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Miss Mouna smiling under her veil, Salalah, Oman | by Eric Lafforgue
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Miss Mouna smiling under her veil, Salalah, Oman

This is a real challenge to take picture of the omani women wearing niqab or burka without a 300mm zoom!

Mouna from Salalah accepted and was very happy to explain me that many women in Oman tend to do like she does: she puts some cream on her face to make her skin more white, as men prefer it to the black one. Few years ago, black people were still slaves in Oman, so like in Africa, many women use those dangerous creams that can lead to skin cancer... I just sniffed the cream, and was nearly blind!

And for those who say that muslim women do not like pictures, i can tell you that once i gave Mouna a Polaroid of her, all her friends came to ask for one too!


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Taken on December 23, 2009