Photographer's Note

The Himba are an indigenous people living in northern Namibia, they are semi nomadic and breed cattle and goats.

The women are known for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, which gives their skins a reddish hue. This symbolizes earth's rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and shows the Himba ideal of beauty. Women braid each other's hair and cover it except the ends, in their ochre mixture, the hairstyle of the OvaHimba indicates age and social status.

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Additional Photos by Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1312 W: 50 N: 2538] (15142)
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