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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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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Naima Ivansdóttir
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3 years ago

MUCH better

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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
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3 years 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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Valentina
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3 years ago

not bad actually.

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#8

Lady Gaga - Do What U Want

Lady Gaga - Do What U Want

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Nora
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3 years ago

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good to cover indecent stuff.

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#9

Nirvana - Nevermind

Nirvana - Nevermind

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didi
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Rebellious nun. :))

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#11

Mariah Carey - Butterfly

Mariah Carey - Butterfly

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Chalie
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Jon Snow

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#13

Jennifer Paige - Jennifer Paige

Jennifer Paige - Jennifer Paige

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M O'Connell
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

the second one looks bettee

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#15

Lady Gaga - Artpop

Lady Gaga - Artpop

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Adogcalledkitty
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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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Natalia Sanchez
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3 years ago

I imagined they'd add a sandwich poster board on her or something, this is kind of a disappointment...

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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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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

Yeap, it was hell to offensive!

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#20

Madonna - Hard Candy

Madonna - Hard Candy

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Clare McDuff
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3 years ago

YIKES!!! Dominatrix much?

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#21

Toni Braxton - More Than A Woman

Toni Braxton - More Than A Woman

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Bianka Nagy
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3 years 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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Vickie Martin
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3 years ago

Second one looks good though.

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#23

Kylie Minogue - Light Years

Kylie Minogue - Light Years

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Kane Cheung
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3 years 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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Its da Latest
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3 years ago

Flash?

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#25

Jennifer Lopez - On The 6

Jennifer Lopez - On The 6

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boredhuman
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3 years ago

omg...

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#26

Melanie B - Hot

Melanie B - Hot

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Dima Less
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3 years ago

Melanie B - Not that hot

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#27

Shakira - Shakira

Shakira - Shakira

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Vickie Martin
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3 years ago

Can't make Shakira look bad.

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#28

Mariah Carey - #1's

Mariah Carey - #1's

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Vickie Martin
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3 years ago

Mariah in clothes? Not right.

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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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Naima Ivansdóttir
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3 years ago

seems legit

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#30

Gloria Estefan - Abriendo Puertas

Gloria Estefan - Abriendo Puertas

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years 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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Vickie Martin
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3 years ago

Can't hide Mariah's boobage no matter what lol.

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#32

Katy Perry - One Of The Boys

Katy Perry - One Of The Boys

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Sherlock Holmes
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3 years ago

I want those shorts!

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#33

Toni Braxton - The Heat

Toni Braxton - The Heat

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Corinne Wiedemann
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3 years 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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Sheralyn
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3 years ago

That's weird... the rest didn't have headscarves.

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#35

Sex Pistols - Flogging A Dead Horse

Sex Pistols - Flogging A Dead Horse

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Shauday Smith
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3 years ago

sex pistols got in there?

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#36

Britney Spears - Circus

Britney Spears - Circus

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Vickie Martin
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3 years ago

Ughly

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#37

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

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Tiu Tau Tilhi
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3 years 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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3ke
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3 years ago

The close up edits are okay

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#39

Mariah Carey - Rainbow

Mariah Carey - Rainbow

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Shauday Smith
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3 years ago

they gave her capris! inconceivable!

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#40

Rihanna - Unapologetic

Rihanna - Unapologetic

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Ariane Galloway
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3 years ago

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

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#41

Britney Spears - Britney

Britney Spears - Britney

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Hallak65
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

So sad

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#43

Shakira - She Wolf

Shakira - She Wolf

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Talise Snyder
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

They also hide the cross!

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#48

Mariah Carey - Emotions

Mariah Carey - Emotions

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Tamira Lasky
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3 years ago

White is SO flashy...🙄🙄🙄

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#49

Hasna - Bamba

Hasna - Bamba

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Aubrie Allen
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3 years ago

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

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