A photographer has spent 3 years taking pictures of women to see how beauty is defined around the world

In 2013, 30-year-old photographer Mihaela Noroc quit her job in Romania to backpack around the world full time.

Since then, she has visited every continent except for Antarctica and a total of about 50 countries, photographing hundreds of women along the way for her project, dubbed Atlas of Beauty.

And she’s still going.

More than ever, I think our world needs an Atlas of Beauty to show that diversity is something beautiful, not a reason for conflict,” Noroc explains to Tech Insider. “I hope that the portraits from The Atlas of Beauty can challenge many misconceptions that exist around the world.”

Noroc’s proficiency in five languages helps her speak with subjects either on the street or in their homes, but sometimes she relies on translators or body language alone to communicate.

Currently, she’s looking for funding to continue her journey, and hopes by 2017 to have enough images to publish a book.

You can follow Noroc’s trip and view more work on her Facebook, Instagram and Tumblraccounts. Keep scrolling to see more of her amazing images.

This is Mihaela Noroc posing in Bogotá, Colombia. The 30-year-old photographer travels the world taking photographs of women from different cultures.

Noroc has spent three years traveling for her “Atlas of Beauty” series. This woman was photographed on the streets of Moldova.

Noroc has spent three years traveling for her "Atlas of Beauty" series. This woman was photographed on the streets of Moldova.

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“I walk hours every day, in very different environments and I try to find relevant faces and stories for each place,” Noroc tells Tech Insider. This woman was in Peru.

"I walk hours every day, in very different environments and I try to find relevant faces and stories for each place," Noroc tells Tech Insider. This woman was in Peru.

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She also finds subjects online. Sometimes she’s invited back to their homes. Here, an Ecuadorian woman in her living room.

She also finds subjects online. Sometimes she's invited back to their homes. Here, an Ecuadorian woman in her living room.

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This woman is a market seller from Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

This woman is a market seller from Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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Noroc photographed women in the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan. “Although they live in a rough and isolated environment, Wakhi people are amazingly welcoming and friendly,” Noroc says.

Noroc photographed women in the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan. "Although they live in a rough and isolated environment, Wakhi people are amazingly welcoming and friendly," Noroc says.

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So far, Noroc has been to around 50 countries. Here, a woman smiles in Omo Valley, Ethiopia.

So far, Noroc has been to around 50 countries. Here, a woman smiles in Omo Valley, Ethiopia.

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She tries to capture each woman in her surroundings. This woman was snapped in Thorunn, Iceland.

She tries to capture each woman in her surroundings. This woman was snapped in Thorunn, Iceland.

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“I prefer to photograph natural faces, without a lot of make-up,” Noroc says. Here, a woman sits at a tea house in Istanbul, Turkey.

"I prefer to photograph natural faces, without a lot of make-up," Noroc says. Here, a woman sits at a tea house in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Noroc says this Ethiopian woman is a Muslim, but her best friend is Christian. “While traveling in Ethiopia in February, I admired the way Christians and Muslims got along,” she says. “But in the same country, there are dozens of terrible ethnic conflicts.”

Noroc says this Ethiopian woman is a Muslim, but her best friend is Christian. "While traveling in Ethiopia in February, I admired the way Christians and Muslims got along," she says. "But in the same country, there are dozens of terrible ethnic conflicts."

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Noroc visited Kichwa, Ecuador in the Amazon Rainforest and took pictures of the women there.

Noroc visited Kichwa, Ecuador in the Amazon Rainforest and took pictures of the women there.

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She has been expanding her project to include a wider range and diversity of subjects, both old and young. This picture was taken in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

She has been expanding her project to include a wider range and diversity of subjects, both old and young. This picture was taken in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

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“In some countries I approach 10 women and maybe only one accepts,” she says. “In other places, everybody accepts.” This was in Maori, New Zealand.

"In some countries I approach 10 women and maybe only one accepts," she says. "In other places, everybody accepts." This was in Maori, New Zealand.

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“Usually, in Western countries, I’m never refused [when I ask to take a picture],” Noroc says. This woman poses in Harlem, New York.

"Usually, in Western countries, I'm never refused [when I ask to take a picture]," Noroc says. This woman poses in Harlem, New York.

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An Uzbek woman in Kyrgyzstan.

An Uzbek woman in Kyrgyzstan.

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Here, a Buddhist nun poses in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 Here, a Buddhist nun poses in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Noroc photographed this woman in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Noroc photographed this woman in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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This woman is a computer engineer from Cairo, Egypt.

This woman is a computer engineer from Cairo, Egypt.

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Traveling across the Java Sea in Indonesia.

Traveling across the Java Sea in Indonesia.

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Going to North Korea was like “stepping [onto] a totally different planet, with different rules,” Noroc says. This woman was photographed in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Going to North Korea was like "stepping [onto] a totally different planet, with different rules," Noroc says. This woman was photographed in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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This woman was spotted in Sofia, Bulgaria.

This woman was spotted in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Noroc says this woman in Guangzhou, China, was on her way to the hospital with her mother and husband to give birth.

Noroc says this woman in Guangzhou, China, was on her way to the hospital with her mother and husband to give birth.

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A woman standing on a pier in the Baltic Sea, Finland.

A woman standing on a pier in the Baltic Sea, Finland.

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A painter, in her studio in Valparaiso, Chile.

A painter, in her studio in Valparaiso, Chile.

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A woman poses on the streets of Havana, Cuba.

A woman poses on the streets of Havana, Cuba.

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A ballerina displays her talent in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 A ballerina displays her talent in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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“For me, beauty is diversity, [it’s] what makes us unique,” Noroc says. “I also believe that beauty can teach us to be more tolerant.” Below, a woman in the streets of Iran.

"For me, beauty is diversity, [it's] what makes us unique," Noroc says. "I also believe that beauty can teach us to be more tolerant." Below, a woman in the streets of Iran.

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A young woman in Cape Town, South Africa.

A young woman in Cape Town, South Africa.

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A woman in Oxford, UK.

A woman in Oxford, UK.

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Wearing traditional dress in Otavalo, Ecuador.

Wearing traditional dress in Otavalo, Ecuador.

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“[In India] I photographed subjects from very different environments,” Noroc tells Tech Insider. “From poor women living in slums to Sonam Kapoor, one of the most popular Indian actresses.” Here, an Indian woman poses at a train station.

"[In India] I photographed subjects from very different environments," Noroc tells Tech Insider. "From poor women living in slums to Sonam Kapoor, one of the most popular Indian actresses." Here, an Indian woman poses at a train station.

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A young woman in Medellin, Colombia.

A young woman in Medellin, Colombia.

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“Many people tell me how the project changed the way they see beauty and diversity,” Noroc tells Tech Insider. A woman on the streets of Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

"Many people tell me how the project changed the way they see beauty and diversity," Noroc tells Tech Insider. A woman on the streets of Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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But her project has received criticism for showing a narrow a definition of beauty. “There is also negative feedback sometimes, but you have to accept it, even if you find it unfair,” she says. Below, a redheaded woman posing in San Francisco, USA.

But her project has received criticism for showing a narrow a definition of beauty. "There is also negative feedback sometimes, but you have to accept it, even if you find it unfair," she says. Below, a redheaded woman posing in San Francisco, USA.

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“The internet can make you very popular but also very exposed to different opinions,” she says. “Which is not bad, in the end.” A blond woman outside a home in Latvia.

"The internet can make you very popular but also very exposed to different opinions," she says. "Which is not bad, in the end." A blond woman outside a home in Latvia.

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A Tibetan woman in the Sichuan Province, China.

A Tibetan woman in the Sichuan Province, China.

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A mother and her son pose in Australia.

A mother and her son pose in Australia.

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Noroc hopes to publish an Atlas of Beauty book after another year of traveling. This woman was photographed in Rio de Janeiro.

Noroc hopes to publish an Atlas of Beauty book after another year of traveling. This woman was photographed in Rio de Janeiro.

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“There is much more diversity in the world, waiting for me, and I love to discover it. It’s an infinite treasure,” she says. Below, a woman in Myanmar.

"There is much more diversity in the world, waiting for me, and I love to discover it. It's an infinite treasure," she says. Below, a woman in Myanmar.

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Noroc also traveled around her home country of Romania. Here, a ceramic art student in a workshop in Cluj, Romania.

Noroc also traveled around her home country of Romania. Here, a ceramic art student in a workshop in Cluj, Romania.

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Noroc plans to continue to travel the world with just her backpack and camera. Her next stop? Greece.

Noroc plans to continue to travel the world with just her backpack and camera. Her next stop? Greece.

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You can follow her journey and view more of her work on her Facebook page as well as herInstagram and Tumblr accounts.

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Prince Reportedly Treated for Drug Overdose Before Death; 911 Details Released

Prince was reportedly treated for a drug overdose six days before his death on Thursday, according to TMZ.

Prince’s jet plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., last Friday due to a medical emergency. His rep told Variety at the time that the singer was struggling with the flu.

According to the TMZ report, doctors gave Prince a “safe shot” after he was rushed to the hospital, something reportedly given to counteract the effects of opiates. Doctors apparently advised that Prince stay in the hospital for 24 hours — he left, however, after three hours.

Authorities found Prince unresponsive in an elevator when they arrived Thursday morning, responding to a 911 call. First responders tried CPR, but were unable to revive the pop star and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Prince’s death. His autopsy will be performed on Friday.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office also released the transcript of the 911 call that an unidentified male made to report Prince’s death. The caller said the people at the house were “distraught,” and said he didn’t know how Prince died.

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See the full transcript, which began at 9:43 a.m. on Thursday, below.

Dispatcher: 911, where is your emergency?

Unidentified male: Hi there, um, what’s the address here? Yeah we need an ambulance right now.

D: Okay.

UM: We have someone who is unconscious.

D: Okay, what’s the address?

UM: Um, we’re at Prince’s house.

D: Okay, does anybody know the address? Is there any mail around that you could look at?

UM: Yeah, yeah, okay, hold on.

D: Okay, your cell phone’s not going to tell me where you’re at, so I need you to find me an address.

UM: Yeah, we have um, yeah, we have um, so yeah, um, the person is dead here.

D: Okay, get me the address please.

UM: Okay, okay, I’m working on it.

D: Concentrate on that.

UM: And the people are just distraught.

D: I understand that they are distraught, but…

UM: I’m working on it, I’m working on it.

D: Okay, do we know how the person died?

UM: I don’t know, I don’t know.

D: Okay.

UM: Um, so we’re, we’re in Minneapolis, Minnesota and we are at the home of Prince.

D: You’re in Minneapolis?

UM: Yeah, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

D: You’re sure you are in Minneapolis?

UM: That’s correct.

D: Okay, have you found an address yet?

UM: Yeah, um, I’m so sorry I need, I need the address here?

Unidentified female: 7801

UM: 7801

D: 7801 what?

UM: Paisley Park, we are at Paisley Park.

D: You’re at Paisley Park, okay, that’s in Chanhassen. Are you with the person who’s…

UM: Yes, it’s Prince.

D: Okay.

UM: The person.

D: Okay, stay on the line with me.

UM: Okay.

(Phone ringing)

National Exhibition Centre

Ambulance dispatcher: Ambulance, Shirley.

D: Carver with the transfer for Paisley Park Studios, 78.

AD: Paisley Park Studios, okay.

D: 7801 Audubon Road.

AD: Okay.

D: We have a person down, not breathing.

AD: Down, not breathing.

D: Yup.

UM: He’s, he’s…

D: We’re going to get everybody, go ahead with the transmittal.

Prince has passed away at the age of 57

MINNESOTA — The artist known as Prince has died, according to TMZ. He was 57.

Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning, April 21st.

The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.

Prior to his most recent appearance however, Prince had cancelled two shows due to health concerns.

Prince became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album “1999.”

He went on to churn out a ton of hits — racking up seven Grammys in the process. He also performed at the Super Bowl in 2007 in one of the greatest live performances of all time.

He also sold more than 100 million records during his career and the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.

Prince was married two times — the first time to his backup dancer Mayte Garcia. They split in 2000. He then married Manuela Testolini but they split in 2006.

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The Perez Art Museum Miami is a Monument to Tropical Modernism

The Perez Art Museum Miami is a living work of architecture. Beyond its planters and hanging gardens, it is a design that changes and shifts with time. Each day, the sun tracks across its facade, casting shadows and highlights that shift across its shape.

Each season as the sun pivots, its plant life blossoms and swells. It is a strong, silent and stationary work, but one that appears different based on the time of day and year that you visit.

Upon its completion in 2014, the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) became the most significant work of tropical modernism in that category’s capital city. It is a symbol of Miami’s design sensibility, its progressive spirit and the lush natural environment of Florida’s coast.

It was designed by a firm that had already established a legacy in Miami, the Swiss architecture group Herzog & de Meuron. Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron had shown a distinct voice in designing the 1111 Lincoln Road parking and retail facility in Miami Beach, and this second work is a success in line with the first.

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As Miami’s star continues to rise, starchitects from around the world are coming to try their hand at tropical modernism. The Perez Art Museum may be the best example yet, a truly fascinating work of museum architecture.

A primary design element of the Perez Art Museum Miami is the grand wooden canopy that skirts the building’s roof line. Wooden slats intersect in a varied pattern that repeats itself around the entire structure. As the sun tracks across the sky, this canopy casts shadows on the walls that add a signature visual character.

The pattern of the wooden canopy is reminiscent of the late works of Frank Lloyd Wright. In Wright’s later years, patterns in wood and textile blocks were a signature aspect of his design.

At the Perez, the wooden canopy casts these types of patterns on the building that adds another dimension to its appearance. This building’s design is not just wall and window, it’s also light and shadow — and that owes itself to the canopy at its peak.

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Beyond the canopy, the landscape architecture is another significant focus in this museum’s design. Planters are placed in strategic areas throughout the main level.

On the approach, a split garden guides visitors toward the building’s entrance. Others hide stairwells and utilities, providing an unblemished visual appearance from afar.

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Hanging cylindrical gardens surround much of the building, holding air plants and other native species as they slowly spin and sway in the wind. Each hanging garden is watered from above, dripping onto the gardens that stand beneath them.

These vertical gardens and the landscape patches below present a building that is very much alive. Without these lush landscaping touches, the Perez Art Museum Miami would not hold its tropical allure.

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Beneath the wooden canopy, the structure itself is a long rectangular form with sections that extend over the walkway below. Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around much of the building’s main level, taking light and scenery into the building from afar.

The concrete and wooden materials of the Perez recalls native adobe design from centuries past. While these influences are not native to Florida, they are common to Latin American history and its lifeline in Miami.

Despite the hard lines and right angles of the museum, these materials take on a natural, human emotion that presents a rich contrast.

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The front terrace of the Perez Art Museum faces out toward Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach in the distance. It is a larger, open patio section that features a restaurant, scattered adirondacks, swing chairs and auditorium-style seating at the end.

Half of this terrace stands beneath a grooved concrete ceiling, the other half extends under the wooden canopy and vertical gardens. It is the central outdoor space of the facility, where guests spend their time before and after visiting the galleries inside.

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As guests make their way around the museum, the shadows and highlights shift along the walls and greenery. The light changes, and the visual appearance of the museum does with it.

This contrast between light and dark is a case study in light painting for architects. It’s long been a photographic endeavor, but Herzog and de Meuron made it a primary point of visual character for their building.

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The Perez Art Museum of Miami is part of a larger group of museums that comprise Museum Park, an area along the bay in Miami’s Midtown neighborhood.

New museums are in planning and development near the Perez, with the first being a touchstone for Miami’s creative development. As it stands now, walkways and gardens and sculptures extend the grounds of the Perez toward the downtown business district.

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The Perez Art Museum of Miami is part of a new effort to redefine the city’s bayfront landscape as a culture destination in its own right. This work by Herzog and de Meuron will soon welcome new museums on adjacent property, plus a residential highrise designed by starchitect Zaha Hadid.

Beyond Wynwood and the historic architecture of South Beach, Museum Park is becoming a location that fans of architecture must experience on visits to Miami.

It’s a fresh, new canvas for the city, and they’ve invited only the most visionary architects to define its figure.

The Perez Art Museum Miami is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10-6 with extended hours on Thursday. Visitors to Miami can take a taxi to Museum Park, or ride public transportation including the Miami Metromover. Adult admission is $16.

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