Notions of beauty are discussed in one of chapters in the book, provoked by the many painted signs in Cambodia for hair and makeup shops. The depictions of women on these signs varies considerably, although they are often portrayed with lighter skin than most Cambodians actually have. This comes from a culture that values lighter skin over darker, in stark contrast to many white people attempting to darken their skin through tanning.
Steve Tierney (previously featured here) has collected a number of his own signs for beauty salons under the heading of ‘Cambodian Goddesses’. These are collected, alongside some lovely material from Mexico, on his Pinterest page. I’ve chosen a handful to feature here, and also one that I never got to see of a man playing snooker. Steve works with these and other images to create his collages which are available from his society6 shop. Thanks Steve for sharing these images from across Cambodia.