Photographer Mihaela Noroc, who hails from Bucharest, Romania, actually quit her day job to travel around the world. The aim was to photograph women from different cultural backgrounds in order to proof that there’s beauty in their differences. The project is called “The Atlas of Beauty“.

Now I can say that beauty is everywhere, and it’s not a matter of cosmetics or sizes but more about being yourself,” says Mihaela Noroc. “In the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the beholder is always somebody else.”

After visiting more than 60 countries with her backpack and camera, 30-year-old Mihaela Noroc is proud to have captured countless stunning portraits of gorgeous women in their own environments. The results is simply remarkable.

Beauty means diversity and I travel the world to discover it. From Western Europe to African Tribes, and from Rio de Janeiro to China, I try to capture, in my photos, natural and diverse faces.   In my opinion, beauty means to keep alive your origins and your culture.  To be natural, sincere, authentic, particular, not necessary fashion or skinny. Maybe in 50 years all women from all around the world will dress and act the same. I hope my project will remain a witness of my era’s cultures and traditions. My goal is to continue for many years and to study beauty in all countries of the globe, if possible, making this Atlas a project known around the world and an inspiration for all women that try to be themselves“, says the photographer.

And, yes. She likes Tokyo’s modern boulevards, as mush as remote communities, where locals have been living for more than 200 years. She actually enjoys spending time with them, each and everyone of them, sleeping in their homes, sharing food with them. And then comes the “click”.

I love to meet diverse people, to go beyond the surface, to discover their sincere and authentic side, to photograph it“, she adds.

And “The Atlas of the Beauty” definitely is the project of her life. Thumbs up, Mihaela Noroc. What a fantastic work. What an extraordinary life.