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From Katy Perry to Miley Cyrus, tons of celebrities have jumped onto the grill scene, and as with most trends many fashion enthusiasts have followed suit. Despite the attention in recent years however, much of the origin story behind grillz still finds itself shrouded in mystery – which is why National Geographic‘s recent coverage on the subject couldn’t have come at a better time.

Dubbed “The Secret History of Grillz,” the iconic reality channel gives us a peek into grillz as they relate to ancient Mayan skulls, connections to hip-hop, and more.

Check out the full video above and let us know your thoughts on the educational piece – for more on grillz, be sure to also read our piece on celebrity grill designer Dolly Cohen.

Words by Marcus Cho
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