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Gucci in the Land of Genghis Khan

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Mongolia is searching for its identity as it undergoes modernization. Here, models wait backstage after the Gobi cashmere fashion show in Ulaanbaatar on Oct. 16, 2009.

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20 years after the fall of communism, Mongolia is at a crossroads to the future, despite vast resource riches and a historic mining deal passed by parliament. Above, miners return to the surface after a hard day's work in the gold and copper mine at Oyu Tolgoi, in the Gobi Desert, on June 25, 2010.

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After twenty years of democracy, one-third of Mongolians live below the poverty line, unemployment is rising, and many residents in Ulan Bator, the gritty capital, live in yurt slums, many without basic services. Here, a woman walks through a park in Erdenet on July 14, 2010.

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Young women ride the bus in Ulaanbaatar on Oct. 13, 2009.

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Alcoholism, domestic abuse and homelessness are some of the many problems the country faces. Here, an inmate peers through his cell at the boy's prison in Ulaanbaatar on June 28, 2010.

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Mongolian tourists pose for pictures at Zaisan monument, Ulaanbaatar, on June 20, 2010.

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Independent miners, aka "ninjas," play pool on a worksite near Uyanga on June 17, 2010.

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Teenagers swim in the Tuul River in Ulaanbaatar on June 27, 2010.

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A child takes a spin on a ride at Ulaanbaatar's Buddhist monument park on June 27, 2010.

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Three Mongolian men walk past an Armani store in Ulaanbaatar on June 29, 2010.

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A Mongolian woman walks alone at night through the streets of Ulaanbaatar, on June 29, 2010.

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A 13-year-old Buddhist monk has his head shaved by another monk at the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar on July 6, 2010.

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Funeral musicians take a break at the Altan Ulgii cemetery in Ulaanbaatar on July 2, 2010.

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A boy ties up a horse in Bugat on July 4, 2010.

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Two women, wearing wings to promote a perfume, walk along Peace Avenue in Ulaanbaatar on July 1.

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