Mary Ann Bevan, a lovely English woman, was compelled to work in early 20th-century sideshows and circuses when she was diagnosed with acromegaly.
Mary Ann Bevan, often called the “Ugliest Woman in the World,” often performed in carnivals and other such events to make ends meet and provide for her family.
Mary Ann Bevan didn’t always have a reputation for being “ugly.”
She was born on the suburbs of London in the late 19th century, and at the time, she looked and was treated like any other young woman.
After reaching adulthood and having multiple children, everything changed when she was diagnosed with a rare disfiguring condition.
After only a few short years, Bevan’s face, hands, and feet were deformed beyond recognition, leaving her with no choice but to rely on her appearance to make ends meet.
Mary Ann Bevan, one of the most tragic figures of the once-thriving sideshow business, tells her story of how she became the Ugliest Woman in the World.