Waist beads have been apart of African culture since the 15th centuries. They are worn as a symbolic expression for: womanhood, femininity, fertility, spirituality, protection, seduction, sexuality, intimacy, status, wealth, celebration and more!

Traditionally, waist beads symbolise a rite of passage into womanhood. Many African women use the beads to represent a young woman's purity, nobility and righteousness.  Most waist beads are worn under clothing. However waist beads can be worn visibly for fashion or status!

Waist beads can increase your self confidence, self esteem, and the perception of your self worth. Waist beads can be used as a motivational tool for women. Some waist beads have healing qualities depending on the condition, infliction, or illness. What needs to be enhanced or altered can be included in the design.

Women can wear waist beads to enhance the sexual experiences between them and their romantic partner. Waist beads can be worn for seduction to possess intimate appeal and desire for a significant lover. The eroticy of the beads creates a pleasurable experience and excitement.

Women often associate waist beads as a tool for body shaping. The beads can be used for monitoring your weight, enhancing your curves, weight distribution and management. Waist beads assist with developing a curvy figure. Some African women wear waist beads to maintain their size and accentuate their curves

Waist beads can be used for weight control. The beads roll up the waist with weight increase, fall lower on your hips or off of your body with weight loss, or break off your body from weight gain.

This strand of jewelry is made for women of all body types, figures, shapes and sizes. The beads added in the design are placed with specific intention by the creator. The trend of waist beads has become modernized but the purpose of waist beads continues to promote confidence, prosperity, and personal development.

Waist beads thrive as a reflection and appreciation for  your God-given womanhood.

Our Story

 My Waist Beads was created by a West African woman named Malon Mahotiere. Malon Mahotiere was born in Conakry, Guinea. Her birth mother, Rahmatoullahy Barry Mahotiere was also born in Conakry, Guinea. Waist beads were placed on Malon Mahotiere’s body by her mother when she was a baby. Her mother passed away in an accident however Malon continued wearing waist beads as a baby, until they were removed. Malon was given waist beads by her mothers friend from Liberia when she turned 10 years old. She explained the purpose behind the beads and what they represent. She also expressed how Malon’s mother, Rahmatoullahy, loved waist beads and wore them as well. Malon was the proper age for young girls to learn about womanhood before reaching puberty. Malon started to wear beads again on her body at the age of 15. Malon believes her waist beads are a part of who she is. A new journey of life started for her after wearing waist beads. Each bead on her body has a specific purpose or represent a significant moment in her life. Malon believes her waist beads protect her from a lot of things in life and helped her heal from the grief of losing her mother. At 16, she decided to start creating waist beads of her own. Malon Mahotiere has been wearing and creating waist beads for over 10 years. Traditionally, the person who creates waist beads is seen as a spiritually enlightened individual. Malon Mahotiere believes the loss of her mother serves as a spiritual guide that led to creating this business. Her passion to promote this jewelry comes from the spiritual connection she has with her mother.