Just in time when all hell breaks loose with different nationalities, ethnic and religious groups being on the warpath, the project “The Ethnic Origins of Beauty” (Les Origines de la Beauté) has emerged to call for peace through a female beauty mosaic. The personality standing behind this wonderful project is Natalia Ivanova, a Russian photographer and freelance photojournalist, photo-reporter for ITRA-TASS news agency in France.
The aim of this non-profit, artistic, documentary and research project is to show the ethnic diversity of the human race through bringing together unique beauties from more than 50 nationalities and ethnic groups. However, not every woman can participate in this project – the women should be bright representatives of their nationality, belonging to a single ethnic group of at least 3 generations, aged at 18-30 years.
“The Ethnic Origins of Beauty” project consists of a myriad of photo portraits and video interviews of the ethnic beauties, each representing the history of her origins, while the photos are accompanied by brief descriptions of their nation or ethnic group.
Actually, the project received the acknowledgment of UNESCO and was first presented at an exhibition devoted to international women’s day in March 2014, at its Parisian headquarters. From that time onward the social media is being regularly replenished with newer and newer faces from all nationalities, aiming not to miss even a single nationality on earth.
Starting from Slavic fair skin and blue eyes to African chocolate-toned skin and curly hair to Asian mystic narrow eyes and Armenian penetrating eyes, the beauty mosaic serves as a unique artistic documentary film spreading the word about less known ethnic groups and nationalities as well. For instance, the portrait of the Wolof beauty is accompanied by a brief description of this ethnic group living mainly in Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania, while the Armenian beauty tells about her nation having a wide-ranging diaspora with an estimated total of 5-7 million people spread all over the world.
While this unkind man’s world spreads cruelty and intolerance around, endless thirst for struggling and fighting, Natalia Ivanova tries to infuse hope that the fragile female essence might save the world from dramatic disruption and make it a bit more peaceful and harmonious.
Natalia Ivanova is a Paris-based photographer and photojournalist of Russian origin. She graduated from MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations) and SPEOS Paris Professional Photography Institute.
Natalia made her artistic photography debut in November 2010 presenting her photointerpretation of the documentary film “Images of women or the social corset” by French film-director Jean-François Ferrillon. In 2014 she presented her unprecedented “Les Origines de la Beauté” project that definitely has all the chances to become the peace-monger of our times and the cultural heritage of the future generations.
Photos courtesy of Les Origines de la Beauté