For her project Before & After, Kansas City-based radio journalist Esther Honig sent a photograph of herself to Photoshop professionals around the globe with one simple request: “Make me look beautiful.”
Using the freelancing website Fiverr, she heard back from 27 artists, who, informed by the nuances of their own experiences, edited her face to resemble a version of “ideal” femininity. A few submitted multiple images. A few of the results were so drastic that they left the unrecognizable Honig breathless. n each image, we can rediscover the normally invisible yet pervasive pressures faced by modern women laid bare.