Carnivals and circuses have always attracted spectators to witness the spectacular, unusual, and intriguing. These events would expose people with genetic abnormalities, displaying a phenotype that could easily entice a crowd. The most famous, Fedor Jefitchew, also known as “Jojo the Dog-Faced Boy,” was exhibited in the late 1800s. Most recently in 2011, 11-year-old Supatra Sasuphan from Thailand was named the “World’s Hairiest Girl” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Both of these alluring humans suffered from a rare dermatologic condition known as generalized hypertrichosis.1 Hypertrichosis isa disturbance in villous hair development. Villous hair is often shorter, lightly pigmented, and medullated, and is uniformly distributed over the forehead, eyelids, nose, cheeks, and preauricular regions.
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