Mihaela Noroc, a 30-year-old Romanian photographer, knows that there’s much more to beauty than what is displayed in glossy fashion magazines. To prove it to the world, she quit her job, went traveling, and started The Atlas of Beauty, a photography project for which Noroc took portraits of young women from 60 different countries.

Kathmandu, Nepal.

Bogota, Colombia

Tibetan Plateau, China

For Noroc, “beauty means to keep alive your origins and your culture. To be natural, sincere, authentic, particular, not necessary fashion.”

Amazon jungle, Ecuador.

New York, USA


Noroc explains to The Telegraph, “I prefer to photograph natural faces, without a lot of make-up, and to capture that moment of sincerity and serenity that is so specific for women.”

Otavalo, Ecuador.


Noroc has great hopes for her project, “Maybe in 50 years all women from all around the world will dress and act the same. I hope my project will remain a witness of my era’s cultures and traditions.”

Oxford, UK.

Havana, Cuba.

To support Mihaela Noroc’s project, visit her website, follow her on Instagram, and like her on Facebook.