Although there seems to be no publically-available data about this, the best selling issue of National Geographic is likely one of the two that featured photos of the “Afghan girl”. In 1985, Afghan refugee Sharbat Gula was photographed by Steve McCurry, and her face (notably, her haunting bright green eyes) became an icon in the cover of National Geographic. 17 years later, she was located during the beginning of the US military’s involvement in Afghanistan, and again appeared on the cover of National Geographic. Her story was told to the world after 17 years of captivating a culture with her image.
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