The Make-Up of Sand

Sandy models Maldives intro

The sapphire blue lagoons aren’t only things in the Maldives with sandy bottoms. And appropriately, as much of the Maldives legendary brilliant white sand comes from the bottom. And I’m not talking about the ocean.

The original earth-makers were the same critters we enjoy watching while snorkelling on the Maldives reefs. It turns out that the lovely white sand Maldives guests lounge around on has likely passed through the lower intestine of a reef fish. The video directly below is not in the Maldives itself but features the same pervasive coral crunching pervasive by fish like the Titan Triggerfish and Maldives’ own parrotfish species (and does feature the legendary commentary of David Attenborough). In fact, when you snorkel you will almost always hear a crackling background noise which is the sound of these guys gnawing away at the coral.

Despite its digestive origins, this exotic excrement remains one of the most popular cosmetics in the tropical fashion parade. Some cake it on liberally and others apply just a dab.  And coincidentally, the most popular place to apply this epidermal enhancement is the same place where the sand came from to begin with…


Here are some of the top Maldives Complete pix where you never thought a some creatures excreta would be so appealing…

1. Ignatova Lesya (Russia) – The Residence…and friends
The Residence - Ignatova Lesya
2. Nikki Phillips (New Zealand) – Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island - Nikki Phillips
3. Dasha Kornakova (Russia) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Dasha Kornakova
4. Christine Teigen (USA) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Christine Teigen
5. Laura Luglio (Italy) – Royal Island
Royal Island - Laura Luglio
6. Dasha Kononovich (Russia) – Ayada
Ayada - Dasha Kononovich
7. Bianca Koyabe (South Africa) – Paradise Island
Paradise Island - Bianca Koyabe
8. Belinda Morgan (Australia) – Club Med Kani
Club Med Kani - Belinda Morga
9. Chiara Ferragni (Italy) – Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi - Chiara Ferragni
10. Ksenia Tsaritsina (Russia) – Conrad Rangali
Conrad Rangali - Ksenia Tsaritsina
11. Pamela Reif (Germany) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Pamela Reif
12. Lilya Shanel (Russia) – Angaga
Angaga - Lilya Shanel
13. Steph Claire Smith (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Steph Claire Smith
14. Rocky Barnes (USA) – Palm Beach
Palm Beach - Rocky Barnes
15. Maggi Apa Bhavilai (Thailand) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
Club Med Finolhu Villas - Maggi Apa Bhavilai


16. Michea Crawford (Canada) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Michea Crawford
17. Ksenija Bozinova (Ukraine) – Sun Island
Sun Island - Ksenija Bozinova (
18. Julia Kavalerova (Russia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Julia Kavalerova (Russia) –
19. Dorota Gol (Poland) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Dorota Gol
20. Anastasia Volochkova (Russia) – Velassaru
Velassaru - Anastasia Volochkova
21. Elena Rysina (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
Sun Siyam Irufushi - Elena Rysina
22. Melanie Kyle Oldenburg (Australia) – Olhuveli
Olhuveli - Melanie Kyle Oldenburg
23. Dasha Kornakova (Russia) – LUX Maldives
LUX Maldives - Dasha Kornakova sand
24. Gabby Epstein (Australia) – Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili - Gabby Epstein
25. Natali Levsha (Russia) – Bandos
Bandos - Natali Levsha
26. Ann-Katrin Vida (Germany) – Atmosphere Kanifushi
Atmosphere Kanifushi - Ann-Katrin Vida
27. Bar Refaeli (Israel) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Bar Refaeli
28. Karina Irby (Australia) – Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Hudhuranfushi - Karina Irby
29. Tyra Banks (USA) – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - Tyra Banks
30. Nataly Osmann (Russia) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa - Nataly Osmann

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