They Called Her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman’ — And What She Went Through Is Fascinating
Recently, a doctor was browsing through greeting cards when he found something that left him horrified and completely lost for words. The card made a joke about a dating game contestant who regretted his choice of an “ugly” woman, and the card featured a real woman’s picture.
Mary Ann Bevan was born in London in 1874. As a young adult, she worked as a nurse, and at 29, she married Thomas Bevan with whom she had four children.
She suffered from acromegaly, which meant her body produced excess growth hormones.
At first it was only noticeable in her extremities, which grew to disproportionate sizes, but eventually her body was affected, and she suffered from splitting migraines and muscle pain.
Despite her physical ailments, she was a single mother and worked hard to support her family, eventually choosing to sacrifice her dignity for the children’s sake. She entered a “homeliest woman,” contest for the prize money and won. From then on, she was known as the “World’s Ugliest Woman.”
Mary entered a “homeliest woman,” contest for the prize money and won. From then on, she was known as the “World’s Ugliest Woman.”
After this, she started a career as a circus attraction, and toured the United Kingdom before eventually moving to the United States. In America, she worked for the Coney Island Dreamland Sideshow, a job which she held until her death in 1933.
As her fame grew and people found out about her story, she has since become an inspirational figure for people suffering from acromegaly, for whom life is often still quite difficult.
As modern medicine allows us to understand and treat such diseases, we must make an effort to treat their sufferers better than Mary Ann ever was, we should support them rather than mock them.
We should totally shame on the greeting card company for laughing at Mary’s expense, don’t you think!
This article was originally published by Aunty Acid