The World’s Hairiest Girl: Popularity at A Price
Posted on April 11, 2011
The Guinness Book of Records has dubbed an eleven-year-old girl from Thailand with the dubious honor of being the “World’s Hairiest Girl.”
Supatra Sasuphan has lived a life of isolation and torment at the hands of other children who called her ‘monkey face’ and ‘wolf girl’ and other terrible epithets. Now that has all changed and her new-found fame has made her very popular at school.
“I’m very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in. All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me,” said the joyful Supatra.
Supatra, who is known as Nat to her family and friends, has a very rare medical condition known as Ambras Syndrome. There have been, in fact, only of 50 documented cases since the Middle Ages.
The rare genetic condition, which is the result of a faulty chromosome, causes thick hair to grow all over her face, ears, arms and legs.
Many sufferers were branded as ‘werewolves’, and in the 19th century, a woman afflicted with this condition, Julia Pastrana, worked in Barnum’s side-show and was labeled a freak.
Is the modern world any kinder today to those of us who look different?