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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 at 52 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 10, ISO 200
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  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    So intriguing. Well done. Reminds me of the family on the movie ‘Babies’.

  • Thank you very much Joe!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 3 years ago

    Amazing detail of her hair and the head piece. Beautiful girl.

  • Thanks a lot Helen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    very beautiful portrait!

  • Thanks a lot Gena!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Wow what a fantastic portrait of this young native girl, well done

  • Thank you very much Robert!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 3 years ago

    Fascinating Kon, really nice portrait!

  • Thanks a lot my friend, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Braedene
    Braedeneover 3 years ago

    Excellent portrait – such interesting notes on the race.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    Many thanks to the The Silky Touch group for the feature, much appreciated!

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    18 June 2011 – 2 images per day

  • helmutk
    helmutkover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture !

  • Thanks a lot Helmut!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture.

  • Thank you very much Rosalie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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