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“love me”: a reflection on the worldwide pursuit of beauty

11/02/12 , , , ,

in a five-year stretch, documentary photographer zed nelson spent time in 18 countries across 5 continents.  why you might ask?  the $160 billion-a-year industry and “new religion” better known as beauty.  nelson’s photo project “love me” focuses on “the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty.”  by depicting things like advertising, beauty pageants, eating disorders and cosmetic surgeries from all over the world, nelson “explores how a new form of globalization is taking place, where an increasingly narrow Western beauty ideal is being exported around the world like a crude universal brand.”

click through the photo gallery below for some of this interesting project (even more pics here).

what do you think about the issues raised in nelson’s work?  do his photos/words stack up with the depictions of beauty that you’re accustomed to?

first spotted at flavorwire.

related: real-life photoshop

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