Afghan Girl

Homemaker, Person

1972 –

64

Who is Afghan Girl?

Sharbat Gula is an Afghan woman who was the subject of a famous photograph by journalist Steve McCurry. Gula was living as a refugee in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The image brought her recognition when it was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine at a time when she was approximately 12 years old. Gula was known throughout the world simply as "the Afghan Girl" until she was formally identified in early 2002. The photograph has been likened to Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa and is sometimes popularly referred to as "the Afghan Mona Lisa".

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Born
1972
Also known as
  • Afghan Girl
  • Afgan Kızı
  • Şerbet Gula
Children
Ethnicity
  • Pashtun
Nationality
  • Afghanistan
Profession

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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