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Miao beauty from Fenghuang

Miao beauty from Fenghuang
Photo Information
Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9842 W: 144 N: 24697] (121031)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-17
Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Event, Decisive Moment
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-06-18 0:37
Viewed: 1211
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What I have found specially attractive in the south of China is that there are so many ethnic minority groups still preserving their culture, the language, religion and crafts. It is specially visible in Yunnan province but I saw also in Hunan.

Miao ethnic group has a population of almost nine millions which is larger than most of minority groups in China. After immigration in a long history, today they live mainly in Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan, Hubei, Hainan Provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Prefecture. They are divided into several branches, such as Black Hmong, White Hmong. They are very skilled at handicrafts, such as embroidering, weaving, paper-cutting, batik, and jewelry casting. The Miao embroidery and silver jewelry are delicate and beautiful. From hats, collars, and cuffs to skirts and baby carriers, the patterns on their clothes are extremely colorful, complicated but with clean lines. Girls of around seven will learn embroidering from mothers and sisters, and when they become teenagers, they are quite deft.
This girl posed for someone else, I stole a picture.
Isn't she a beauty?

Benny is probably right. In a such a tourist place like Fenghuang, one can rent a costume for a photo. Probably I could also be Miao girl (hahaha). But the costume is authentic and she is Chinese and posed nicely. In a Workshop a group of the girls who offer renting of costumes. I can't tell if they are Han or Miao.

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Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Je suis heureux de voir que les traditions ne se perdent pas en contemplant ce très beau costume régional.
Quel travail et quel honneur pour la personne qui porte ce vêtement.
Sujet très bien présenté.

Wonderful photo! I lived in China for a year and am somewhat familiar with the story of the Miao, but only ever saw their traditional costume in a museum. I'm glad to know they are still preserving their heritage and way of life. Great colors and composition on the stone steps. The background adds character and contrast to the woman's outfit. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Malgo,
Stealing, surely not:-) Excellent capture of this attractive young lady. Dressed in her traditional costume, she looks superb against the stone steps. Perfect framing.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13553 W: 0 N: 16002] (166972)
  • [2017-06-18 2:02]


quelle charmante jeune fille tout en habit décoré sueprbe compo et iamge assise sur l'escalier quelle compo et vue merivelleux.
Bravo et amitié

Namaste Malgo,

A magnificent close up view of this young lady, very nicely captured with excellent sharpness and wonderful color contrast, I like this vertical frame which shows her perfectly.

my warm regards,


Nice candid portrait, sneaking into someone else's foto session...that's never a problem in China :)

On the other hand: this is defintely NOT A MIAO GIRL! You can rent these traditional outfits for foto sessions and the (Han) Chinese love that. Depending on how you pay you can rent the jewellery too.

Still, being a tourist or not, she is beautiful.


Hello Malgo,
It doesn't matter much which ethnic group this woman belongs to. She looks nice in any case and the dress and all that goes with it looks fantastic. The setting with the staircase is also nice and is probably regularly picked for this kind of photos. The pleasant light helped you to a perfect exposure.
Kind regards,

Cara Itchy Feet

What a lovely lady in this magnificent costume. You have composed the shot beautifully and your "model" has posed in a very beautiful position. Superb colours, light and composition.

Un abbraccio

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24150 W: 523 N: 40344] (173772)
  • [2017-06-18 4:44]

Hello Malgo,

You placed the model very nice in the corner.
Their nice clothing makes your picture wonderful.
An excellent composition lovely presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

Ciao cara Malgo, deliziosa ragazza con un favoloso costume, fantastici colori, ottimi dettagli il splendida nitidezza, brava, un caro abbraccio Silvio

Ciao Malgo,

Il ne faudrait pas que cette dame tombe à l'eau avec ce collier autour du coup...ce serait la noyade assurée.Mais elle est très jolie dans ses vêtements traditionnels et la pose est des plus naturelle.



Hello dear Malgorzata and have a nice time
and a happy new day
what could I say for this fantastic ethnid
dress?i generally love photos like this one
perfect framing
the lady looks superb

Hello Malgo,
Your picture reminds me of a place in China with Tibetan inhabitants. There Chinese tourists also rented clothes to take pictures. Of course a complete different kind of clothes.
Yes, she's very beautiful.
The pretty and colourful clothes and the many decorations opposite the rough stones of the staircase and the wall. What a sight!
Best regards, Paul

Hello Malgo,
I like traditional clothes, and this outfit is beautiful. There are so many intricate details, and the silver jewelry and headpiece make the overall look even more spectacular. I also like the background. As you wrote, maybe this girl rented the costume, but she is still Chinese, and her ancestors might have actually worn clothes like this. :-)

Ciao Margherituccia
continuo a pensare che il tuo viaggio sia stato veramente interessante, hai visto cose rare e preziose.
Queste minoranze etniche fanno parte di una lunga storia, troppo spesso dimenticata, ma forse è un bene per la loro comunità.
Bellissimo costume e bellissime foto.

Hi dear Malgo

Great portrait for this ethnical minority girl, so attractive to see. As you see, I like ethnical people so much, this area is my potential next destination.

All the best and have a good day! Takero

Good morning Malgo,
How charming that woman looks dressed in the spectacular traditional costume. Well captured!


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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3238 W: 0 N: 7350] (54297)
  • [2017-06-19 2:50]

Bardzo barwny i atrakcyjny stroj, to jest zdjecie na pierwsza strone National Geographic, pieknie zrobione
pozdrawiam Ryszard

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 129 N: 1120] (7449)
  • [2017-06-21 16:44]

Hello Malgo
Yes, she is. Eyecatching dress, full of details and colors.
Being a so large country it is natural a wide variety of cultures. Interesting for the foreigners.

Tfs & regards

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14055 W: 1032 N: 27930] (133468)
  • [2017-06-23 4:56]

Hello Malgo,

I don't think I have been to Hunan province so it's interesting to see what I missed! The colorful traditional costume worn by the woman is eyecatching. Good sharpness and framing. Tfs!

Hi Malgo
yes, I agree with you and Benny, you can never really be sure about these people posing for photos in traditional outfits.
I always have my concerns. But its also the norm now when travelling, to see such things. Its very common to see this in Peru, which I'm sure you're aware of as well, where they make you pay for such a photo.

well, whether she is real or not, its still a lovely and vibrant outfit, and makes for a good memory photo. cheers

Hallo Malgo,
fantastische Farben, wunderschöne Tracht, gute Info, gut gemacht!
Viele Grüße

Bonjour Malgo,
What a beautiful portrait ! The bright colours and the sophisticated patterns and jewelly contrast beautifully with the rustic background.
She chose the right place to pose on these steps . It makes an excellent composition.
One has to admire the handicraft !
Looking at WS1, I suppose that girl is wearing a hired costume, just for the photo ! Nice experience.
TFS and have a good weekend.

Hello Malgo,
What a beautiful and colorful dress and look at all that precious metal wrought ornately. Thanks for stealing the photo, you did well!

Czesc Malgorzata,
nie jestem pewein czy ktos nie zadal juz tego pytania ale czy nie kusilo cie zeby przymierzyc?
Na pewno nie moglabys tego zdjecia pokazac tutaj ale moglibysmy zobaczyc na FB :)
Moja zona i corka na pewno by tam chcialy zdjecie...
Piekny portret -przypomina zdjecia robione przez Takero.
WSpaniala podroz. Tyle niezwyklych miejsc!
Ja jak juz pewnie wspomnialem nawet jesli w koncu dotre do Chin to pewnie raczej zaczne od miejsc typowych...
Ale juz mnie to tak bardzo nie przejmuje, najwazniejsze ze w ogole moge cos robic. Ciesze sie z malych rzeczy.
Jakos tez podroze zaczynaja mnie meczyc. Moze gdybym podrozowal sam byloby inaczej...
Pozdrawiam serdecznie,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10364 W: 175 N: 17475] (77647)
  • [2017-07-27 1:37]


really it is impressive the adornments and colorful clothes she is using. very nice this pose in the stairs with a good quality of indirect light. excellent portrait.



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