4. Lip Stretching in Parts of Africa and South America Are Considered Attractive to Men
Many Americans may consider a lip plate a form of body mutilation, but to a Mursi or Suri woman in Ethiopia, it denotes female maturity, signaling that she has reached child-bearing age.
The process includes the removal of the two lower front teeth before a piercing is made to allow a heavy clay or wooden disk to adorn and stretch the lower lip. Like ear stretching, larger and larger disks are inserted over time to further elongate the lip. The larger the disk becomes, the greater the beauty, as it signifies maturity, which is an attractive attribute to a male of the tribe.
The practice is also found in parts of South America.