This photograph was made on assignment for Harper's Bazaar magazine. Lisette Model was assigned to photograph the women who resided at dude ranches in Nevada for the six weeks required to qualify for residency and obtain a quick divorce.
The divorcée seen here, wearing an embroidered Western-style shirt, her eyes hidden behind sunglasses in the blinding hot Nevada sun, erects a barrier between herself and the photographer. Her right hand and half-smoked cigarette prevent the camera from getting too close, as do the elaborate rhinestone-encrusted glasses that reflect stark windows and not much else. The circumstances of her stay in Reno lend an air of desperation to her defensive comportment.