Bizarre Body Modification

Bizarre Body Modification
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     challenging words:    afro, Cat-eye, devilish, dysmorphic, Katzen, leopard-skin, Lizardman, piercings, tattooed, tattooing, tattoos, pointed, latex, modification, flaws, makeup
     content words:    Michael Jackson, Tiger Lady, Tom Leppard

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Bizarre Body Modification
By Brenda B. Covert

1     We were all born with a head, a trunk, and some limbs all covered with skin. We come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. We can change our looks with clothes, makeup, jewelry, and hairstyling. However, some people want a more permanent change; they may have work done to modify their bodies. This is called body modification [MAHD-ih-fih-KAY-shun].
2     Most often, body modification is used to correct a perceived problem. A birth defect may be corrected. A person may have plastic surgery done to change the shape of her nose, for instance. An extreme example of this can be seen in the transformation of Michael Jackson. The singer once had brown skin, an afro, and a wide, flat nose. Now he has white skin, long, straight hair, and a pointed nose. His chin, jaw line, and cheeks have changed shape several times over the years. If you had not seen photos from his youth, you wouldn't know that he was born African-American!
3     There are two other types of body modification. One is piercings, which add extra holes to a body. The other is tattoos, which add permanent designs to skin. Both change the body with which you were born. Both will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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