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In Pictures: Cashing in on 'The Lady'

In Myanmar, a thriving cottage industry has sprung up around the image of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2012 10:35

Yangon, Myanmar - Shut out from her people and the world for more than 21 years by the military rulers, Myarnmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has staged a remarkable comeback.

Since being freed from custody in 2010, Suu Kyi has become omnipresent in a country swept by reforms.

With the military loosening its grip, there is renewed hope in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. And as stifling political restrictions are eased, Suu Kyi has come to embody her countrymen's collective dreams.

Today, her face greets people from graffiti, posters, tea cups and T-shirts. Suu Kyi merchandise is fast-moving from store shelves.

Stepping out of isolation, "The Lady", as she is reverentially called by many, finds herself a subject of mass adoration.


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Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights, she has become an icon of Myanmar's struggle for democracy.


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Kept under house arrest or in jail for most of the past 21 years, she was released from custody in 2010 and stood as a candidate for parliament the following year. A cottage industry has sprung up around her image.


Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera
Outside the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters, vendors earn between 250,000-300,000 kyats ($290-$350) a day selling their merchandise, with profits split between vendors and the NLD.


Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera
Keyrings featuring portraits of Suu Kyi and her father, independence hero Bogyoke Aung San, are much in demand outside the NLD headquarters.


Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera
Pictures of the woman many refer to simply as "The Lady" are kept and maintained with almost spiritual reverence. Prior to last year's by-elections, displays of the popular Burmese democracy leader's image were banned.


Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera
Aung San Suu Kyi visited the US in September, and President Barack Obama became the first serving US president to visit Myanamar in November 2012, trying to strike a balance between praising the government's progress in shaking off military rule and pressing for more reform.


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Suu Kyi's presence is felt all over the country, and graffiti of her image is ubiquitous.


Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera
"The Lady," an eloquent speaker, holds an important place in the minds and hearts of her supporters.


Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera
Above, a pirated copy of the motion picture "The Lady" for sale on Bogyoke Aung San Road, named after Suu Kyi's father.


Dave Tacon/Al Jazeera
Aung San Suu Kyi merchandise is widely available on the streets of Yangon.



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Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights, she has become an icon of Myanmar(***)s struggle for democracy. ;*;Kept under house arrest or in jail for most of the past 21 years, she was released from custody in 2010 and stood as a candidate for parliament the following year. A cottage industry has sprung up around her image.;*;Outside the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters, vendors earn between 250,000-300,000 kyats ($290-$350) a day selling their merchandise, with profits split between vendors and the NLD. ;*;Keyrings featuring portraits of Suu Kyi and her father, independence hero Bogyoke Aung San, are much in demand outside the NLD headquarters.;*;Pictures of the woman many refer to simply as "The Lady" are kept and maintained with almost spiritual reverence. Prior to last year(***)s by-elections, displays of the popular Burmese democracy leader(***)s image were banned. ;*;Aung San Suu Kyi visited the US in September, and President Barack Obama became the first serving US president to visit Myanamar in November 2012, trying to strike a balance between praising the government(***)s progress in shaking off military rule and pressing for more reform.;*;Suu Kyi(***)s presence is felt all over the country, and graffiti of her image is ubiquitous. ;*;"The Lady," an eloquent speaker, holds an important place in the minds and hearts of her supporters.;*;Above, a pirated copy of the motion picture "The Lady" for sale on Bogyoke Aung San Road, named after Suu Kyi(***)s father.;*;Aung San Suu Kyi merchandise is widely available on the streets of Yangon. Daylife ID:
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 Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights, she has become an icon of Myanmar's struggle for democracy.

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 Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights, she has become an icon of Myanmar's struggle for democracy.

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 Kept under arrest or in jail for most of the part 21 years, she was released from custody on November 13 2010, and stood as a candidate in April 11,2011. A cottage industry has sprung up in Aung San Suu Kyi.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=00dx2Hyew70tIDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

 Kept under arrest or in jail for most of the part 21 years, she was released from custody on November 13 2010, and stood as a candidate in April 11,2011. A cottage industry has sprung up in Aung San Suu Kyi.

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 Outside the  National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters, vendors earn between 250,000 MMK - 300,000 MMK ($290 - $350) per day with profits split between vendors and the NLD.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=04Cj4Q76F3aUDDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

 Outside the  National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters, vendors earn between 250,000 MMK - 300,000 MMK ($290 - $350) per day with profits split between vendors and the NLD.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0dct6Jx2j78iL

 Keyrings featuring portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi and her father the Burma independence hero Bogyoke Aung San merchandise for sale outside the NLD (National League for Democracy) headquarters.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0dct6Jx2j78iLDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

 Keyrings featuring portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi and her father the Burma independence hero Bogyoke Aung San merchandise for sale outside the NLD (National League for Democracy) headquarters.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0gDQ3JtgNMaWj

Pictures of the woman many refer to simply as The Lady are kept and maintained with almost spiritual reverence. Prior to last year's by-elections, displays of the popular Burmese democracy leader's image was banned.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0gDQ3JtgNMaWjDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

Pictures of the woman many refer to simply as The Lady are kept and maintained with almost spiritual reverence. Prior to last year's by-elections, displays of the popular Burmese democracy leader's image was banned.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=09dIaT80P01Am

Aung San Suu Kyi visited the US in September, and President Obama became the first serving US president to visit Myanamar in November 2012, trying  to strike a balance between praising the government's progress in shaking off military rule and pressing for more reform.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=09dIaT80P01AmDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

Aung San Suu Kyi visited the US in September, and President Obama became the first serving US president to visit Myanamar in November 2012, trying  to strike a balance between praising the government's progress in shaking off military rule and pressing for more reform.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=00481bo7wy08n

 A mural featuring a portrait of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) flag.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=00481bo7wy08nDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

 A mural featuring a portrait of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) flag.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0add4Mp5Vy8wN

 The lady holds a very important place in the minds of her supporters. She represents a positive hope.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0add4Mp5Vy8wNDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

 The lady holds a very important place in the minds of her supporters. She represents a positive hope.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=05ESfVGcOP5n5

Above,  a pirated copy of the motion picture 'The Lady' for sale on Bogyoke Aung San Road, named after Suu Kyi's father, a Burmese independence hero.


Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=05ESfVGcOP5n5Dave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

Above,  a pirated copy of the motion picture 'The Lady' for sale on Bogyoke Aung San Road, named after Suu Kyi's father, a Burmese independence hero.


http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0f9Ic9b2T9gZv

 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi merchadise including books, calendars, badges and postcards are widely available on the streets of Rangoon.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1355902393634?image_id=0f9Ic9b2T9gZvDave TaconAl Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi merchadise including books, calendars, badges and postcards are widely available on the streets of Rangoon.



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