Himba People by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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The Himba people are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kaokoland region. They are a nomadic, pastoral people and they breed cattle and goats. They wear little clothing, but the women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, possibly to protect themselves from the sun. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge. This symbolizes earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beauty.
Sesfontein, Kaokoland, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D40x, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/200 sec at f/ 10, ISO 200
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  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 5 years ago

    Brilliant portrait!!!

  • Thanks a lot Ken, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    WOW! STUNNING PORTRAIT she is beautiful

  • Many thanks for your support FlowersEtc!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • MylieLynn
    MylieLynnabout 5 years ago

    This is amazing to see! wonderful capture…..

  • Thank you very much Mylie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartabout 5 years ago

    Excellent portrait Kon, very interesting write up too!

  • Thanks a lot Martin, cheers mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Zefira
    Zefiraabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you Zefira!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanabout 5 years ago

    Lovely image, she is beautiful. Not really much different from our culture of bronzers/self-tanners and g-string bikinis. It’s all in the way you look at things.

  • Totally agree Lisa, thank you!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffabout 5 years ago

    Incredible!!!!!! ;-))

  • Thank you very much Tatum!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Fantastic capture and wonderful sharing of this culture. Thank you :)

  • Many thanks Christine, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot

  • Thanks a lot Chris!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaabout 5 years ago

    What a beauty – and beautifully photographed!

  • Thank you Marjolein!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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