4. Lip plates
Certain African and amazonian tribes have a beauty standard that others may find strange, but amongst these groups, it has become a beautiful tradition to wear large lip plates. When a girl reaches puberty, her two bottom teeth are removed to make way for a piercing in the lower lip. A clay or wooden plate is then inserted into the hole and is gradually replaced with larger plates as she gets older, similar to the ear stretching practice. The larger the plate, the more desirable the woman becomes, as a large plate signifies beauty, maturity, and a woman’s value in cattle.