The Afghan girl is a photograph by journalist Steve McCurry. The photograph has been likened to Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa and has been called “ the first world’s third world Mona Lisa”. The subject of the photograph was called “The Afghan Girl” by the public, until she was formally identified in 2002 as Sharbat Gula as Afghan woman who was living as a refugee in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The image bought her recognition when it was featured on the over of June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine at the time when was about 12 years old.

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