Flickr photo of the day: Smiling eyes

Michael Clemmer

When Spanish photographer Victoria Rivas was visiting Yemen, she was asked by a small group of local women to “pretend” to make a photograph of them.

Rivas wasn’t sure what was proper and made one quick exposure, capturing five beautiful pairs of eyes smiling from their hot burqas.

Yemen’s constitution is founded on Sharia, old Egyptian laws and Napoleonic tradition, all of which are more about the rights of men than the rights of women. That said, in Yemen the wearing of the burqa, or niqab, is often a choice made from family tradition. When the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan, photographing women was banned and women, when in public, were forced to wear the burqa at all times.

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