12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Young woman from the Hamer tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Young woman from the Hamer tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia.The most astonishing thing about these people is their beauty. Both boys and girls have magnificent physiques – slender and unusually supple. Lack of material culture is compensated by the exceptional ornamental and symbolic wealth of their decorated bodies. They adorn themselves to manifest their status and tribal identity, not only as an expression of beauty, but also as a demonstration of messages and signals. They do this through scarification, paintings, ornamentation and hair styles.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2012
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Ethiopia
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Dimitra Stasinopoulou