Beauty is a very subjective thing. What one person may deem beautiful could be seen as something entirely different to another person. Given these differences, if we attempted to define beauty as something objective we'd have problems.
People feel the constant need to change their appearance in order to be "beautiful," and this goes so far that it actually damages people both mentally and physically. Recently, a UK-based online doctor service asked graphic designers from around the world to Photoshop the picture below to reflect their country's "ideal man."
1. The Original, Unaltered Photo
What they wanted to see was what appearance was deemed attractive in other countries. In their own words, they said: "Our own research found that 40% of men in the UK felt pressure from television and magazines to have a ‘perfect’ body and this has negative effects on how they view themselves and others."
The resulting photos from this experiment are extremely interesting.
Apparently, Down Under they didn't feel the need to touch up the photo too much. Just a slight trim of the waistline and jawline, and a hint of a tan turned the original into Australia's Mr. Wonderful.
According to their Photoshopper, the perfect gentleman in Bangladesh sports a slightly heavier beard and a bit more body hair. His torso gets a modest makeover, too. He's not what you'd call fit, but not pudgy or soft, either.
China introduces a bit of muscle, giving the man of the hour some definition in the shoulders and taking some of the bulk off the legs and the trunk. He has clearly lost some weight in his face, too.
In Colombia, we're back to a man of leisure rather than labor. He's not as weighty as the original, but he's still solid. If anything, he looks a bit younger, with fewer lines in his face and a defiant look in his eye.