Tourists now flock to Ethiopia's Omo region to gawk at Mursi women with their clay lip plates.
|Originally created as a mark of beauty, now Ethiopia's Omo region Mursi women have turned their lip plates into a tourist attraction. Ethiopia, Omo Valley, Mursi tribe, Africa.|
Over the past 14 years I've traveled to the Omo, I've seen the Mursi turn their tortuous marks of beauty increasingly into Disney-like tourist attractions. "You, you, you. Photograph me." Now it costs 10 Birr a shutter click.
Watching the spectacle on my visit last January, I couldn't help but wonder how many of the camera-toting tourist's use Botox or other beauty treatments.
It just seems to me that the Mursi have turned their Botox equivalent into profit.
|Here a Mursi woman puts the finishing touches on a new clay lip disk. Ethiopia, Omo Valley, Mursi tribe, Africa.|
|After shaping the clay disks, these Mursi women fire the plates in an open fire. Ethiopia, Omo Valley, Mursi tribe, Africa.|
|I can't imagine plucking my eye lashes. And here you can clearly see what the stretched lip looks like without an inserted disk. Ethiopia, Omo Valley, Mursi tribe, Africa.|
All images copyright ©Janis Miglavs 2015