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.

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

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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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#11 Mariah Carey - Butterfly

Mariah Carey - Butterfly

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Chalie 1 year ago

Well, they tried...

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#12 Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative

Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative

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Anni 1 year ago

Jon Snow

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#13 Jennifer Paige - Jennifer Paige

Jennifer Paige - Jennifer Paige

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M O'Connell 1 year ago

At least it's done better than many of the others. And it's a legit style. I probably wouldn't have noticed.

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#14 Rihanna's Perfume Ad In Kuwait

Rihanna's Perfume Ad In Kuwait

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Nora 1 year ago

the second one looks bettee

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#15 Lady Gaga - Artpop

Lady Gaga - Artpop

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Adogcalledkitty 1 year ago

But you can see her shoulder! 😱

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#16 Riana Grande - My Everything

Riana Grande - My Everything

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Darthsofia 1 year ago

I wish they could fix her huge shoe instead

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#17 Censored Floaties In Saudi Arabia

Censored Floaties In Saudi Arabia

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ADHORTATOR 1 year ago

The guy who imports broad sharpies must be billionaire!

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#18 Lady Gaga - The Remix

Lady Gaga - The Remix

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Tijana Skrbic 1 year ago

Lol even the headlines are changed

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#19 Gisele Bundchen's H&M Ad Campaign Censored For Middle East

Gisele Bundchen's H&M Ad Campaign Censored For Middle East

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Dima Less 1 year ago

Lol, can someone please explain me why make an Ad campaign for the countries where nobody will be allowed to wear this shit?

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#20 Madonna - Hard Candy

Madonna - Hard Candy

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Jess Gore 1 year ago

They forgot to put a bag over her head.

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#21 Toni Braxton - More Than A Woman

Toni Braxton - More Than A Woman

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Bianka Nagy 1 year ago

More than a woman, less than a man, apparently... go ahead, give me all the thumbs down :)

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#22 Mariah Carey - The Art Of Letting Go

Mariah Carey - The Art Of Letting Go

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Hannah Garner 1 year ago

Honestly, looks better the second way..

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#23 Kylie Minogue - Light Years

Kylie Minogue - Light Years

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Kane Cheung 1 year ago

Mystique

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#24 Geri Halliwell - Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

Geri Halliwell - Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

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#25 Jennifer Lopez - On The 6

Jennifer Lopez - On The 6

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Kane Cheung 1 year ago

Someone painted every album cover?

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#26 Melanie B - Hot

Melanie B - Hot

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Dima Less 1 year ago

Melanie B - Not that hot

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#27 Shakira - Shakira

Shakira - Shakira

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Vickie Martin 1 year ago

Can't make Shakira look bad.

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#28 Mariah Carey - #1's

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Yezid Puerto 1 year ago

that 70's album

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#29 Back Cover Of Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now'

Back Cover Of Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now'

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Anni 1 year ago

Yes, dark blue the obvious choice...

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#30 Gloria Estefan - Abriendo Puertas

Gloria Estefan - Abriendo Puertas

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

Come on! the original one was way less provocative than the Lady Gaga remix cover after they added strips!

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#31 Mariah Carey - Glitter

Mariah Carey - Glitter

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3ke 1 year ago

More SPARKLES!

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#32 Katy Perry - One Of The Boys

Katy Perry - One Of The Boys

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Vickie Martin 1 year ago

No kidding...she can kiss a girl and like it but not be seen in shorts ahahaha

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#33 Toni Braxton - The Heat

Toni Braxton - The Heat

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Corinne Wiedemann 1 year ago

This one actually isn't too bad

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#34 Clarks Ad In Kuwait On The Left (It Is Allowed To Show Knees And Women Without A Headscarf) And In Saudi Arabia On The Right (It's Not Allowed)

Clarks Ad In Kuwait On The Left (It Is Allowed To Show Knees And Women Without A Headscarf) And In Saudi Arabia On The Right (It's Not Allowed)

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Celeste Spaniel 1 year ago

Now it looks like she has giant feet too! :P

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#35 Sex Pistols - Flogging A Dead Horse

Sex Pistols - Flogging A Dead Horse

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Shauday Smith 1 year ago

sex pistols got in there?

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#36 Britney Spears - Circus

Britney Spears - Circus

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Vickie Martin 1 year ago

Ughly

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#37 Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

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Tiu Tau Tilhi 1 year ago

This one makes it look like they gave her a boobjob, as well!

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#38 Shakira - Laundry Service

Shakira - Laundry Service

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Kate Brannan 1 year ago

Strange that women in the music business have to get their baps out and show this much skin when thr same isnt expected of men. Not saying skin censorship is the way, however. We need to ask ourselves, why? Oh yeah, sex sells. And i thought that it was the music which spoke for itself. Obv im muchos wrong, wrong, wrong xx

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#39 Mariah Carey - Rainbow

Mariah Carey - Rainbow

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Shauday Smith 1 year ago

they gave her capris! inconceivable!

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#40 Rihanna - Unapologetic

Rihanna - Unapologetic

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Ariane Galloway 1 year ago

From "Unapologetic" to "A Little Apologetic" :P

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#41 Britney Spears - Britney

Britney Spears - Britney

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Hallak65 1 year ago

Her arms look wierd.

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#42 This Huge Advertisement With Blurred Woman's Face In A Mall Of Jeddah

This Huge Advertisement With Blurred Woman's Face In A Mall Of Jeddah

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Marie 1 year ago

So sad

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#43 Shakira - She Wolf

Shakira - She Wolf

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Talise Snyder 1 year ago

"Oriental Edition?"

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#44 Censored Marie Claire Magazine In Saudi Arabia

Censored Marie Claire Magazine In Saudi Arabia

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Sarah Lennie 1 year ago

Seriously, what's the point?

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#45 Solid Harmonie - I'll Be There For You

Solid Harmonie - I'll Be There For You

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Hallak65 1 year ago

Give a like, if you heard about this band before. Only 90s kids will remember :D

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#46 Tlc - Unpretty

Tlc - Unpretty

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Kate Brannan 1 year ago

This is the first iv ever heard about this Sharpie form of fashiom. Maybe its cos... As long as the records are getting sold, no artist actually really minds. Lesson learned= money is the real religion of the masses x

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#47 Demi Lovato - Demi

Demi Lovato - Demi

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Αδαμαντία Αδαμαντία 1 year ago

They also hide the cross!

#48 Mariah Carey - Emotions

Mariah Carey - Emotions

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Corinne Wiedemann 1 year ago

This one makes no sense

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#49 Hasna - Bamba

Hasna - Bamba

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Aubrie Allen 1 year ago

It's actually kinda cute the way she wore it in the second pic.

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