The Gerewol is an annual beauty pageant with a difference – it is the men who wear the make-up and compete for the attention of female judges, in this annual courtship ritual of the Wodaabe people, Niger.

Wodaabe-Bororo men with faces painted at the annual Gerewol male beauty contest, a general reunion of West African Wodaabe Peuls (Bororo Peul), Niger, West Africa
Wodaabe-Bororo men with faces painted at the annual Gerewol male beauty contest, a general reunion of West African Wodaabe Peuls, Niger, West Africa
Niger, A Wodaabe-Bororo man with his face painted for the annual Gerewol male beauty contest
Niger, A Wodaabe-Bororo man with his face painted for the annual Gerewol male beauty contest
Group of Wodaabe (Bororo) men with faces painted for the annual Gerewol male beauty contest, the general reunion of West Africa for the Wodaabe Peul people, Niger
Group of Wodaabe (Bororo) men with faces painted for the annual Gerewol male beauty contest, the general reunion of West Africa for the Wodaabe Peul people, Niger
Wodaabe-Bororo men, Gerewol festival, Niger
Wodaabe-Bororo men, Gerewol festival, Niger
Back view of a group of Wodaabe (Bororo) men at the annual Gerewol male beauty contest, the general reunion of West Africa for the Wodaabe Peul (Bororo Peul) people, Niger
Back view of a group of Wodaabe (Bororo) men at the annual Gerewol male beauty contest, the general reunion of West Africa for the Wodaabe Peul (Bororo Peul) people, Niger

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