The increasing application of medical techniques to the arena of human aesthetics should give the inquisitive anthropologist pause for reflection. What of the history of self-adornment, and are there parallels to be drawn. What is the difference between inserting a gigantic cup into your lower lip, and extending your neck with metal rings, and the surgical enhancements on offer from cosmetic surgeons today? Discuss. There is no doubt that human beings have a primary urge to appear as attractive as possible to the opposite sex, and are prepared to take some fairly extreme measures to enhance their assets. Some attempts, such as the bizarrely huge boots seen in Mexico of late, can be seen as a passing fashion, albeit one that is taking off across America where Mexican communities are strong. Others are deeper rooted and culturally specific.
Woman from West African tribe of Karamojong
Young woman from the Mursi Tribe