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Portrait of 27-year-old Sichuan woman has amazed the world

By Gao Yinan (People's Daily Online)    13:30, January 25, 2016
Portrait of 27-year-old Sichuan woman has amazed the world
Zhang Ran, 27, runs a clothing store in Leshan, southwest China's Sichuan province.(Screenshot/Facebook)

Mihaela Noroc, 30, is a photographer from Romania. She quit her job and took her backpack and camera three years ago and began to travel around the globe, photographing hundreds of beautiful women in different countries and cultures for her project called "The Atlas of Beauty".

She travels on a very low budget, so far through 45 countries, and captures portraits of women. A photo of a Chinese beauty taken on a "bright night in Chengdu" has attracted attention of netizens all over the world.

The photographer, now in Egypt, told Chengdu Business News, "We often see people waging war because of cultural or ethnic differences through the media. I think we need an 'Atlas of Beauty' to show the world that diversity is a beautiful thing, instead of the reason for conflicts."

Mihaela said her project could reduce or eliminate the fallacy of people of different races. People are proud of their own culture, but at the same time respect and appreciate other great cultures.

On April 27 last year, she launched a crowd funding project online. Up to now, she has raised $43,000 from a total of 698 people who support her project. In return, she committed to provide an e-book or postcard of The Atlas of Beauty to people who helped her.

Mihaela speaks five languages, but not Chinese. When she arrived in China last August, besides Chengdu, Sichuan province, she also visited Beijing, Guangzhou and Gansu. "I do not speak Chinese, but some of the women I photographed spoke English. Sometimes, I used WeChat Translation for communication with Chinese people."

"To me, China is a very great country. Chinese people are nice and honest. I like them very much," she added.

After Mihaela Noroc posted the photo of the young woman in Sichuan on Facebook, a web user named Andrea Kore wrote, "I never understood why Chinese women try to change their looks with plastic surgery to be close to the so called western standard, they are very beautiful as they are, different, that is true, but from that difference comes the beauty. Anyway this is a very beautiful young woman and I hope she knows this."

The young woman in the photo named Zhang Ran, 27 runs a clothing store in Leshan, Sichuan province. "Meeting with the female photographer is kind of fate," she said. Zhang met with Mihaela at the end of September last year when she was in Chengdu for purchasing goods.

Zhang Ran remembered that Michaela smiled and took a few glances of her when she passed by. "I smiled at her out of politeness. I did not expect that she would come back to me," said Zhang. Michaela expressed her intention of taking a photo of her in English but Zhang refused at first. Then Michaela showed her magazines with photos she has taken. "Maybe she wanted to tell me that she is not a liar. I said yes then," Said Zhang. 

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Gao Yinan,Wu Chengliang)

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