Guerwol Beauty Contest


Every year, hundreds of Wodaabe herders gather in the desert for the Guerwol festival, a celebration consisting of dancing, singing, and a traditional male beauty pageant.  The men paint their faces red and line their lips and eyes in black.  They bare their teeth and widen their eyes, as these features are considered most attractive.  I was fortunate enough to witness the festival in 2009.



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