Some people look totally different without their glasses, this was a color digital shot converted to black and white with some dodging and burning. The light is natural window light, the best source of light when you cant afford a studio strobe.
She tells a wonderful story, the whites of her eyes are *so* white, and the darkness under them only emphasizes them. Looks like she's bruised, but not unhappy. I don't think I care for the backdrop, it doesn't contribute to the character or her mystery. Otherwise, the subject herself is wonderful.