Bizarre Beauty Trends: Neck Rings
It was Marco Polo who first commented on this bizarre, lifelong beauty treatment in 1300. But in the 700 years that have passed not much has changed. The donning of the neck ring, somewhat commonplace in Asian and African cultures, can occur as early as the age of two. Women, in their pursuit of “beauty,” sport the metal coils, which compound annually–sometimes to the point that it looks as if these women bear a metal snake wrapped twenty times around their neck. However, the elongation of the neck is illusory: the weight of the coils pushes the collarbone and ribs downward at such an angle that makes the neck appear similar to that of a giraffe.