by Drs. Deborah Ekstrom & Juris Bunkis
What better time to think about lips than on Valentine’s Day!
Lips represent one of the most sensuous parts of a body but the sense of beauty certainly various between species and cultures. People from the Ubangi tribe use various tissue expander techniques to stretch earlobes and lips to achieve a level of beauty adored in their culture.
Camels apparently also have beauty standards. A camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia draws thousands of spectators and rewards 66 million dollars in prizes to the most beautiful camels – judges look for long, droopy lips, a big nose and a shapely hump. Apparently some of the people entering their camels in the shows “cheated” by enhancing their camels’ appearance with Botox injections and other cosmetic enhancements.