"Beauty is everywhere, and it’s not a matter of cosmetics, money, race or social status, but more about being yourself," writes Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc, currently traveling the world to capture images of women internationally. Recently she traveled to North Korea to document women, in a rare opportunity for media coverage of the population. 

"Beauty is everywhere, and it’s not a matter of cosmetics, money, race or social status, but more about being yourself," writes Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc, currently traveling the world to capture images of women internationally. Recently she traveled to North Korea to document women, in a rare opportunity for media coverage of the population. Nroc was accompanied by guides and her visitations were restricted and controlled, but she photographed North Korean women in many contexts, finding most women happy to participate.

"Women of North Korea are not familiar with global trends but this doesn't mean that they are not preoccupied by their looks," Nroc writes. "They have a passion for high heels and usually wear classic outfits, always accompanied by a pin, on the chest, representing the country's former leaders. During celebrations and other special occasions they wear traditional colorful outfits. Even the lady that presents the TV news wears this kind of clothes every evening."

Nroc is still working on her photography project, The Atlas of Beauty. On the project, she writes, “Until now, because of my small budget, I had to choose only one age category. So I chose my own. But in the future, I plan to study all ages and bring more diversity into the project.”

Post by Rachel Cassandra.