8 Photos of the Moment People Hear ‘You're Beautiful’

A high school assignment becomes a social experiment about beauty.

Dec 16, 2015
Picture from Glover project - girl smiling

Shea Glover started out with a simple aim: to capture beauty in its purest, most raw form. What began as a project for her Integrated Arts class at her high school in Chicago, soon became much, much more.

Glover asked teachers and students - most of whom she did not know personally - to pose in front of her camera. Halfway through the shoot, Glover would tell them the purpose of her project. “I’m taking pictures of things I find beautiful,” she said. Glover captured their reactions at that exact instant on camera and film. The reactions range from shyness, to happiness - and even anger. Without exception, the photos capture the beauty of raw emotions triggered by a single word.

1.  “Ah, that’s  sweet! Now you’re making me blush.”

Picture from Glover Project boy smiling

2.  “Oh. Thank you.”

Picture from Glover project - girl smiling

3.  “This is so awkward.”

PIcture from Glover project - boy smiling

4.  Chuckles shyly

Picture from Glover project - girl smiling

5.  “Oh, wait. Hold up.”

Picture from Glover project - girl smiling

6.  Laughs

Picture from Glover project -girl smiling

7.  “Ahhhhh. Cutie.”

PIcture from Glover project - girl smiling

8.  “Are you serious?”

Picture from Glover project - boy smiling
Mirele writes about everything related to doing good, with a particular interest in volunteering and social entrepreneurship, informed by her background in eco tourism.