countries across the globe and shows that beauty is everywhere, regardless of money, race or social status, and comes in many different sizes and colours. Mihaela's portraits feature women in their native environments, from the Amazon rain forest to markets in India, London city streets and parks in Harlem, creating a mirror of our varied cultures and proving that beauty has no rules. 'Stunning . . . aims to challenge the ideals of beauty dictated by the women's fashion magazine industry' Independent 'A startling and revealing project' Daily Mail 'Scrolling through "The Atlas of Beauty", beauty becomes not a universal standard, but a complicated tapestry' Huffington Post

30 review for The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Stunning....beautiful....lovely....fabulous....women of all ages from around the world.....are glowing with beauty in these photos. This gorgeous book is a diverse collection of women- with tidbit stories from photographer Mihaela Noroc about their passions, interests, homes, concerns & challenges, philosophies, relationships, their own travels, their accomplishments, their studies, their villages and communities, their religions, their thoughts about strength— self defense - harassment- violenc Stunning....beautiful....lovely....fabulous....women of all ages from around the world.....are glowing with beauty in these photos. This gorgeous book is a diverse collection of women- with tidbit stories from photographer Mihaela Noroc about their passions, interests, homes, concerns & challenges, philosophies, relationships, their own travels, their accomplishments, their studies, their villages and communities, their religions, their thoughts about strength— self defense - harassment- violence and the confidence gained through education and sisterhood... etc. I bought this book for our Guest Room book shelf. I had been looking for a new book to replace “Humans of New York”.... I felt it was time to retire that book from the room. I rotate books for our guests. When looking through a book of photos that’s truly inspiring- resting quietly - there is just something so peaceful —and no words quite match the experience. This is that type of book. I hope our guests enjoy it. I sure did/do. It goes without saying that this makes a nice gift book for a special person —-one of those people might even be yourself.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    This collection seemed like the perfect blend between Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind. Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The This collection seemed like the perfect blend between Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind. Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs celebrating women from all corners of the world, revealing that beauty is everywhere, and that it comes in many different sizes and colors. Noroc’s colorful and moving portraits feature women in their local communities, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to London city streets, and from markets in India to parks in Harlem, visually juxtaposing the varied physical and social worlds these women inhabit. Packaged as a gift-worthy, hardcover book, The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the women featured in here. They bring dignity, strength, and inner beauty that shines from page to page. From each of them I learned or was reminded of something new, whether that be tolerance, kindness, resilience, natural and authentic beauty, serenity, strength, and generosity. Plus, the vibrant and colorful photographs really brought something new to the table. However, as captivating as the images were, I feel like the words that accompanied them, save for a few, failed to move me. In comparison to the collections I mentioned at the start of my review, it was difficult to ignore how bland the text is. I wanted to see what lies beneath the surface, to feel like we’re getting to know the person in front of us... But again, save for a few, I rarely encountered said emotion in this collection. Also: I'm low-key sad that the cover picture wasn't included in here. On a brighter note, I'd love to share the photographs of the enthralling women that captivated me: Pokhara, Nepal: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: New York, USA: Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan: Tehran, Iran: Nampan, Myanmar: Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador: I was truly surprised to see Eden Saban in the above, since she's quite well-known in Israel, thanks to being on the last season of Big Brother. So now I'm quite eager to find out if the author randomly stumbled upon her and asked for a picture, or if they set this up.... On that bitter-sweet note, the sharp women and girls featured in The Atlas of Beauty have made a new fan out of me. I'm definitely interested in keeping up with Mihaela Noroc's photography works next in the making. Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Atlas of Beauty, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission! Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Stunning. Gorgeous. Simply beautiful. Words cannot describe the beauty of all the women in the pages of this album; even more their stories. I savored every page and not once I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I follow Mihaela’s project on Facebook for some time now. I love her dedication and I cannot but admire the determination in pursuing her dream. Many of the women in her album also share the same tenacity. They are truly an inspiration. You cannot look at the pictures without Stunning. Gorgeous. Simply beautiful. Words cannot describe the beauty of all the women in the pages of this album; even more their stories. I savored every page and not once I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I follow Mihaela’s project on Facebook for some time now. I love her dedication and I cannot but admire the determination in pursuing her dream. Many of the women in her album also share the same tenacity. They are truly an inspiration. You cannot look at the pictures without emotion. Each and every one tells a story, whether in words or expressions. Age, color, religion, profession does not matter here; beauty does not have such boundaries. Take a look at her pictures and let yourself be carried away in one of the most inspiring journeys ever taken: https://www.instagram.com/the.atlas.o... And here is a interview on what this project means: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment... Enjoy!

  4. 4 out of 5

    7jane

    Since 2013, the author has traveled around the world, taking pictures of women, sometimes with their spouses, kids, siblings, or friends, included. The beauty here is about authenticity, not sexual attractiveness. There are different ages, races, occupations, life situations, hair lenghts... 500 pictures of them. With each pic comes information: city - country; often also a short text about the person(s). They wear clothers of everyday/work/special-day clothes; often going somewhere, or working s Since 2013, the author has traveled around the world, taking pictures of women, sometimes with their spouses, kids, siblings, or friends, included. The beauty here is about authenticity, not sexual attractiveness. There are different ages, races, occupations, life situations, hair lenghts... 500 pictures of them. With each pic comes information: city - country; often also a short text about the person(s). They wear clothers of everyday/work/special-day clothes; often going somewhere, or working somewhere, or just being around home. Many of them have had, or have currently some hardships, like being a refugee, teen mother, illness survivors, and so on. But you can really see their stregth, and beauty, shining through these images. And that's beautiful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ladan

    Beauty (noun): APPEARANCE (uncountable) a quality that "people", places, or things have that makes them very attractive to look at Well, I get the general idea, no matter what color you are, what shape you are in, where on the planet you come from, fat or thin, tall or short, anything and it's opposite, you are beautiful and heck with the all beauty standards that are fed to us on the media! The problem is that all these "nice words" just aim at women and girls! I find men and boys who feel inse Beauty (noun): APPEARANCE (uncountable) a quality that "people", places, or things have that makes them very attractive to look at Well, I get the general idea, no matter what color you are, what shape you are in, where on the planet you come from, fat or thin, tall or short, anything and it's opposite, you are beautiful and heck with the all beauty standards that are fed to us on the media! The problem is that all these "nice words" just aim at women and girls! I find men and boys who feel insecure about their beauty and appearance, and I assume they also need to know that they are beautiful just the way they are. Yes, beautiful men! I enjoy looking at guys who are beautiful according to my standards, so I expected an atlas of beauty to depict both genders and their stories. Another problem is with the mindset that preaches "beauty on the inside!", as if it has anything to do with the beauty on the outside! I so very much enjoyed the photos (esp the ones without any preparations), and I found the stories impressive and sometimes relatable. I wish I could run the same project taking photos of men. به نظرم زیبایی به جنسیت خاصی مربوط نمیشه بنابراین وقتی داریم شعار میدیم که رنگ، هیکل، محل تولد، چاقی و لاغری و کوتاهی و بلندی و هر صفتی و ضدش اهمیتی ندارن و تمام استانداردهای زیبایی که به خوردمون داده شده رو نقد می کنیم باید دقت کنیم که تمام این "حرفهای قشنگ" فقط زنها و دخترا رو نشونه گرفته، به گمون من مردها و پسرها هم باید بدونن همینطوری که هستن زیبا هستن چون مردها و پسرهای زیادی رو دیدم که بابت ظاهرشون حس بدی داشتن. زیبایی فقط صفت زنها و دخترها نیست من از دیدن پسرها و مردهای زیبا (زیبا طبق استانداردهای خودم) لذت می برم و بنابراین از یک اطلس زیبایی انتظار به تصویر کشیدن زن ها و مردها رو درکنارهم دارم موضوع دیگه اینه که بعضا تو مرورها شعار "زیبایی درون" رو سر میدن که به نظرم باور خطرناکیه چون القاگر این حسه که اونهایی که ظاهر زیبایی دارن به احتمال زیاد باطن زیبایی ندارن. عکس ها بسیار زیبا بودن مخصوصا اونهایی که بدون آمادگی و یکهویی گرفته شدن که قربون ایرانی هاش برم دوتاش کاملا آتلیه ای بود وحس جالبی به من نمیداد. قصه ی زندگی بعضی هاشون واقعا آدم رو تحت تاثیر قرار میده و میتونی باهاشون همذات پنداری کنی. خیلی دوس دارم بتونم پروژه ی مشابهی رو برای به تصویر کشیدن زیبایی مردها و داستان زندگیشون انجام بدم

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The Atlas of Beauty Women of the World in 500 portraits Mihaela Noroc MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ PUBLISHER Ten Speed Press PUBLISHED September 26, 2017 A gorgeous book with a message for us all—beauty is about what’s on the inside, and can teach us tolerance, honesty and kindness. SUMMARY Photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera since 2013. She has been taking photos of every day women from over 50 countries to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas The Atlas of Beauty Women of the World in 500 portraits Mihaela Noroc MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ PUBLISHER Ten Speed Press PUBLISHED September 26, 2017 A gorgeous book with a message for us all—beauty is about what’s on the inside, and can teach us tolerance, honesty and kindness. SUMMARY Photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera since 2013. She has been taking photos of every day women from over 50 countries to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty celebrates women from all corners of the world, and shows the beauty is everywhere regardless of money, race or social status. She has traveled to the Amazon rainforest and the markets in India, London city streets, and the mountains of Afghanistan. These portraits and stories capture just a glimpse into the daily experience of women, the obstacles that hold them back, and the dreams that propel them forward. Ultimately they show that compassion and love can prevail—and beauty, and all of its complexities reigns supreme. — Mihaela Noroc REVIEW This book is a must see! The photographs are astounding and the message is compelling. Mihaela Noroc’s definition of beauty is about just being yourself, natural and authentic. It’s about letting people see what’s on the inside. Her hope is that beauty can teach us tolerance, honesty and kindness. The expressions that she captures are warm and inviting, and the eyes of these women tell us everything we need to know. Noroc should be honored for her efforts in this project. I considered myself blessed to have received this book as a gift and feasted my eyes upon these touching pictures.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mariℓina

    Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails. The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails. The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with the world. Mihaela Noroc succeeds in conveying the message she needs to in every photo and captivating the reader's mind in a very organic and wholesome way. I had been blown away by the sheer beauty of this book and I recommend it to everyone without a single doubt. Women of any color, size and origin are presented respectfully in a book that celebrates womanhood, diversity and acceptance. I found some of the stories heartbreaking and others very sweet but the undertone was too powerful not to hear it loud and clear: Hope, strength and unity. Yes, I fell in love with this gem and proudly so! THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK - 50 Countries, - 500 Photos, - From London to Brazil... From Greece to India... - In the making since 2013 - I want to congratulate the photographer for her work and for putting herself through a variety of difficulties and calamities in order to gather this incredible photo collection from around the world. ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    Movies and magazines would have you think that there is only one standard of beauty for women, namely skinny and white. Since the majority of the women on this planet do not meet this standard, why does this model continue to to sell? Add that to the long list of things I don't understand. This book is a photo essay of sorts. It's a collection of photographs of women from various parts of the world, and it made me smile. Homo Sapiens is one species and a single race, but oh the diverse ways we a Movies and magazines would have you think that there is only one standard of beauty for women, namely skinny and white. Since the majority of the women on this planet do not meet this standard, why does this model continue to to sell? Add that to the long list of things I don't understand. This book is a photo essay of sorts. It's a collection of photographs of women from various parts of the world, and it made me smile. Homo Sapiens is one species and a single race, but oh the diverse ways we adapted to our environs is indeed a thing of beauty. I had not heard about the popular blog that this collection draws from and plan to take a look see. My only complaint is that while many of the photos are luminous, the text is subpar at best. Nature is beautiful, and this book is a wonderful meditation on just that.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    We try to define ideal beauty like its Mount Everest and everyone needs to climb it That's actually wrong. Ideal beauty is much better When we think about it as a million different points on the map. Robert Hoge Own your face, TED talk We try to define ideal beauty like its Mount Everest and everyone needs to climb it That's actually wrong. Ideal beauty is much better When we think about it as a million different points on the map. Robert Hoge Own your face, TED talk

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bloodorange

    It is definitely true that people love looking at other people's faces. I found this book, opened it and could not leave it in a bookstore - finally bought it for my little daughter; it is a great resource to teach about diversity and women's lives in different parts of the world, although some of the descriptions need to be bowdlerized for the youngest. It is definitely true that people love looking at other people's faces. I found this book, opened it and could not leave it in a bookstore - finally bought it for my little daughter; it is a great resource to teach about diversity and women's lives in different parts of the world, although some of the descriptions need to be bowdlerized for the youngest.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    This book was so inspirational... I started reading this book when I was waiting for someone to meet me. In about 10 minutes, I was so caught up in the short stories this book was “telling”, that I didn’t want to put it down. I was praying for the person who had to meet me to be late. Because I wanted to read more and see the women the pictures were about. I read about women who were struggling with problems that I never had and I felt so lucky in comparison with them. I thank the Lord for every This book was so inspirational... I started reading this book when I was waiting for someone to meet me. In about 10 minutes, I was so caught up in the short stories this book was “telling”, that I didn’t want to put it down. I was praying for the person who had to meet me to be late. Because I wanted to read more and see the women the pictures were about. I read about women who were struggling with problems that I never had and I felt so lucky in comparison with them. I thank the Lord for everything. This book opened my eyes even more... And I’m even happier that the book was written by a woman from my country! ❤️ Thank you, Mihaela for the experience you chose to share with us. I’m proud of you! I’m proud that you saw how special these women were. I’m proud you followed your dreams and I’m proud to be a woman! These pictures were amazing. Every single one of them! I recommend this book to everyone. No matter if you are a man or a woman. Because at the end of the day, everyone has something to learn from this book. I completely agree with the saying that “a picture speaks a thousand words”, now, more than ever! Fav quote: “During my travels, I’ve met so many stunning women who told me they don’t feel beautiful at all. Influenced by the way the media depicts beauty, many people feel pressured to follow a certain standard of beauty.”

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    I first heard about this book from a facebook post. I was just randomly scrolling through my feed. It might have been an art modern something page that I liked. Regardless, I clicked on the article and found this photographer and her book fascinating! I immediately went to my local library to see if they had it available and they did. Mihaela travels the world and takes pictures of beautiful women. Not sexually attractive women. Women who are beautiful inside and out. Strong women. Loving women. I first heard about this book from a facebook post. I was just randomly scrolling through my feed. It might have been an art modern something page that I liked. Regardless, I clicked on the article and found this photographer and her book fascinating! I immediately went to my local library to see if they had it available and they did. Mihaela travels the world and takes pictures of beautiful women. Not sexually attractive women. Women who are beautiful inside and out. Strong women. Loving women. A lot of the women photographed in this book have overcome great obstacles. There's poverty, refugee's, woman activists. There are beautiful women that moved to get out of war zones and then when they were adults went back to their home countries to help bring them up in a positive way. To help others that were like them. To share knowledge, love and acceptance. Strong women who work as firefighters, police officers or the military. Amazing women who have persevered. I took pictures of my favorites so I can look back at these strong women's faces. I found comfort in looking into their eyes. Some pictures made me cry. A lot of the photos had short stories of the women in the picture. What they are doing, where they have come from. Inspiring. Such a wonderful look into other cultures. I love the clothing. I loved the older women, they were all so feisty and active. Many women had their own business. It was just awesome to see.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melania 🍒

    Stunningly beautiful and very important . I’ve known about this project for a while, from Facebook. I was happy to find that Mihaela is Romanian, I was so proud of her . I think it takes a big chunk of courage to leave everything behind and step into the unknown with no such thing as a safety net. The idea of the project is fantastic. In these days, especially , we need this kind of empowerment and diversity , we need books that will break the barrier between cultures . We need stories that remi Stunningly beautiful and very important . I’ve known about this project for a while, from Facebook. I was happy to find that Mihaela is Romanian, I was so proud of her . I think it takes a big chunk of courage to leave everything behind and step into the unknown with no such thing as a safety net. The idea of the project is fantastic. In these days, especially , we need this kind of empowerment and diversity , we need books that will break the barrier between cultures . We need stories that remind us that we all in this together and that women have important things to say. And the photographs themselves are very beautiful. Knowing she only worked with natural light makes me love her art even more Frankly , I believe that Mihaela is doing the best thing she could do with her life and her talent . And I’m so happy for her.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    This book comes from the author's online photography project, a glorious collection showing portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, with captions that help share their personal stories. Although this is my first photography book review, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the women's pictures and reading the captions telling about their lives. I love the diversity and strength and hope for the future shown on all of its pages. Check it out if you get a chance. It expresses how beauty This book comes from the author's online photography project, a glorious collection showing portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, with captions that help share their personal stories. Although this is my first photography book review, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the women's pictures and reading the captions telling about their lives. I love the diversity and strength and hope for the future shown on all of its pages. Check it out if you get a chance. It expresses how beauty comes in every age, shape, and shade. I was given an ARC by NetGalley, and the publisher for review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allwynne

    I have wanted this book forever, and boy... I'm so glad I finally have it in my possession. This is a wonderful book that shows women out of all walks of life. This book represents all kinds of women from over 50 countries,and is for all women(+ people of other genders) to enjoy. Not only does it come with photos, it comes with little snapshots or tidbits about their lives, that these people felt compelled to share with the photographer. The photos could also almost speak for themselves, captur I have wanted this book forever, and boy... I'm so glad I finally have it in my possession. This is a wonderful book that shows women out of all walks of life. This book represents all kinds of women from over 50 countries,and is for all women(+ people of other genders) to enjoy. Not only does it come with photos, it comes with little snapshots or tidbits about their lives, that these people felt compelled to share with the photographer. The photos could also almost speak for themselves, capturing these exquisite women in full. What a wonderfully put together collection. <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sapna

    I wish I could give this book 10 stars. One read is never enough to get this book. There is so much to learn from these beautiful faces, apart from the black text. It makes you go through so many ethnicities, so many unsaid stories from these many beautiful eyes, so many dreams, the diverse identities, such combination of grace and strength. In the end, I am glad It highlighted a different and vital component of beauty, far away from the capitalistic world's standards. It has a thing that can ch I wish I could give this book 10 stars. One read is never enough to get this book. There is so much to learn from these beautiful faces, apart from the black text. It makes you go through so many ethnicities, so many unsaid stories from these many beautiful eyes, so many dreams, the diverse identities, such combination of grace and strength. In the end, I am glad It highlighted a different and vital component of beauty, far away from the capitalistic world's standards. It has a thing that can change the way one looks at women. And if you are a woman it will make you fall in love with yourself in a unique way. The pace is slow. And I recommend this book to everybody.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bader

    One of the good deeds.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andreea

    “I would love to see your book. But I don’t know if I will be still alive when it will be published!” I have to admit this made me lose some tears when I read the book. I’m speechless! It’s a very beautiful, gorgeous and amazing book! It makes me proud to be a woman! It’s the first book that I’ve read this year (2018) and I’m glad I started with this one...it was an amazing experience! I am thankful I had the honor to read this book and It will definitely be one of my favorite books! Hands down.. “I would love to see your book. But I don’t know if I will be still alive when it will be published!” I have to admit this made me lose some tears when I read the book. I’m speechless! It’s a very beautiful, gorgeous and amazing book! It makes me proud to be a woman! It’s the first book that I’ve read this year (2018) and I’m glad I started with this one...it was an amazing experience! I am thankful I had the honor to read this book and It will definitely be one of my favorite books! Hands down.....a book that deserves a very big WOW!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katharine Coggeshall

    This is a quick, visual read that I really enjoyed. The photography is a feast for the eyes and the concept is creative and unique. Pictures of women from around the world, in their natural environments, are layered throughout the book. Noroc does an amazing job of finding the inner beauty in each woman and culture. She offers some information about each woman, including their country. I really enjoyed Noroc's layout and photo juxtaposition; it's quite thought provoking. This is a quick, visual read that I really enjoyed. The photography is a feast for the eyes and the concept is creative and unique. Pictures of women from around the world, in their natural environments, are layered throughout the book. Noroc does an amazing job of finding the inner beauty in each woman and culture. She offers some information about each woman, including their country. I really enjoyed Noroc's layout and photo juxtaposition; it's quite thought provoking.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren James

    This was so lovely. It's really nice hearing stories from women all across the world. I would have liked the text to be a bit longer - some pictures didn't have any information about the woman, and I found I wanted to know more about them, Humans of New York style! - but it's a really lovely diverse collection. This was so lovely. It's really nice hearing stories from women all across the world. I would have liked the text to be a bit longer - some pictures didn't have any information about the woman, and I found I wanted to know more about them, Humans of New York style! - but it's a really lovely diverse collection.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rural Soul

    I feel myself lucky to have such an amazing book. 500 most beautiful women who dignified the beauty itself. By staring at them, I could only brood over divine beauty of creator God. I consider myself among those, who are always questioning behaviour of fellows when it comes to word beauty. Everyone has his own sense and scale of beauty. This rolly-polly, innocent looking woman has defined it like that, When I say “beauty,” I mean more than the beauty that we often see today, which is usually a I feel myself lucky to have such an amazing book. 500 most beautiful women who dignified the beauty itself. By staring at them, I could only brood over divine beauty of creator God. I consider myself among those, who are always questioning behaviour of fellows when it comes to word beauty. Everyone has his own sense and scale of beauty. This rolly-polly, innocent looking woman has defined it like that, When I say “beauty,” I mean more than the beauty that we often see today, which is usually about sexual attractiveness, in the service of selling something. If you put the words “beautiful woman” into Google, you’ll see mostly images of seductive women: mouths pouting or lips parted; hands pushing their hair into a bed-head tangle; not many clothes at all. But in this book you will see that beauty means much more. There are so many faces in the book who actually, not literally took my breath away but this special woman ended being my pc desktop picture. I love to see her staring out of computer screen every time I turn on my computer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Wonderful book full of portraits of women from around the world. My favorite part is how the author has made notable effort in destroying the Eurocentric beauty standards that plague the world today, and how the author does it in a way that is respectful of women of color/non European cultures, instead of just race fetishizing. I love that part!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    By seeing the photos and reading the stories of these amazing women from around the world, I feel connected to them, and inspired. I preordered The Atlas Of Beauty as soon as it was available, and when it finally arrived it was exactly what I had hoped it would be.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caesar Min

    Beautifully created stories & portraits of women around the world. I love those colorful eyes & those gazing looks that author captured with great efforts. This could be a great coffee table book too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bhavsi

    absolutely stunning.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leila Gharavi

    Seeing these many women from different countries is a magical trip. You wonder about both the astonishing diversity and the little similarities among women living in completely different places on earth. The narratives may also provide small but interesting pieces of information about each nation's own struggles. Seeing these many women from different countries is a magical trip. You wonder about both the astonishing diversity and the little similarities among women living in completely different places on earth. The narratives may also provide small but interesting pieces of information about each nation's own struggles.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I hate having to give this two stars but I find the title and description a bit misleading. There are tons of beautiful photographs and stories from many different countries which really makes this book special. But after a while I realized that except for one photo from LA all the USA photos was only from New York. I am curious about why she chose to focus only on that city unless her travels didn't include the other states. There are pages that are collages and a few are listed in the back as I hate having to give this two stars but I find the title and description a bit misleading. There are tons of beautiful photographs and stories from many different countries which really makes this book special. But after a while I realized that except for one photo from LA all the USA photos was only from New York. I am curious about why she chose to focus only on that city unless her travels didn't include the other states. There are pages that are collages and a few are listed in the back as being from the USA but with no town listed but probably New York as well. This is a wonderful project and I hope that the author continues portraying the beauty found in women around the globe. I just hope future books which I look forward to include more diversity.

  28. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Absolutely stunning! The photography left me breathless. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Makes a great gift, too! My Rating: 5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Gorgeous! I love this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on. *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on. I applaud the photographer for only using natural light to light her subjects. Personally I favor natural lighting over using a bunch of heavy equipment and also because of flexibility. Also, natural lighting was the perfect type of lighting for these subjects and concept. If the photographer had used strobes and such then it would of gone against her concept in a way. The only issues I had with this book was the amount of type/lack of type and the formatting which might be different by time the finished copy is released. Some excerpts were one sentence and others were a full on two pages. I just wish there was more of a consistency with the formatting but I do understand that sometimes the individuals you are photographing don't have time to sit down and talk long. The one thing that irritated me about this book, and maybe it was because it was a ebook version, but matching up the photograph with the type was really confusing at times because the text would be out of or and then your having the flip pages back and forth. Also at random points in the book the text was red for a couple of lines. Other then the formatting issues I really did enjoy this book. I would be very interested to see what kind of other work this photographer creates in the future. I would definitely recommend this book!

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