Holy Shit!!!! This Is A World Record Lip Plate

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The largest lip plate measures 19.5 cm (7.7 in), and was achieved by Ataye Eligidagne, as measured in Ethiopia, in 2014.

A member of the Surma tribe that Ataye lives in previously held this record at 15 cm, but she exceeded it by 4.5 cm. She was photographed by Australian film-maker Abraham Joffe - this photo was included in the 2015 Guinness World Records book.

Normally worn for decoration, for the Surma people of southern Ethiopia the significance of wearing lip plates is a financial one. The process of inserting these plates (made by the women themselves from local clay, which are then coloured with ochre and charcoal and fire-baked) begins approximately a year before marriage and the final size indicates the number of cattle required by the girl's family from her future husband for her hand. For example, a plate measuring 15 cm (6 in) in diameter - the previous record holder - would require a payment of 50 cattle.

The practice of inserting large, circular clay plates behind the lower lips of the women is seen as a sign of true beauty. At puberty, the lip is stretched with a clay plate, and the size increased incrementally. A girl's goal is to reach a plate the size of a teacup saucer, or bigger, before she is married.


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This post has received a 8.85 % upvote from @sharkbank thanks to: @powpow420.

I have keloids...

@powpow420 Thank you for sharing this. I have keloid skin like the woman in the picture. The keloids are those scars that you see on her chest and arms.

I got my first keloids after having chickenpox at 9-years-old. And now that I'm ill and have had tons of surgery, I have tons of them (they form from overgrowth of skin that's been cut in various ways).

I've always felt ugly having them, but I did know that others (worldwide) purposely want and have them. Thank you for sharing this with me.


*Photo by/of MissNikkiAnn


I think they are beautiful.. Your very welcome


The lipring is crazy eww! The scars actually were cool! And yeah seen people do it intentionally!

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