Simple but extraordinary pictures of Indian beauties. ‘The Atlas of Beauty’ project.

This article is an excerpt from the Atlas Of Beauty, a project by Mihaela Noroc, a 30 year old photographer from Bucharest, Romania. Mihaela describes about the project in her own words as follows:

 Mihaela Noroc
Mihaela Noroc

The Atlas Of Beauty is a project about our planet’s diversity shown through portraits of women. Since almost 3 years ago, I travel around the world with my backpack and my camera. In this journey I photograph natural women surrounded by their environment. Until now I visited more than 45 countries.

Today The Atlas of Beauty is one of the most popular photo projects in the world. It has strong communities on Facebook and Instagram while its Tumblr blog was the third most viral in 2015.

When I started the project in 2013 I didn’t imagine that 3 years later I will talk about it live, on CNN, or on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.

The Guardian, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Forbes, BBC, Spiegel, Corriere della Sera are just a few other media outlets that featured the project and showed my photos to the world.

Through my photography I want to capture that feeling of warmth and serenity which comes from the eyes of a woman and can balance sometimes the negativity we see in the media.

Many people from all around the world face discrimination just because they have a certain color, religion, ethnicity or because they are women. I think beauty is diversity and it can teach us to be more tolerant.

My goal is to continue for many years and capture beauty in all countries of the globe, if possible, making this Atlas an inspiration for all women that try to be themselves, natural and authentic. See below the photographs of Indian women taken by Mihaela who were featured in the ‘Atlas of Beauty’ project

In Sikhism, men and women are two sides of the same coin of the human and they have equal rights. Many followers never cut their hair, covering it with a turban. They always wear the kirpan, which is a short dagger symbolising a Sikh’s duty to come to the defence of those in danger.
In Sikhism, men and women are two sides of the same coin of the human and they have equal rights.
Many followers never cut their hair, covering it with a turban. They always wear the kirpan, which is a short dagger symbolising a Sikh’s duty to come to the defence of those in danger.
Policewoman in Pushkar, India.
Policewoman in Pushkar, India.
On special occasions, the students attend their college lessons dressed in traditional outfits.
On special occasions, the students attend their college lessons dressed in traditional outfits.
Parsi young woman in Mumbai, India. The Parsis are descended from Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated to India more than 1000 years ago. The biggest Parsi communities live in Mumbai around beautiful Zoroastrian temples, following their ancient traditions.
Parsi young woman in Mumbai, India.
The Parsis are descended from Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated to India more than 1000 years ago.
The biggest Parsi communities live in Mumbai around beautiful Zoroastrian temples, following their ancient traditions.
Rajasthan, a magical part of India where almost every woman wears colorful traditional outfits and a multitude of jewelries. Photo: in Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Rajasthan, a magical part of India where almost every woman wears colorful traditional outfits and a multitude of jewelries.
Photo: in Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Hindu pilgrim making an offering on the Ganges river. A few weeks ago in Varanasi, India.
Hindu pilgrim making an offering on the Ganges river. A few weeks ago in Varanasi, India.
The Mumbai lady who will turn 100 years old the next year. Imagine, a century of history seen through these beautiful eyes.
The Mumbai lady who will turn 100 years old the next year.
Imagine, a century of history seen through these beautiful eyes.
On the streets of Mumbai, India.
On the streets of Mumbai, India.
In the Sikh religion, Langar is the common canteen where food is served for free to all visitors. This is the Langar of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India that serves food to about 100.000 people, in a normal day.
In the Sikh religion, Langar is the common canteen where food is served for free to all visitors.
This is the Langar of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India that serves food to about 100.000 people, in a normal day.
The Atlas of Beauty is in India. Each morning she comes from her small village, to Varanasi. She sells in the market, with her family.
The Atlas of Beauty is in India.
Each morning she comes from her small village, to Varanasi. She sells in the market, with her family.

 

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Sonali Anand

Sonali Anand

She is a propagator and patron of women empowerment and self-dependency. Through her writings, she wants to infuse confidence in this section of society so that they can emerge strong. Hence, she quit her job to start blogging as her full-time engagement. She provides counselling to women to start their career in different fields which vary from management to home science.

She is an MBA in Finance.
Sonali Anand

Sonali Anand

She is a propagator and patron of women empowerment and self-dependency. Through her writings, she wants to infuse confidence in this section of society so that they can emerge strong. Hence, she quit her job to start blogging as her full-time engagement. She provides counselling to women to start their career in different fields which vary from management to home science.She is an MBA in Finance.

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