Camel toe is a slang term that refers to the outline of a human female's labia majora, as seen through tightly fitting clothes. Due to a combination of anatomical factors and the tightness of the fabric covering it, the crotch and mons pubis may take on a resemblance to the forefoot of a camel.
The causes of the camel toe effect are not always obvious. Camel toe commonly occurs as a result of wearing tight fitting clothes, such as shorts, hotpants or swimwear – particularly when the labia majora are hairless and the pubic hair cannot help to mask the underlying shape of the mons.
Some fashion analysts have identified clothing design as a cause, rather than the size of the labia majora. Camel toe may be exacerbated by garments with a tight central seam that serves to divide the labia majora.
Uncleft "bulges" are more often visible. The degree to which a woman's mons pubis protrudes depends on a number of factors, including body weight, distribution of adipose tissue and genetic variation in anatomy.
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- Freeman, Hadley (27 November 2007). "Miaow! Today's pop princesses do love their catsuits.". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-12-08. "Alicia Keyes generously saves me from having to explain what exactly a camel toe is in anatomical detail, but for those who need a little help, let's just say the words "crotch outline" and let that suffice."
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- Sanneh, Kelefah (23 May 2003). "Fashion Tip in Rap for Brooklyn Girls.". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-03. "A good question, although answering it requires a certain tact. Cameltoe is slang for a fashion faux pas caused by women wearing snug pants; the term suggests a visual analogy. The song is a cautionary tale, intended to help victims – help them, that is, by ridiculing them – into recovery."
- Anatomy of a Camel toe, part 1. "Most of the time, camel toe is rarely the extreme you see on certain websites; it's more subtle than that. Most of the time, camel toe is caused by wearing pants that are too big—in one specific area—making a reciprocal area too small. It's an engineering problem, not a weight problem. In fact, here's a skinny mannequin. If she's got a camel toe, everyone else will too." Fashion Incubator, 21 April 2006.
- Anatomy of a Camel toe, part 2. Fashion Incubator, 21 April 2006.
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- Media related to Cameltoes at Wikimedia Commons