While records related to the birth of Julia Pastrana are somewhat blurred, it is likely that she was born on the Sierra Madre’s Western slopes of Mexico. It is believed that she was born in the year 1834 (died: March 25, 1860). At that time, her physical characteristics of thick lips, wide ears and excessive hair growth caused great confusion: Some individuals theorized that she was the offspring of a human and an ape, a bear or a baboon, which led to her nicknames, ‘The Bear Woman,’ ‘The Baboon Lady’ and ‘The Ape Woman.’
While some individuals are born with unique characteristics and others use body modification procedures to create themselves a unique persona, the man with two faces, Sam Alexander, was born an average man whose unique characteristics were the result of a personal disaster.
Sam Alexander – An Ordinary Man Becomes, Extraordinary
Alexander had aspirations of becoming an actor, so in his 20’s he began to pursue a career in show business. He was promoted to Chicago’s Shubert Theatre and his career path began to take shape. While the details are somewhat vague, Sam ultimately sustained injuries due to an explosion. It is said the explosion occurred due to his own carelessness. Instinctively, Sam saved his eyes by covering the upper portion of his face with his arm; however, his lower face bore the brunt of the blast. Unfortunately, Sam’s horror story continued: The burns around his lips and lower face became infected. The infection was so severe that doctors had no choice but to remove the majority of his lower face. The removal of his lips and skin left him with a gruesome appearance, which included a horrifying teeth-gnashing grimace.
Conspiracy theorists believe that the videos, autopsy reports and photos of a tiny corpse provide definitive proof that the creature found by an elderly peasant woman was not of this world; whereas, skeptics contend that autopsy reports proving this tiny corpse was non-human were nothing more than rumors and that, in fact, these mummified remains were those of a prematurely born and severely deformed human female fetus.
Tamara Vasilievna Prosvirina
In the small Russian village of Kaolinovy where Tamara Vasilievna Prosvirina lived, the fact that she suffered with some form of psychiatric disease was no secret. Due to her condition, Tamara’s perception of the world was somewhat peculiar: For example, she visited her local cemetery nearly every day to gather the flowers from the graves. She took them home and then used them to decorate her home.
Valeria Lukyanova could pass for a living Barbie doll: When you think about Barbie, Ken follows closely behind. Barbie and Ken may be the very first love story (between dolls, that is). Although there are several men who have gone under the knife to resemble this iconic doll, the most recognized human Ken doll is probably Justin Jedlica.
The Nickname ‘Human Ken Doll’ – Compliments of 20/20
During an interview for OWN’s series, “Where Are They Now?” Jedlica opens up about how he came to be known as Ken. While Jedlica states that he never actually set out to look like Barbie’s Ken, in a 2012 interview, “20/20” referred to him as the ‘Human Ken Doll.’ Jedlica makes it clear that he is not complaining about his nickname because the Ken doll phenomenon has been very positive for him. Jedlica says that his resemblance to Ken has given him a new purpose and a new career. He states that he will be called the Human Ken Doll forever.
For the majority of little girls, Barbie represents the beauty and perfection they hope to attain as they reach adulthood. The First Edition Barbie appeared on the market in 1959: Barbie was available as a blonde or as a brunette and was touted as a Teen-Age Fashion Model. This First Edition doll sold for $3. With the perfect figure, flawless complexion, snub-shaped nose, high cheek bones, full lips, large almond-shaped eyes and long, flowing hair, its no wonder that little girls want to look just like her. In fact, there are numerous women around the world who are going under the knife in an attempt to attain perfection: Their idea of perfection? Barbie.