Everyone is familiar with the photograph that made Steve McCurry famous. The image of the Afghan Girl is a picture that aroused interest and concern in the West for the conflict going on in Afghanistan and still evokes deep emotions from viewers today. Known as "The First World's Third World Mona Lisa," this image became one of the most famous National Geographic covers when it was featured in its June 1895 issue.
For many years, her identity remained a mystery until McCurry returned to Afghanistan in early 2002. She was found through aid of iris recognition. Her name is Sharbat Gula. She now lives in a remote part of Afghanistan with her husband and her three daughters. She and McCurry still keep in touch.