Before they pass away - Jimmy Nelson #photography #photographer
Mursi women are known all over the world for wearing clay
plates in their lower lips. At the age of 15, girls get pierced,
after which their lips are stretched out to create enough space
to place the lip plate. It is said that the lip plates were invented
to make Mursi women less attractive to slave traders. In the tribe
today, the bigger the lip plate, the more cattle the girl is worth
by the time she is traded into marriage.