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He Visited One Of The World's Oldest Cultures And Came Away With These

He made a 370-mile,26-day trek through a place where there are no roads. Take alook as he shares some of what he saw.

A priest reading at one of Ethiopia's oldest churches in Lalibela, said to date in its current form from 1187.


A young boy in Ethiopia's Semian Mountains seeks the shade of a rare tree under which to read.

The "big drama" of the Simien mountain landscape made the photographer think of Genesis.

A woman takes an early morning walk to the rock church of Asheton Maryam. The church is carved into a cliff at over 13,000 feet above sea level.

Children share a meal spread out on the traditional Ethiopian bread, injera.

A farmer and bread-maker at work in her hut. Don't miss the chicken on the shelf.

Taking in the view on the way to church.

Mules carry food for the nearly monthlong trek into the mountains, still some five days' walk away.

The caravan of people, food, and supplies walked some 370 miles over 26 days from Lalibela, Ethiopia, into the Simien Mountains.

Talking with this woman was like "a visit to the library."

Traveling through this part of Africa, one walks the same trade paths as people did 3,000 years ago.

In the northern Simien mountains.

Making baskets and protecting ripening grain from the birds.

A young shepherd watches over his goats.

Photographer Mario Gerth has created postcard set of his images along with replicas of crosses made in the region.

For the first time in its 56-year history, Sports Illustrated will feature a transgender model on its glossy cover. 23-year-old Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio will appear in the July issue, which hits stands early next week. Sampaio wrote on Instagram that she was "excited and honored" to be part of such an iconic issue, adding: "The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way."

A native of Fortaleza, a city in northeastern Brazil, Sampaio has been making history in the fashion world in recent years. She was already the first trans model to make the 2017 cover of Vogue Paris. Scouted while she was a young teen, she quickly made her way onto key runways in her home country. She managed to make an impression in a short time— launching her career at 18 years old—as L'Oréal Paris's first trans model. She hit another milestone last year, when she was the face of Victoria's Secret campaign, breaking barriers as the first trans woman working with the brand.

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