An experiment reveals what the physically perfect man in 19 countries looks like
The image of any man was photoshopped according to the aesthetic criteria of each country.
Last year, a group of doctors based in the United Kingdom asked 19 graphic designers from different countries to photoshop the image of a woman to represent the beauty standards of different countries. To do this, the graphic designers were sent the image of a woman to represent the beauty standards of different countries. the graphic designers were sent a photograph of a woman (original image)..
The result represented the perception of the "perfect woman", a collection of retouched snapshots that made it possible to visualize the difference between the tastes of different countries. The designers changed the shape of the body, the hair and even her facial features.
New experiment: the ideal man
In view of the worldwide repercussions of the experiment, the website Superdrug Online Doctor has conducted a new experiment he has named "Perceptions of Perfection Part II: What is the image of the ideal man?". the same test is carried out, but this time with the male sex.. To know what the perfect man looks like, the answer will depend on where we live. The canon of beauty will not be the same in Spain as in Egypt.
And although other factors such as health or self-confidence are also important to define the perfect man, this experiment only focused on the physical aspect. To carry it out, they contacted different graphic designers, 11 women and 8 men, to manipulate the image of a photographer in New York (United States), and gave them the same instructions as in the case of the experiment to define the perfect woman in different countries.
Men also suffer from problems of body image perception.
We often talk about body image perception problems affecting women, and when we talk about pathologies such as anorexia or bulimia, we rarely take into account that men also suffer from their bodies. Certainly, the disorder that is associated with men is the vigorexiabut it is often overlooked.
In the West, men also suffer from the influence of the media regarding the canon of beauty, and, just like women, body confidence can be negative, as many strive to achieve a certain level of body shape. many strive to achieve a level of physical attractiveness that is often impossible to attain.. This study demonstrates the cultural and advertising influence on people's perceptions.
The photographs of the experiment
Below you can see the original image and the retouched images of the experiment.
This is the original image of the experiment that was sent to all graphic designers. The image was not manipulated in any way: you are looking at a real man,
Physically, the Australian differs from the original in that he has more youthful features. He also has a rounder face and a bit more color.
The Bangladeshi guy is slightly thinner and has a darker skin tone. He wears a different brief than the original. For some reason, the Bangladeshi designer felt that the change of swimsuit was especially flattering to the model.
The Chinese is quite a bit thinner and his eyes have been adapted to be more slanted, more typically oriental. In general, his features have been photoshopped to make them characteristic of that country.
The Colombian is somewhat thinner, with a more rectangular face. The skin tone is light.
The Croatian one is also light-skinned, but is thinner and stronger in the upper body.
The Egyptian has a filmy body, with very pronounced abs and pectorals. The skin is dark and he has more hair than the original model.
The Indonesian also has a darker skin tone and is leaner than the original.
The Macedonian one is quite white skinned and very thin. Interestingly, the designer decided to change the posture of his arms.
The Nigerian has a rockier physique and very dark skin. His hairstyle has also been altered: in this case it is more rounded than the original.
The Pakistani also has a strong physique with large arms and shoulders. But unlike the previous one, he has white skin.
The one from the Philippines has strong abs and a rounder face. On this occasion, the arms look a bit unnatural.
Portugal's has a more rectangular face and has a darker skin color than the original.
The Russian one has a strong body, with well-crafted arms, shoulders and chest. In addition, the designer has allowed himself to give him a blond mane.
Serbia's has a robust look and has a tribal tattoo on his arm.
The South African has a more youthful look with a well worked abdominal area, as well as a dark skin tone.
The Spanish one is quite similar to the original, but a bit more stylized. It doesn't look like the designer went out of his way to transform the image.
The British one is thinner than the original. It is striking that it has a slightly darker color than the Spanish one.
The American has a very athletic body and a very Californian aesthetic, toupee included. He looks like he just stepped out of a surfer movie.
The Venezuelan designer has also opted for a strong physique, even with marked abs, and a light skin tone.
Possibly, this study is not entirely representative, since for each country there was only one graphic designer who captured his or her transformation of the original model. This means that the representation of each nationality expresses the subjective vision of each designer, and therefore does not allow us to distinguish faithfully which does not allow us to distinguish faithfully which are the most coveted aesthetic attributes in each country..
However, the above results indicate some cultural preferences. For example, the athletic body of the United States or the slim physique of the Chinese model. Be that as it may, it is a curious 'experiment' that, perhaps, will help us to rethink certain things.
(Updated at Mar 28 / 2023)