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A Photographer Traversed India, Photographing Beautiful Women Across The Country

"Many women living in India face great challenges and discrimination, but they are also an extraordinary example of strength and beauty."

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Romania-based photographer Mihaela Noroc was recently in India for her "Atlas Of Beauty" project, which captures beautiful women in countries around the world.

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"Many women living in India face great challenges and discrimination, but they are also an extraordinary example of strength and beauty,” Noroc told BuzzFeed. “From slums to stars, from the dusty Thar Desert in Rajasthan, to the colonial alleyways of Mumbai, and the banks of the holy Ganges River, I met and photographed the remarkable women of India."

Mumbai

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"The Parsis have descended from Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated to India more than 1,000 years ago. Most of them, like this young woman, live in close-knit communities around beautiful Zoroastrian temples. They preserve their ancient beliefs, but are also very successful and integrated into modern society."

Pune

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"Urvashi Patole is empowering women to go on adventures and challenge stereotypes through The Bikerni, an all-women's motorcycle association in India that she started on Facebook."

Pushkar

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"Kalbelia woman at the Pushkar Camel Fair. Until recently, the Kalbelias were known for catching snakes and trading venom. Their famous dance replicates the movements of a serpent."

Amritsar

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"A Sikh woman at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar. Many followers of Sikhism never cut their hair, covering it with a turban. They always wear the kirpan, which is a short dagger symbolising a Sikh's duty to come to the defence of those in peril."

Mumbai

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"Since her childhood, she has lived in a small tent in Mumbai. Her father died when she was young but her brave mother, who sells things at the market, has kept her in school through great effort. Even if her home is a sidewalk, I have rarely met such a warm and kind-hearted person with such a positive energy and good education."

Varanasi

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"A young Hindu pilgrim making an offering on the Ganges River, in Varanasi. The city is considered by many the spiritual capital of India."

Mumbai

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"A deaf-mute girl expressing the word "friendship" through sign language. I photographed her during a course organised by an NGO that helps women and children from slums by providing access to education."

Amritsar

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"This is the langar of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India that serves food to about 100,000 people, in a normal day. While tasting the delicious food, a few days ago, I met this beautiful Sikh pilgrim."

Mumbai

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"Mumbai, the biggest city of India, hosts ethnic groups from all over the country. She is a Tamilian, at a celebration, after 40 days of fasting."

Goa

Mihaela Noroc / Atlas Of Beauty

"Goa, a small state of India, used to be a Portuguese colony and has a great number of churches. I photographed her during a Christian wedding."

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