Afghanistan: a tale of an image of an image of beauty

Afghanistan.  A place far more multi-dimensional than the news might have you believe.

In contrast, here for your viewing pleasure....idealized images of images of beauty........

In a burqa shop in Herat. 

In a burqa shop in Herat.

In a burqa shop in Kabul.

In a...yes, burqa shop in Afghanistan.

Indian beauty queen, Aishwarya Rai, photoshopped to "acceptable levels of modesty".  On the side of an Afghan taxi.

In an Afghan grocery store.

In a bar in Kabul. 

In a hotel lobby in Herat.  (A recreation of the enormous sculpture in Bamiyan destroyed by the Taliban. )