Camel toe

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Labia in tight booty shorts
A camel's toes

Camel toe, or cameltoe, is slang for the outline of the labia majora (the outer lips of the vulva) in tightly fitting clothes.[1][2][3] Owing to a combination of anatomical factors and the fabric tension in the crotch area, the outer labia and mons pubis may, together, display a shape resembling the forefoot of a camel. Camel toe commonly occurs as a result of wearing clothing with crotch-area vertical tension, such as Spandex activewear or athleisure bottom wear, hotpants or swimwear.[4]

In the 1930s, following the development of Lastex rubberized yarns for swimwear, the resulting exposure of the pubic-area outline resulted in manufacturers adding a "modesty panel" to women's swimsuits to conceal the camel toe; this persisted through the 1950s.[5]

In the early 21st century, the display of camel toe in public or in the media has caused controversy on a number of occasions.[6][7][8]

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  1. ^ "camel toe - Definition of camel toe in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries - English. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ Mansour, David (2005). From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. ISBN 978-0-7407-5118-9.
  3. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 November 2007). "Miaow! Today's pop princesses do love their catsuits". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2007. ... let's just say the words 'crotch outline' and let that suffice.
  4. ^ Sanneh, Kelefah (23 May 2003). "Fashion Tip in Rap for Brooklyn Girls". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2007. Cameltoe is slang for a fashion faux pas caused by women wearing snug pants; the term suggests a visual analogy.
  5. ^ Ibbotson, Fiona. "A History of Women's Swimwear". Fashion history timeline. Fashion Institute of Technology. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  6. ^ Staff (18 November 2013) "K. Michelle Addresses Camel Toe Controversy" Houston Style Magazine
  7. ^ Jones, Ali (2017) "Camel toes in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds won’t make it to live servers, were an accident" PCGamesN
  8. ^ Morrish, Lydia (8 October 2015). "Chick-Chat: We Need To Stop Hating On The Camel Toe". Konbini. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015.

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