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Little girl with make up in Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India | by Eric Lafforgue
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Little girl with make up in Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

Little girl with make up in Kumbh Mela, India. She wears the make up of a goddess, she is cute, you may have seen this little girl in most of the magazines around the world as all the pro photographers took pictures of her (including me of course).

But there is a little story behind this kid: before going to the Kumbh Mela festival, seeing this kid in the press, i thought, i'd see thousands like her. In fact, she was the only one i met. She and her sisters had make up and were standing on the way to the bath to beg money for the pictures, under the monitoring of the father. Of course, i 'll send this picture to the agencies i work with, and this picture will be published, and you'll believe that all the kids all looked like this!

More and more i have to deal with those situations: we make nice stories with sometimes "fake" people.

So for this one, just enjoy the beauty of this make up, and close your eyes on the reality!


The Maha Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering on earth, and takes place every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, the Kumbh Mela took place in Allahabad in 2013 and attracted more than 100 million people...


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Taken on February 7, 2013