The Middle East is known for its traditional and conservative societal and social norms. Modesty is a way of life in this part of the world. In stark contrast to life in Western countries, public displays of affection are scorned, and often even casually touching a woman who is not related to you is considered taboo.
It should come as no surprise, then, that racy, scandalous and sexually charged album cover art images often need to be Photoshopped in order to make them more modest before they are eligible for sale in Middle Eastern countries, and their efforts to conceal skin can sometimes be hilarious.
Here are 5 such album covers – original and photoshopped side by side. Can you tell which one was intended for the Middle East?
1. Lady Gaga – Do What U Want Ft. R. Kelly
2. Kylie – Fever
3. Lady Gaga – The Remix
4. Katy Perry – The Teenage Dream
5. Madonna – Hard Candy