The earliest body piercings date back centuries. In an article by All That’s Interesting, some of the most common places to get pierced originated from different parts of the world. The earliest ear piercings, for instance, were found on Ötzi, the oldest discovered mummified body. Tongue piercings were considered a blood sacrifice by the Aztecs and Mayans. To the Dogon tribe of Africa, lip piercings paid tribute to the goddess Noomi, who they attribute the creation of the world to. And in Ancient Egypt, no one but the pharaoh was allowed to pierce their belly buttons.
Cut to the 21st century, body piercing is still going strong. And they’re not just limited to a select group of society. Anyone can get pierced, whether it’s for personal and/or aesthetic reasons. The jewelry come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and price points. Many are made of biocompatible material like titanium and surgical steel so that they’re safer on the body. Even the process has become more sophisticated; people can opt for a piercing gun or a needle.
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In the Philippines, celebrities are keeping the trend alive by flaunting their piercings on social media. Some opt to pierce just one part of their body. Others go the multiple route. Check out where they place their body accessories in the gallery above!
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Photographs taken from the official Instagram accounts of Sue Ramirez, Loisa Andalio, Kathryn Bernardo, Alex Diaz, Kim Chiu, and Arci Muñoz.