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Woodabe Tribesmen From Niger Who Apply Make Up Like Women

The Wodaabe are a proud nomadic people who are scattered across the sub-Saharan Sahelian steppe in Niger and North Africa. They are said to have originated in the upper Nile basin, and their exact origins are heavily debated by scholars; some say they are from Ethiopia, while others insist they are from Egypt. The Wodaabe keep largely to themselves and rarely marry outside of their own group, which has enabled them to keep their cultural and genetic identity pure. The Wodaabe people are a sub-group of the Fulani people. The Wodaabe are traditionally known as the Bororo. In Wodaabe society all individuals actively decorate their bodies and actively create the cultural elements of the material culture. Unlike in many western cultures it is the men who cover themselves in elaborate make- up and costume to convince the Wodaabe women they are the 'best suitor' for marriage.

 

Gerewol Festival,Niger( A Male Beauty Contest)

 

The Gerewol, is an annual beauty pageant among the Wodaabe tribe, where the men wear the make-up, while the women decide the winner.

 

 

 

 

 

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