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. 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 rainforest 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.
"Real beauty has no bounds," she says. "You can find it in Africa or in Europe, in a village or in a skyscraper, in a smile, in a gesture, in an intense gaze, in some wrinkles, or in a story. Real beauty is in our differences and is all around us. We just have to open our eyes and see it."
Speaking exclusively to GLAMOUR UK, she said: "While traveling around the world and doing The Atlas of Beauty, I noticed that almost everywhere women feel a pressure to look in a certain way, to act in a certain way. They feel a pressure to be beautiful. Although beauty is perceived differently around the world, this pressure exists beyond that."
Mihaela found herself asking how we, as woman, can take this pressure from our shoulders and have more freedom to express ourselves.
She decided to “democratise” it, explaining: "What I’m trying to communicate through my project is yes, beauty does matter, but real beauty is much more than what we usually see in the media. Real beauty has no bounds. Real beauty is intelligence, is kindness, is wisdom, is tolerance. You can find it in Africa, in Asia, in a woman from a village, or in a woman working in a skyscraper, in a smile, in a gesture, in an intense gaze, in some wrinkles, in a story. We just have to open our eyes and see it.
"In my project I try to show both conventional and unconventional beauty. In a time when our world is more and more polarised, this is a project that tries to reach a large audience, sending a message of unity. It’s a project about all kinds of women, about minorities and majorities, about young and old, about progressive and traditional societies."
Here are our favourite images from the project with Mihaela's comments on each woman...
The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits by Mihaela Noroc is published on the 6th September by Penguin.