Senegal style beauty treatments: Women have their gums tattooed black to improve their smiles
A Moroccan proverb goes – Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a beautiful face. In this case we might substitute the beautiful face with a beautiful smile. Why? becouse Senegalese girls seem to have taken to having their gums tattoed to improve their smiles. The last such unusual beauty treatment I blogged about was about some Nigerian men having their lips tattoed pink.
The standard of beauty across the world varies and in some ways that variety adds rather than takes away from cultures across the world.
The video below features Marieme who goes under the needle to have her gum tattoed to give her a better smile and according to her to protect her teeth as well. She explains that this is not a fad, but a practice that was a feature of her ancestors traditions and customs.