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Fast-forward Sculpture

Fast-forward Sculpture
Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Working from the 1985 Geographic cover photo—and taking into consideration factors such as ethnicity, diet, and way of life—forensic sculptor Frank Bender of Philadelphia projects what the schoolgirl would look like today. National Geographic Television & Film commissioned this work from Bender after its crew returned from Pakistan, as a means to help verify that it had indeed found the “Afghan girl.”


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