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Julia Pastrana: A “Monster to the Whole World”

- November 26, 2014 in bearded lady, Culture & History, freakshow, julie pastrana, lewis b. lent, Science & Medicine, sideshow, theodore lent

Julia Pastrana, a woman from Mexico born with hypertrichosis, became one of the most famous human curiosities of the 19th century, exhibited as a "bearded lady" while both alive and dead. Bess Lovejoy explores her story and how it was only in 2013, 153 years after her passing, that she was finally laid to rest.