The Atlas of Beauty is a project done by Mihaela Noroc, a photographer. She had traveled to many countries and collected pictures of women from around the world. These pictures collected had been published in a book of 352 pages. The book which contains 500 portraits of women from about 50 countries had been released on 26th September 2017. She had been traveling for many years with her backpack and camera in clicking these photos and finally, her work is out

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL. Sona is celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, and among the most spectacular gatherings I witnessed in my travels. A time to forgive and to be forgiven, Holi marks the coming of spring, when good triumphs over evil.

She had clicks pictures of different women of different ages and sizes. Mihaela had said that beauty lies in your differences and that it’s about being yourself, natural and authentic. Also had said that it is not about trends or race or social status. She had also said that she had noticed while traveling that women are under a lot of pressure to look and behave in a certain way. She ad said that in some countries they are under pressure to look beautiful while in some they are under pressure to be modest. And had said that every woman should feel free to express their feeling than being under pressure of any marketing campaigns or trends or social norms.


CHICHICASTENANGO, GUATEMALA. Maria is a vegetable vendor in the market of her small town. She became shy as soon as she saw the camera.

It is said that the actual beauty comes from inside, inspiring serenity and humanity. And that if our outside is natural and authentic our inside would be more visible. Had said that we need to learn to be ourselves and that in order to do that we need to let others be themselves.


TEHRAN, IRAN. Her name is Mahsa, which means “like a moon” in Persian. When she was an adolescent, her father insisted 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.

Noroc had said that in Iran she was welcomed well as a westerner by the people and that the women even loved to be photographed. And had said that outside the Western world it was one of the countries where she was rarely refused a photograph. Noroc had said that she hopes her book will get into many homes around the world convincing many people that diversity is a treasure and that it’s not a trigger for conflicts and hate. She had said that we are very different but are a part of the same family. The book is out for pre-order on Amazon and for international retailers check her website.


REYKJAVIK, ICELAND. : I met Thorunn in her hometown on a freezing day. But her warm personality made me forget the cold. A popular singer in Iceland, she was also a new mom to a baby girl, whom she wants to grow up happy and confident. So Thorunn started an online community called “Good Sister,” which drew a third of the women in her country to join in support of one another by sharing their stories and giving encouragement.

#5 There are 500 portraits of women in the book

NEW YORK, USA. Abby and Angela are sisters with an Ethiopian mother and a Nigerian father. Both parents worked for the United Nations so the sisters grew up in six different countries, on three different continents. This gave them a broad perspective and allowed them to see where need was the greatest. After graduation, they both plan to move to Africa and put their knowledge in the service of that amazing continent.

#6 She had started this project in 2013 after inspired by a trip to Ethiopia

OMO VALLEY, ETHIOPIA. With the high temperatures here, nudity is not unusual. Her tribe is called the Daasanach and they have lived in isolation for generations.


DELPHI, GREECE. On a normal day, Eleni works in her family’s restaurant. But once a year, she dresses like this for Easter. It’s fascinating to see that, despite the fact that Greece is a modern country, it preserves many of its ancient traditions.


HAVANA, CUBA. An actress? A model? No, she wishes only to finish her studies and become a nurse.


PARIS, FRANCE. I met Imane at an art exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, her favorite place to dream, before she had to leave for a job interview. She is studying art at a university and also works in three restaurants and does some babysitting to support herself. But she wants to someday have an art gallery, one that will bring together artists from different cultures. She has African and European roots and loves the diversity of the world.

#10 Noroc had traveled to more than 50 countries and clicked pictures

ISTANBUL, TURKEY. 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. But that’s not the case with Pinar.
She is Turkish Cypriot and has long dreamed of becoming a theatre actress. So, she moved from Cyprus to Turkey, worked hard and fulfilled her dream. While she loves playing different roles on stage, in real life, she adores being herself, natural and free. In the end, beauty is about being yourself, something people like Pinar prove to be true.


MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. Captain Berenice Torres is a helicopter pilot for the Mexican Federal Police. This brave woman, who is also a mother, is part of a special forces unit to fight drug cartels, or to rescue people from natural disasters


RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. Amal—her name means “hope” in Arabic—is Palestinian, but has lived in Saudi Arabia from age five, when her family moved there. “One year ago, I came back to Palestine for my studies. I really feel at home here. I feel I can become the woman I want to be.”

#13 Norac had said that she wants to honor the wonderful women in the world

NAMPAN, MYANMAR. For many people around the world, this is what shopping looks like. They don’t have their own cars, or big homes, or bank accounts. But most of them are great examples of dignity, strength, generosity, and honesty. If more of those who have fortunes and power would learn from these wonderful people, we would live in a much better world.


PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA. Rarely have I seen such a concentration of uniforms; they are everywhere in this society. This woman was a guide at a military museum.

#15 Beauty is about being yourself

WEST JERUSALEM, ISRAEL. When I saw her walking on the street, I briefly thought that we had gone back in time. Rikki loves to wear vintage clothes and is very creative. She was born in Russia to a Jewish family and decided to move to Jerusalem.


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. Awhile ago, Jade took out a loan, bought a professional camera, and started to learn photography. She dreams of traveling and taking photos all over the world. I had the same dream—and it came true.


MILAN, ITALY. Caterina began dancing when she was three years old. Her mother, Barbara, was supportive, but knew that there were few opportunities to study ballet in their small town so, although her husband and son stayed behind, she moved with Caterina to Milan, where her daughter could fulfill her dream and attend one of the most esteemed schools in the world. Art requires huge sacrifices, but imagine how Barbara feels today seeing Caterina dancing on the celebrated stage of La Scala.

#18 The book is out on Amazon for pre-order

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