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Co je to Atlas KRÁSY? 25 fotek žen z celého SVĚTA.

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Mihaela Noroc, fotografka z Rumunska, cestuje po světě 6 let, aby se učila o jiných kulturách. S ohledem na to vytvořila projekt nazvaný Atlas krásy, prostřednictvím kterého objevuje „nepovšimnutou krásu, která kvete v každé ženě“. Fotografie Noroc brilantně zachycují vnější a vnitřní přitažlivost těchto žen, bez ohledu na jejich věk, rasu nebo národnost.

1. Nepál

2. Maroko

3. Island

4. Írán

5. Guatemala

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I met Jacinta last year, in a Mayan village called Chichicastenango, in Guatemala. Her story begins many, many years ago. It was 1916, when a 50 years old woman in Guatemala decided to cause herself an abortion. She thought she is too old to have another baby. The abortion failed and a few months later Jacinta was born. Now make the calculation. Yes, Jacinta is 103 years old. She was a surviver, even before she was born. She was the youngest daughter, so according to tradition she took care of her parents until they passed away. Then she got married, but the marriage wasn’t so great. Her husband used to be quite oppressive so they didn’t get along very well. She was 70 years old when he passed away. But Jacinta admitted frankly: after that she finally started to enjoy herself for the first time in her life. She was still feeling young and the best time of her life was just beginning. Jacinta lived by herself until she was 99 years old. Then, after broking a foot, she decided to live with one of her granddaughters. The granddaughter told me that Jacinta was always a humorous person. Once in a while she tells her laughing that her bed is really cold and she needs somebody there. When I met them, they were coming from a technician where they adjusted Jacinta’s hearing aid. Now she needs it more than ever, because she recently started to learn Spanish. Although Spanish is the official language of the country, Jacinta have spoken all of her life only Quiché, her indigenous native tongue. Now she watches TV programs in Spanish and asks her granddaughter about the new words that she hears. Incredible, right? So what are the secrets of Jacinta’s longevity? One is for sure the food. Jacinta always loved to cook and kept in her memory dozens of traditional Mayan recipes. Her granddaughter gathered them and opened a traditional restaurant. Most recipes are very sophisticated, meat is rarely used, and there’s a rich combination of herbs. I could go on with stories about this extraordinary woman, but 103 years of strength and beauty would never get enough text. I just hope this inspires you to always be as young in spirit and beautiful as Jacinta.

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6. Etiopie

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I took this photo in Omo Valley, Ethiopia, in 2016. In this remote place, you can see communities living as they did thousands of years ago. Her tribe is called Daasanach and has lived in isolation for generations. With the high temperatures here, nudity is not unusual. Only 100 kilometres away, you can see some women wearing hijabs, on the way to the mosque, and others wearing thin, white veils, on the way to the church. Further away, in the capital, most of the women adopted a modern way of life. The diversity of this fascinating country is one of the things that inspired me to start this project more than five years ago, during my first journey in Ethiopia. In the meantime I took thousands of portraits in almost 60 countries and 500 of them can be found in The Atlas of Beauty Book, accompanied by fascinating stories. If you haven’t purchased the book yet, now it’s a great moment to do that because it has very good prices on most of the online bookstores. More than that, in September, a paperback version of the book will be launched in some countries. More details very soon.

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7. Itálie

8. Moldavsko

9. Indonésie

10. Saúdská Arábie

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Nujood is a painter, so when I met her in February, in the old town of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I said to myself that I have to find a picturesque shot. But the light was really bad so we stayed for hours drinking tea and chatting, like so many locals love to do. After a lovely conversation, the picturesque shot was finally there, waiting for us. From the beginning, Nujood was attracted by the visual part of life. Maybe because since childhood she suffered from a hearing disability and had to learn lip reading. Today she wears hearing aids in both ears and that makes her life much easier. She feels fortunate and wants to give back to those in need. That’s why, besides painting, she also works with children with learning disabilities. She knows from her own experience what they need most. #SaudiArabia #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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11. Peru

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Escolastica is 88 years old and lives in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in Peru. When I met her, a few months ago, she was walking on the way home. She was joyful and energetic, full of humour and wisdom. She told me she has walked and walked all of her life, on the steep slopes of this fascinating valley, between its isolated villages, sometimes carrying heavy burdens, exactly like her ancestors, the Incas. In our world we go to gym to stay in shape and buy tours to visit such breathtaking landscapes. But Escolastica has all these for free. Without doubt, life is very hard in this kind of places, but it comes with different kind of rewards. And maybe this is the secret of Escolastica’s bright and vivid spirit. #Peru #AroundTheWorld #TheAtlasOfBeauty by @mihaela_noroc

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12. Tibet

13. Kuba

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For a musician, the competition is incredible in Cuba. Probably nowhere in the world you’ll find such a density of extraordinary musicians. So to make it to the top, besides talent, you need years and years of practice. I met Yansa last October, on the colonial streets of old Havana, where she was playing with her band, at a terrace. Here the best music is on the streets, at terraces, in bars, not so much in concert halls. Yansa plays the flute since she was 8. While most of the other children were outside, playing, she was inside, practicing hard, defying the heat and the tiredness. But she told me that all the sacrifices worth it. Today she can make a decent living from doing what she loves most. More than that, she also supports her parents, financially. She knows how many efforts they did for her and now she’s happy to help them too. Economically speaking, there are many shortages in Cuba. Humanly speaking, there’s definitely no shortage of beautiful people. #Cuba #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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14. Afghánistán

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I took this photo last year in the Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan. She was working in the field in one of the most remote places of the world, a place where nature and people are beautiful but life is so harsh. The terrible conflicts that dominated Afghanistan for the past 40 years never reached her village but were always very close, taking from her any chance to have a better life. These days I’m in Iraqi Kurdistan, another amazing place of our planet with beautiful people that suffered so much because of the wars. If we could really see and appreciate the beauty of our planet, we could make it a much better place for everybody. #Afghanistan #Wakhan #AroundTheWorld #TheAtlasOfBeauty

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15. Francie

16. Tádžikistán

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They are surrounded by some of the world's highest mountains and live in a very isolated environment. It takes a lot of time to get to their spectacular region, but it's definitely worth the effort. The Pamiris don't have their own country and live in a mountainous area which stretches from eastern Tajikistan, to northeastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and western China. With their thick eyebrows, colourful outfits, elegance and amazing strength, Pamiri women are part of one of the most particular ethnic groups in the world. Most of them follow Nizari Ismailism and often blend beautiful traditions with liberal views about the world. I took this photo last year in Gorno-Badakhshan which is an autonomous region of #Tajikistan. #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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17. Indie

18. Norsko

19. Kypr

20. Brazílie

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Traveling a few months ago in Brazil was a real life lesson for me. This incredible country has much poverty, violence, and suffering, but it doesn’t forget to smile, to dance, to be kind and warm-hearted, even in the most difficult moments, like the economic crisis that followed the boom years. Suelem was born in a Rio de Janeiro favela, then sent to live with her aunt in São Paulo to escape the poverty. She moved back in Rio and now works hard seven days a week in an accessories shop hoping for a better future. For more portraits and stories please order The Atlas of Beauty book. For any book the first days of life are decisive so I would be very grateful if you decide to order today. Link in bio.

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21. Kyrgyzstán

22. Írán

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LATER EDIT: Setareh is from Tehran, Iran. I photographed her in her home, last year, where we talked about her passion for poetry. Thank you so much for so many answers. Let’s not forget that wherever we’re from, we are part of the same family called humanity and the goal of this game is to underline that. ———————————- I’m starting a series called “Guess where she’s from?” I will sometimes be posting photos of women that I photographed from all corners of the world, asking you to guess where are they from. Through this small game I want to show that although we are so different, there are many similar things that unite us and sometimes it’s very hard to say where is somebody from. We are part of different cultures and traditions, and we should celebrate that, but in the same time we are all part of the same great family called humanity. So guess where she’s from. I will leave a comment with the answer in a few hours.

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23. Španělsko

24. Spojené státy

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I met them in New York, in February. Abby and Angela are sisters born to an Ethiopian mother and a Nigerian father. Both parents worked for the United Nations so the sisters grew up in six different countries, on three different continents. This gave them a broad perspective and allowed them to see where need was the greatest. After graduation, they both plan to move to Africa and put their knowledge in the service of that amazing continent. Their enthusiasm is inspiring, and Angela’s words express that perfectly. “Among my peers in my age group, I want to start a movement of coming back to the continent. I want to shine a light on the potential of my people, and I want to lift the entire region out of the health confict it is in, putting power in the brilliant youth, using local talent, and customizing policies that work in the African setting rather than transposing Western policies.” #TheAtlasOfBeauty #NewYork #AroundTheWorld #Africa #Sisters

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25. Řecko

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Tak jak se vám líbí tento pečlivě sesbíraný atlas krásy? Podle nás je to hezké gesto. Alespoň můžeme pohromadě vidět, jak jsme všichni odlišní a přesto tak stejní. Jak výstižně řekla autorka těchto fotek – Krása je universálním jazykem světa.

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