In African culture, waist beads, a type of body jewelry, are given to girls when they are children to measure growth. There is also a belief that waist beads help to shape the figure! Adult women wear it under their clothing to be shown only to their significant other or they wear it just to feel sexy! Women sometimes use it to gauge weight gain or weight loss (the waist beads will start to feel more snug with weight gain, or looser with weight loss). Waist beads represent an old tradition that symbolizes beauty, growth, spirituality, sensuality and healing among various qualities. Today, women from many diverse cultures wear them for these same reasons. It has even become. Waist beads are worn by females of all cultures, ages and sizes from children to grandmothers. You do not have to have a flat stomach to wear waist beads! You can wear one strand or several strands. Women wear them to feel sexy, beautiful and confident. It's jewellery for the body!