Living in the South of Angola,
photographed in 2011

The outer appearance of a Himba woman is very important, it defines their place in the social community as well as the phase of life in which they remain. When they reached the age of ten, their two front theeth in the lower jaw are taken out. Girls wear their hair in two braids across the forehead. During puberty however, their hair is separated into tiny braids covered with lard and oker. The Himba woman never wash themselves, instead they cover themselves with Otjize; a mix of lard, herbs and oker. Because of the oker, the women get their typical red skin which protect them from sunburns.