Art & Design

The Atlas Of Beauty

Mihaela Noroc gathered 500 of her portraits of women around the world in an unusual book called “The Atlas of Beauty.”

In the last four years I have traveled almost continuously around the world, photographing women and listening to their stories. Now I gathered 500 of these portraits in a unique book called The Atlas of Beauty.

Through this book I want to honor the wonderful women of our world. To show that their beauty has no bounds, so acceptance, love, and compassion shouldn’t either.

I hope this book will get into many homes around the world, convincing more people that diversity is a treasure and not a trigger for conflicts and hate. We are very different but at the same time we are all part of the same family. — Mihaela Noroc

Reprinted with permission from The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Photographs © 2017 by Mihaela Noroc

To purchase The Atlas of Beauty on Amazon, click here.

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

“Rafaela and Obax told me about how difficult it is sometimes to be both black and lesbian. But their relationship seemed stronger than the prejudice they face.”

Istanbul, Turkey

“This woman was in an LGBT Pride parade. In a country that becomes more and more conservative, the LGBT community here faces a lot of challenges but these brave and courageous people are standing up for their rights.”

Paris, France

“I met Lucille and Amélie during an LGBT protest. They both felt that the intolerance against sexual minorities is growing year by year in their city.”

Salvador, Brazil

“Dandara is a transgender woman. As an adolescent, she started to understand that she was very different from the other boys she knew, including her twin brother. She told me that although she was born a boy, her total essence is one of a girl. Growing up in a traditional environment, Dandara was always surrounded by misconceptions. But her passions for dancing and styling have helped her overcome many obstacles and become a confident and happy woman.”

Milan, Italy

“Giulia has felt androgynous — male and female — since she was a child. Now she has this word tattooed on her chest, in Greek.”

Portrait of Photography Mihaela Noroc


This article has been changed from the original article, we have corrected the spelling of the photographers name.  We thought this was quite a important amendment to make. 😉 




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