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18-year-old Shea Glover grabbed a camera and recorded her fellow high school students for a project on filming the things she found beautiful. Before she pressed record she told her subjects it was for a project. But here’s the awesome part: she didn’t tell them that she thought they were beautiful until the camera was rolling. Glover captured people’s genuine reactions to being called beautiful on film.

According to Glover, she was initially just on a mission to film beauty. It seems the reactions were so amazing that they became the focus of the project. Call it a happy accident.

Many people react with surprise, followed by happiness. Some are embarrassed. Some deflect the compliment. It’s fascinating to watch these gut reactions and wonder how you would react.

Check out some of the resulting portraits and watch the original video below:


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