Compare and Contrast what it means to be beautiful around the world, with this short activity based on a project made by Esther Honig, a freelance journalist based out of Kansas City, sent an unaltered photograph of herself to more than 40 Photoshop aficionados around the world. "Make me beautiful," she said, hoping to bring to light how standards of beauty differ across various cultures.
Activity includes worksheet with instructions, questions, reflection/essay questions, and link to video and article related to this journalism project.
I use this for my AP Spanish Language and Culture activity, but the activity is pretty easy; therefore, it can be applied to any other course related to Spanish, Sociology, etc. Activity is written entirely in Spanish.
The project, titled Before & After, originally came to Honig while she was working as a social media manager for a small startup. Her boss introduced her to Fiverr, an international freelancing website where anyone can hire freelancers from around the globe to complete almost any task imaginable. While browsing the site, Honig realized the prevalence of those offering Photoshop skills. "It immediately occurred to me that in this pool of workers, each individual likely had an aesthetic preference particular to their own culture," Honig told BuzzFeed. Thus, the idea for Before & After was born.