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.

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Christina Aguilera - Lotus

Christina Aguilera - Lotus

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Mariah Carey - #1's

Mariah Carey - #1's

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Pool Ad

Pool Ad

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Shakira - Oral Fixation

Shakira - Oral Fixation

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Justin Bieber - Purpose

Justin Bieber - Purpose

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

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

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Christina Aguilera - Stripped

Christina Aguilera - Stripped

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Lady Gaga - Do What U Want

Lady Gaga - Do What U Want

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Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

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Mariah Carey - Butterfly

Mariah Carey - Butterfly

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Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative

Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative

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Jennifer Paige - Jennifer Paige

Jennifer Paige - Jennifer Paige

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Rihanna's Perfume Ad In Kuwait

Rihanna's Perfume Ad In Kuwait

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Lady Gaga - Artpop

Lady Gaga - Artpop

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Riana Grande - My Everything

Riana Grande - My Everything

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Censored Floaties In Saudi Arabia

Censored Floaties In Saudi Arabia

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Lady Gaga - The Remix

Lady Gaga - The Remix

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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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Madonna - Hard Candy

Madonna - Hard Candy

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#21

Toni Braxton - More Than A Woman

Toni Braxton - More Than A Woman

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Mariah Carey - The Art Of Letting Go

Mariah Carey - The Art Of Letting Go

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Kylie Minogue - Light Years

Kylie Minogue - Light Years

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Geri Halliwell - Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

Geri Halliwell - Scream If You Wanna Go Faster

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Jennifer Lopez - On The 6

Jennifer Lopez - On The 6

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Shakira - Shakira

Shakira - Shakira

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Back Cover Of Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now'

Back Cover Of Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now'

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Gloria Estefan - Abriendo Puertas

Gloria Estefan - Abriendo Puertas

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Mariah Carey - Glitter

Mariah Carey - Glitter

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Katy Perry - One Of The Boys

Katy Perry - One Of The Boys

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Toni Braxton - The Heat

Toni Braxton - The Heat

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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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Sex Pistols - Flogging A Dead Horse

Sex Pistols - Flogging A Dead Horse

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Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey

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Shakira - Laundry Service

Shakira - Laundry Service

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Mariah Carey - Rainbow

Mariah Carey - Rainbow

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Rihanna - Unapologetic

Rihanna - Unapologetic

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Britney Spears - Britney

Britney Spears - Britney

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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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Censored Marie Claire Magazine In Saudi Arabia

Censored Marie Claire Magazine In Saudi Arabia

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Solid Harmonie - I'll Be There For You

Solid Harmonie - I'll Be There For You

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Demi Lovato - Demi

Demi Lovato - Demi

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Mariah Carey - Emotions

Mariah Carey - Emotions

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