Bikinis and mini-skirts may be commonplace in the Western world, but the Middle-East is a slightly different story. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran enforce strict modesty laws on women in keeping with Islamic tradition, and prohibit any skin other than the face and hands from showing. These restrictions even apply to Britney and Madonna, as it turns out.


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Wearing sexy, revealing clothing is a great way to sell pretty much anything in North America. When these steamy images make their way into Islamic territories via media and advertisements, however, they're required to be toned down before they can be released to the public. In most cases, religious police in charge of censorship - known as mutaween - just take a big old Sharpie to Mariah's midriff or Shakira's shoulders. Recently, however, they've started to get a little creative with Photoshop, and even made headlines last week for replacing a woman in a pool ad with a beach ball. A+ for effort!

Check out the best, the worst, and the funniest edited images for sensitive audiences below, and just try to tell us that J-Lo isn't totally rocking those permanent marker pants.

#1 Christina Aguilera - Lotus

Christina Aguilera - Lotus

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coffee zombie 1 year ago

This cover up looks better than the others.

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#2 Mariah Carey - #1's

Mariah Carey - #1's

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Bianka Nagy 1 year ago

I need this magic trick to hide my double chin on photos! :D

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#3 Pool Ad

Pool Ad

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Valentina 1 year ago

So...in the Middle East it is OK for Winny the Pooh to marry Barney and adopt/have 3 surrogate kids! Legendary!!

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#4 Shakira - Oral Fixation

Shakira - Oral Fixation

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boredhuman 1 year ago

this could be a ladyshave commecial. after and before...

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#5 Justin Bieber - Purpose

Justin Bieber - Purpose

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#6 Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again

Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again

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Naima Ivansdóttir 1 year ago

much better - why add ridiculously shopped tops and clothes?

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#7 Christina Aguilera - Stripped

Christina Aguilera - Stripped

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Bianka Nagy 1 year ago

Christina Aguilera - Dressed

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#8 Lady Gaga - Do What U Want

Lady Gaga - Do What U Want

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ADHORTATOR 1 year ago

Do what u want - the answer is NO!

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#9 Nirvana - Nevermind

Nirvana - Nevermind

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didi 1 year ago

I have 2 cassette tapes of this album from the early 90s in Saudi: one with white shorts and the other with black ones!

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#10 Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

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Shiritoru 1 year ago

Rebellious nun. :))

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