21 Aug. 2014
London, United Kingdom
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Brenda gets her eyes tested in east London March 26, 2014. Brenda who is originally from Mexico converted from Catholicism when she came to London. Brenda has always lived a strictly religious life. She thought about becoming a nun before she realised she wanted children. She says "I know I'm in a non-Muslim country and so I try to respect the rules. Sometimes people say nice things about my children or they smile at me and I try to smile back at them. I know they can't see my face but I hope they know I'm smiling with my eyes." Reuters photographer Olivia Harris took portraits of a range of Muslim women in Britain and asked them why they chose to wear a hijab or veil. Picture taken March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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