Photography books II.: Mihaela Noroc

Mihaela Noroc: The Atlas of Beauty

This 32-year old photographer from Bucharest has been travelling all around the world in the last couple of years to take pictures of beautiful women. Singapore, France, Brazil, Iran, Tibet, Ecuador, Myanmar and Mexico are just few of the places she has already visited. According to Mihaela’s Instagram, she is currently in India to ‘explore the unnoticed beauty which lies in people around us’.
She also tells stories about the women she photographs. What it is like to be working as living statues in Ukraine? What it is like to live with a birthmark on your cheek? What are the days like in a refugee camp? These stories reflect not only the situation of women, but also the world we currently live in. What we only consider today an anecdote will become history tomorrow.

Follow Mihaela on her journey:
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Inspiring French ladies III.

Catherine Deneuve started her career as an actress at the age of 13 and she didn’t stop since that. She was nominated for the Academy Award for her performance in Indochine and she is one of UNESCO’s ambassadors. She said: ‘People who know me know I’m strong but I’m vulnerable.’

Jeanne d’Arc /1412-1431./ is one of France’s patron saints. She led the French army to battle against the English and helped Charles le Victorieux to the throne. She was captured and died a martyr’s death when she was only 19 years old. She said: ‘I’m not afraid. I was born to do this.’

Édith Piaf /1915-1963./, the voice of Paris, who is the singer of iconic songs such as La Vie en Rose, Milord, Padam Padam and Non, Je ne regrette rien. She said: ‘For me there is nothing more important in life and my songs, but my songs are love too.’

InĂ©s de la Fressange is a well-known model, fashion designer and style icon who wrote the book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. She said: ‘It’s not the clothes but its how you wear them sometimes.’

George Sand /1804-1876./ was a writer who were friends with Napoleon III and the love of FrĂ©dĂ©ric Chopin. She thought men and women were equal. She said: ‘A soul that has never suffered is unable to hide beautiful flowers.’

Inspiring French ladies I.

Simone de Beauvoir /1908-1986./ was a writer, a philosopher and a feminist who was born in Paris. She was engaged to Jean-Paul Sartre but they never got married. She said: ‘I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.’

Coco Chanel /1883-1971./ was the founder of the Chanel brand and ‘haute couture’. She modernized the fashion industry by throwing away crochets and using materials like jersey. She invented the iconic little black dress and the perfume Chanel No 5. She said: ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’

Marion Cotillard is an actress who won the Academy Award for her performance as Édith Piaf. She played in other iconic movies like Inception, Midnight in Paris and Allied. She said: ‘I don’t want to change the world; I want to evolve myself.’

Camille Claudel /1864-1943./ is a sculptor who is mostly famous for The waltz. She was the lover of Auguste Rodin. Last year, in 2017 the Camille Claudel Museum opened to the public in Nogent-sur-Seine. She said: ‘I tolerate my faults but not at all other people’s.’

ClĂ©mence Posey is an actress I first saw in the fourth Harry Potter movie playing Fleur Delacour. Then she appeared in Gossip Girl, In Bruges and War and peace. She said: ‘I think what is interesting in life is all the cracks and all the flaws and all the moments that are not perfect.’