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This woman belongs to the Sea Bajau (sea nomads) ethnic minority that live in the area between Borneo and the Philippines. Sea Bajau are stateless people and move around the islands making temporary settlements and building rickety houses.

Sea Bajau women and girls often wear this special make-up, made from ground rice. It protects their skin from sun and wind, but can also have some religious or social significance.

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