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In Paris, Photo Booths For The Stars - Or Anyone Who Wants To Look Like One

What do Rafael Nadal, Marion Cotillard and Zinedine Zidane have in common? They've all had their portraits taken at the legendary Parisian photo studio Harcourt. Now you too can get one of Harcourt's distinctive glamor shots - in a photo

French actress Marion Cotillard's Harcourt portrait (Studio Harcourt)
French actress Marion Cotillard's Harcourt portrait (Studio Harcourt)
Caroline Stevan

The booth is black. The curtain is red velvet. Inside there is a slot to slide in bills, not coins – bills, as in the 10-euro variety. Now smile, we're going to take your photo! Afterwards, out comes a portrait signed "H." H for Harcourt, the famous Parisian photographic studio.

Last year, Harcourt launched its first luxury photo booth at the Festival de Cannes. Since then, the company has scattered seven booths across Paris and its surroundings. The booths are decorated with the images of stars: French actress and model Carole Bouquet, German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, American dancer singer and actress Josephine Baker, and French actor Jean Dujardin have all posed in the Harcourt studios. It's a rite of passage.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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