This woman of the Mursi tribe in the Omo River Valley of Ethiopia is showing off her community's iconic clay-plate lip adornment, about which LIFE.com photographer Brent Stirton explains:
"This is a woman of the Mursi tribe, wearing boar's tusks, which traditionally would be considered men's decoration. The Mursi women are famous for their clay lip plates, a symbol of beauty. A woman would literally have a little hand bag with three or four of them featuring different designs. Sort of their own version of Prada."
Makes you reconsider that shopping spree down Fifth Avenue, no?
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