Wayuu girl

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Photo and caption by Piers Calvert

An indigenous Wayuu girl from the La Guajira peninsula in the deserts of northern Colombia. Wayuu girls traditionally paint spirals on their faces as they emerge through puberty to represent their coming of age, the circle of life, and the menstrual cycle. They regularly use this make-up to beautify, but as they get older and marry, they change the spirals on their cheeks for messy blotches, to make them less attractive to members of the opposite sex, a kind of anti-makeup.

Location: Uribia, La Guajira, Colombia


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