Why do Black People Have Big Lips? Everything You Need to Know!

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Why do Black People Have Big Lips?

Why do black people have big lips? Black people have big lips due to the climate conditions in Africa. During hot weather when black ancestors work the land, they need to breathe in enough air to cool their faces or bodies quicker. Thick or fuller lips help them to survive the weather conditions.

When you’re placed in an environment that’s completely different from the one you grew up in, chances are you’ll have a little difficulty adjusting. Whether it’s culture shock, the food, the people, or the language, you may struggle with it in some way.

In the tropics of Africa, the black ancestry was exposed to the full force of the hot sun and ferocious animals to hunt and compete.

Therefore, their skin became darker so that it would be more effective at protecting them from UV rays, a natural sunblock. Their hair grew less dense but tightly coiled for better ventilation against heat and to shield their skulls from the sun. Almost like a helmet.

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Through this process, they grew longer limbs to offer more surface area to evaporate, so that they could counter overheating. In addition, fat that was superfluous to the body was reduced. 

In addition to making them stronger, these conditions fitted them better for life in Savannah, making them more adapted to the conditions there. As a result, their lips become fuller to disperse body heat. This is why black people have full or big lips.

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Why do different ethnicities have different lips?

Despite the fact that most Russians, French-Canadians, and Swedes are white, they often have different ethnic looks. It’s impossible to find an identical set of traits among white or black people. Note that race is not a phenomenon but an idea based on physical appearance. 

A bigger or fuller lip would have been difficult to survive in ice-cold Europe. Depending on the environment in which they live, different ethnicities may have different-sized lips. In general, black people or people living in equatorial climates have fuller lips than white people living in northern climates.

Additionally, many animals in cold environments have short extremities to reduce heat loss and vice versa in warmer environments. Consequently, lips also shrink to adapt to colder climates along with the skin.

The history behind lip size

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Black people in Europe and America have had their natural African facial features altered by 20,000 years of the ice age. Squeezing the lips inwards would have to keep them warm. To keep the lungs from freezing, the nose took on a strange extended appearance. Temperatures were consistently below freezing.

Chapped lips are possible in certain places. If your lips were big, they may cause relatively large wounds that could become infected and kill you.

As a result, the cold environment is naturally selected for individuals with thinner lips or practically no lips, as they have a lower risk of serious lip injury during the cold, dark winters.

These cold low light places are also selected for lighter skin, which absorbs more vitamin D from the sun, and for lighter eyes, which see better in low-light settings. Strong sunlight is less likely to harm darker-colored eyes. It all comes down to survival in whatever circumstance you find yourself in.

Scientists believe that larger lips developed to remind males of an enhanced appearance of genitals, causing them to become arousal and enabling the larger-lipped female a better probability of reproduction, ensuring that her genes would be among those that survived in the community.

So, whatever a person thinks of a potential mate’s characteristics, a subconscious part of him or her may be reacting to a more powerful attraction.

Nature is abundant and tends to offer some aspects and characteristics in a casually generous manner, with some examples being excessive and others barely showing the characteristic.

This ensures that some of the instances will receive a medium, and maybe most attractive, version. However, within every group, there is almost certainly an example of the opposite sex who is obsessed with one of the extremes on offer.

This concept has a school of thought. Women use lipstick to remind themselves of the crimson genital region that some monkeys and apes have during oestrous, which indicates that they are sexually engaged owing to hormonal changes when they are fertile.

Most mammals appear “in season” and are reproductive at that time. Humans are unique in that we feel sexual desires at all stages of the reproductive cycle.

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Do all Europeans have small lips?

Thin lips are a genetic characteristic of Europeans that evolved during the Ice Age. It just evolved as a result of people’s daily habits and behavior in a cold climate.

When people clinched their teeth, it was natural for both lips to pull inward into the mouth. The colder it becomes, the harder your lips clamp. Because of the severely cold temperatures, early humans in Europe had to do this all the time.

This practice prevented lip development and fat accumulation in the lips. As a result, their lips grew thin and had little fatty tissue. It was inadvertently developed from their daily habits and behaviors in a chilly climate. This is how Europeans got their small lips. Thin lips became genetic among Europeans throughout time.

How do you protect your skin?

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People with light skin are most adapted for life at latitudes greater than 50 degrees, which excludes the continental United States, which is less than 50 degrees.

Also, if you have fair skin, you should avoid being in temperatures below 50 degrees. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should try to avoid the sun as much as possible. Too much sunlight produces too much vitamin D, which can lead to soft tissue calcification and a slew of other issues.

This is especially dangerous for those with fair skin as they move lower and lower in latitude, particularly in the southernmost portions of the United States.

People with dark complexions are most suited to most of the middle of the earth, up to 45 degrees. However, they may possibly do well at higher latitudes as well.

Lighter-skinned people from higher latitudes must be especially cautious about sun exposure and vitamin D over-absorption.

The sun/ultraviolet light also depletes folic acid levels in the body. Your dark skin protects you against folic acid deficiency. The darker the skin, the better the protection. 

Those with lighter skin are less protected and can suffer from folic acid depletion if exposed to too much sunshine. This can result in a slew of physical and mental issues because folic acid plays an important role.

Advantages of lip sizes

In any case, while having no lips is not advantageous from an aesthetic standpoint, it is ideal when living in a cold climate where people are prone to obtaining chapped lips, similar to how Arctic rabbits have very small ears. There is less surface area to be damaged by the cold.

And having wide lips is almost a prerequisite if you are a female and want to be a model or actor. Otherwise, huge lips are the default lips that humans all started off with, and they are the best until your group of people moves to an extremely cold place, in which case small lips are required to survive.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What race has the biggest lip?

Men of Chinese descent had the largest total lip volume. Regarding the upper lip (measured from the midline of the upper lip vermilion border) to lower lip height ratio, Chinese women were found to have a mean ratio of 1:1.25 when measured both by caliper and surface distance.

What nationality has thin lips?

Studies have also shown that Caucasian women are found to have thinner lips than Asians, with the smallest upper lip height and volume.

Why are big lips popular?

It is thought that females desire fuller lips because it signifies strong mating and maternal potential. Basically, the research indicates that we are more likely to be affectionate towards an adult with softer, childlike features such as jutting cheeks or plumper lips.

Do men like big lips?

Research shows men are drawn to a woman’s pout more than any other facial feature. If you want to get a man’s attention, don’t bother fluttering your eyelashes or flicking your hair. Just practice your pout. According to a study, a woman’s lips are the most attractive part of her body.

Why are full lips considered attractive?

Full lips have long been desired by women because they signify youth and femininity. Evolutionary psychology also suggests that women with a full pout are often associated with a strong mating potential.

Now, it’s your turn…

If you’re African and find yourself in America or Europe, you’ll struggle with everything therein, especially the weather. Likewise, Caucasians are careful to use sunscreen a lot when they find themselves in the hot tropics of Africa.

While the weather greatly influences how our noses or lips form, there are exceptions in every ethnic group.

The good news is now that we don’t have to live outside like our ancestors, we don’t have to be as protected from the sun and we don’t have to be as protected from the cold. Thus, unless you desire to be a model or actress, it doesn’t really matter so much what your features are or your lip size.

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8 thoughts on “Why do Black People Have Big Lips? Everything You Need to Know!”

    • Thanks for your contribution, Billy.
      We’re sharing ideas and opinions,
      Have any to share?
      Interesting question that needs more deliberation.
      Let’s hear more from you.

    • The very idea, as stated above, that negroes have thicker lips than caucasions, is so that they can breathe in more AIR is very preposterous !! If your lips are thick or fat, it stands to reason that would BLOCK a mouth trying for air, more than thin lips. Think about it. You should be able to come up with a better reason or excuse than that !!!!!!!

      • Very well
        Thanks for your comments.
        Not to be rude but seeking more information.
        If you have a better reason or excuse than that, please share.
        An article or a similar piece from you will be published.


  1. i find this funny im a thin lipped white man living is australia and love thin lipped women, i love being out in the sun and dont get sunburned or use sunscreen, im a freak of nature

    • Awesome, Neville.
      Life is full of choices.
      If its not broken, why fix it.
      Keep on winning and do what makes you happy.
      Thanks for your contribution.
      Cheers mate.

  2. Caucasian is literally not a nationality? You can’t compare a Greek caucasian to a Norwegian caucasian what a racist, bullshit article lmfao.

    • Thank you Amy for your comment.
      Yes, you may be right.
      We are also learning from you.
      share your ideas and thoughts.
      Maybe a rebuttal or an article to buttress your point.
      And that will be published here if you wish so.
      No need for name calling, insinuations and insults.
      We are for facts, respect and empathy.
      Not too late, come again!
      You can do better, Sore Amy.



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