Put down your yoga mat and fill up that bowl of spaghetti (carbs, carbs, carbs). In Mauritania, bigger is better. Much bigger. Although the story behind it isn’t so sexy: because of crippling food shortages throughout Mauritania's history, obesity among women is considered a sign of wealth and prestige -- and incredibly hot. Many women are even sent to "fat farms" in order to attain the ideal weight, and the process can involve eating up to 16,000 calories per day.
Mursi women, Ethiopia
Full lips are one thing, but the Mursi women of Ethiopia take it to an entirely new level. About six to 12 months before marriage, a woman has her lower lip pierced and it is increasingly stretched by a series of larger and larger wooden discs. At the end of the process, the final diameter can measure between 3 and 8in.