Remember the time a Russian artist turned famous celebrities into cute cartoon characters (1, 2, and 3)? We love to scroll through such talented artists' vivid artwork, and Lera Kiryakova never disappoints. In her recent project “Beauty of the World,” Kiryakova digitally illustrated 10 girls from various corners of the world in her own style.

Our world is so beautifully different. Unique appearances, cultures, and traditions are what make it so rich and exciting to live in and learn from. Packed with details such as national animals, food, outfits, or makeup, these adorable cartoon-like characters resemble people from particular countries and regions. Forget Miss World competitions, because this is what we actually need.

Bored Panda spoke with the artist about the work, so don’t miss the interview below! What would the girl representing your country look like? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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#1

Mexico

Mexico

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Luisa Vasconcelos
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1 month ago (edited)

Very beautiful. Very original. Well done.

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We asked Lera Kiryakova about the idea behind this lovely project: “I wanted to show different faces and characters. We are all so different—it's amazing and wonderful! It was interesting to draw, but it was as interesting to study nations, their costumes, and features. I portrayed countries and people through cute girls because this is close to me and my art style. This project has become very special to me.”

#2

Kenya

Kenya

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Pillowhead
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1 month ago

So beautiful, this one is my favorite

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Each girl is portrayed in traditional apparel holding a small animal to add extra cuteness.

“The first idea was to draw every girl with a national animal. But some traditional animals were too big for the composition, so I decided to change them. For example, I didn’t draw the Indian girl with an elephant and went with a snake instead. It doesn’t mean that the snake is a traditional animal, but it helps to bring out more history and spirit of the character.”

#3

Mongolia

Mongolia

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

i really really wanna pet that goat

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The artist admits that she did quite a lot of research to make her illustrations as authentic as possible.

“I always use many references to learn more about costumes and different details. I also use them for characters’ poses. I often use my own photo for that. Sometimes it’s funny, especially to take a photo of myself with different facial expressions.”

#4

Native American Girl

Native American Girl

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IDK What I've Been Told
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1 month ago

Pocohantas inspired, I guess because of the raccoon.

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“I always start with an idea, then find references for poses, clothes, sometimes faces. Next, I do a fast sketch with a simple pencil on paper or directly in Photoshop. And then I work with colors. I always use my graphic tablet and Photoshop or an iPad. My favorite part is adding details and drawing hair.”

#5

Girl From The North

Girl From The North

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

gorgeous picture

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This artist doesn’t have to look far for inspiration, because “there's a lot of inspiration everywhere.”

“I adore watching cartoon movies like Disney and Pixar and I dream of learning to create such beautiful and interesting characters. I like reading books, listening to music, I'm also inspired by other artists and illustrators.”

#6

Japan

Japan

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

i love shibas! this is beautiful re[presantation of country and doggo

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Lera Kiryakova says she likes the girl that represents Mexico the most.

“She has my favorite color palette. And, of course, it’s because of the traditional Catrina makeup. I imagine Mexico as a bright and festive country and although I have never been there, I really enjoyed drawing this one.”

Which one is your favorite?

#7

Hawaii

Hawaii

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Bellatrix Lestrange
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1 month ago

There are no parrots in Hawaii other than pet ones brought from other places.

Queen Jackson.
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought this was that bird from the movie Rio. Forgot what its called, I wanna say toucan?

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Luisa Vasconcelos
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1 month ago

Só beautiful. My favourite.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 month ago

this very much has the hawaiian spirit <3

Super Rainbow
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1 month ago

Looks like Moana.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats something else with the open mouth. I love it!

beja flor
Community Member
1 month ago

Really nice, looks like they're having a good time 🎵

Elixir
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1 month ago

Not a country.

Tim86
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1 month ago

No Sh** Sherlock. The Project is called beauty of the world ^^

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Sonka
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1 month ago

wrong bird, wrong flower ...

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 month ago

I think some artistic licence was taken with most (if not all) of these illustrations... I guess it's how the artist imagines these traditionally clad children.

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Bone Daddy
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1 month ago

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Yeah try adding about 100 pounds and maybe a chicken or a pig on her shoulder because that bird isn’t there. I lived on Oahu for 5 years.

A Random Panda
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1 month ago

She's like, 10. My age and I haven't hit 90 yet.

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#8

India

India

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shemeowsalot
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1 month ago

i was so excited to see my country only to be disappointed with that same dumb stereotype white people love about indians - snake charmers.

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#9

Russia

Russia

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Da Coconut Nut
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1 month ago

Heihei?

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#10

Ukraine

Ukraine

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beja flor
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1 month ago

So vivid and colorful

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