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November 4, 2013

National Geographic "Afghan Girl" — Then (1984) and now


Steve McCurry's photograph is one of most iconic ever to have appeared on the cover.

Taken in 1984, the portrait of then 12-year-old Sharbat Gula was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue.

[via History in Pictures]

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Perhaps it's my personal guilt, but it seems a shame that she isn't shown enjoying life in Paris in the current photo. She had clearly seen enough when the first photo was taken - I can only imagine the horrors that she has seen since.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 5, 2013 7:49:40 PM

Hard to believe it is her.
On the older woman...
Eyes are darker.
Upper lip is narrower.
Chin is slightly cleft; no hint of a cleft chin in the girl.

Posted by: Clay | Nov 4, 2013 11:09:59 PM

I wish we aged facially like some animals.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Nov 4, 2013 9:33:44 PM

I remember this photo; those beautiful, penetrating eyes are unforgettable.

Posted by: Lorelei | Nov 4, 2013 9:25:33 PM

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