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  • Album covers from female artists are edited in some Middle Eastern countries to adhere to national and religious standards of modesty.
  • Artists like Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, and Madonna have had their clothing and poses altered on their album covers.

Pop music artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Madonna are recognizable names and faces around the world, known for their powerhouse vocals, daring fashion choices, and ability to put on amazing shows. In some countries, though, their images are altered to conform to standards of modesty.

Saudi Arabia, for example, is a Muslim-majority country that enforces a dress code for women that includes long coats called abayas, as well as headscarves. Many female pop artists’ album covers feature them in revealing clothing, so the images are censored by members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police known as the “mutawa.”

Some of the images are seamlessly cropped to hide an exposed midriff. Others are so heavily altered that the changes render the singer almost comically unrecognizable.

Here are 9 images collected from Reddit, message boards, and international music seller Discogs that show how Middle Eastern countries censor album covers.

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