The pretty boys of Niger
Once a year, at the end of the rainy season, the Wodaabe people of Niger gather for a unique beauty contest. The "Yaake" dance, a unique spectacle of color, energy and virile pride, is considered to be the highlight of the event.
Make the most of proud cultures
Photographing the Wodaabe in Eastern Niger was a great pleasure for a relatively shy person like myself.
Unique beauty contest where women pick a husband
Hello Niger, one of the hottest countries on earth and where the Wodaabe nomads range across vast areas of the Sahel with their herds. Once a year, at the end of the rainy season, they gather for a unique beauty contest: one where women can pick the most handsome men as their husbands, even if both are already married.