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The sad story of Annie Jones, the bearded woman of PT Barnum

How Annie Jones became famous as PT Barnum’s “bearded lady” and yet died as a “monstrous phenomenon” of the circus in the eyes of the company that gnawed at her.

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Bearded women have been a favorite subject since time immemorial, and were often at the top of the list of “circus freaks”. Although Annie Jones became famous because of this, it didn’t stop her life from being marked by tragedy.

 

Annie Jones becomes the bearded lady

Annie Jones was born in Virginia in 1865 and would have come out of her mother’s womb when her chin was already covered with hair.

 

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French poster announcing Annie Jones, “La barbe”. Around 1880-1890.

 

Her parents’ initial shock of having a young girl with the hair of an adult man quickly faded after they realized they had been presented with a unique opportunity to earn money. Jones wasn’t even a year old when her parents first pushed her into the PT Barnum show in New York City. The little girl’s name was The Infant Esau, a reference to Jacob’s famous hairy brother in the Old Testament.

In addition, Jones has been described as “the most wonderful specimen of shaggy development known since the time of Esau” and thus began his career in the entertainment business before he could even walk. She was such a popular attraction that Barnum offered her mother a three-year contract at a rate of $150.

But Jones would serve as a secondary attraction for much longer than the duration of that initial contract. Over time, “Little Esau” became the “Lady Esau” and eventually the “Bearded Lady”.

Along the way, Jones seduced the audience by playing her feminine aspects such as her hair, dressing in fashionable women’s clothing and learning to play the mandolin. The contrast worked and Annie Jones proved to be one of Barnum’s most memorable acts.

The woman behind the “monster

It is still not known exactly what caused Annie Jones’ illness. Although it is probably hirsutism, a disease that causes “coarse hair in women in a similar distribution to men” and is believed to affect about 5-10% of women.

 

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Indeed, although Jones may have been the most famous bearded lady of the time. Due to the fact that she was part of Barnum’s very famous show. She was certainly not the only one. Julia Pastrana, born in 1834, was a Mexican woman whose body was almost entirely covered with thick black hair. Considered “the monkey woman”, Pastrana was another minor celebrity of the Victorian era who travelled throughout Europe during her life. But also as a mummified specimen after her death in 1860.

Like Pastrana, Annie Jones had a short life, one that hardly allowed her to flourish outside the tent.

In 1880 Jones married a man named Richard Elliot, a “barker”. The man who shouted at passers-by to lure them to see the attractions. As an adult, she concealed her age and her parents disapproved of the marriage.

Nevertheless, the marriage lasted 15 years, until the two divorced in 1895. Soon after, Jones married William Donovan. The two lovers decided to travel as a duo for a while. They toured Europe together before the unexpected death of her husband four years later. Rather than continue alone, Jones chose to return to the only home she had ever truly known… And joined PT Barnum’s “greatest show on earth”.

Although Jones owed all of her fame and fortune to being presented as a “Barnum Monster”… It was at this point in her career that she campaigned against the use of the word to describe performing artists. However, at the age of 37, she died of tuberculosis after visiting her mother, having “known no other life than that of a monster”.

Since then, there have been other famous bearded women. Her case is not unique!

 

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Coifffeurs Justes: what if your hair was used to clean up?

Who would have thought that your hair could help protect your environment?! Wouldn’t you?! Neither would we. Yet it’s an idea that was born in the head of this hairdresser from the Var region of France in 2015. And the association Coiffeurs Justes was born.  

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Your hair can have a second life once cut. And not just to make sweaters or hats. No, much better. In 2015, a hairdresser from the Var region of France created an association that collects hair cut in salons. One objective: to make the most of them. How to make the most of it? By integrating them into the manufacture of absorbent filters for the oceans or insulation in buildings.

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10 Things Only Hairy Women Know

Being hairy, hairy, some women claim it loud and clear. Whether it is for feminism or simply freedom of choice for her body, the fashion for hair is in vogue. Here are 10 things that only hairy women know.

10 Things Only Hairy Women Know

Do hairy women make you fantasize? Do they boost your libido? In any case, for those who assert themselves with confidence and pride, it is certainly part of their charm. So, being hairy, it’s assumed. Especially since there are bound to be a few little things that go along with this trend that only they can understand. Here are 10 things that only hairy women know.

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7 incredible women with beards better than most men!

Women can grow a beard too! Does that sound weird? Yes, it does. Some women have more beards than others. Although beards are considered sexy for men, it’s exactly the opposite for women. Let’s focus on those women with beards who take charge.

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A woman with a beard faces immense intimidation because of this anomaly. Despite all these obstacles, some girls have the courage to wear a beard. Find out why…

 

Why do some women grow beards?

Good! First and foremost, it’s totally a biological problem. Facial hair growth in women has several causes, of which the following are the most common and can be diagnosed. Why does one become a bearded woman then?

  • Hirsutism: Hirsutism is essentially a genetic disorder. Hair grows because of androgenesis.
  • PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome. This is another cause that intrigues the excessive growth of facial hair in women.
  • Hormonal imbalance: Adrenal hyperplasia, pituitary tumors, liver disease, high levels of androgens, etc. are somehow related to the body’s hormonal organs. And, they could cause facial hair growth in women.

 

Girls who rule with beards

It takes a lot of determination and stamina to grow a beard like a man when you’re a woman. Some women have managed to overcome all the difficulties of society and their environment. We have made a list of those well-known and courageous bearded women who have stood up against the “classical” current and tried to send a message to society.

 

1 – Little Bear Schwarz

Little Bear Schwarz is a victim of a hormonal disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, which refers to a type of hormonal imbalance. She first understood it at the age of 14. As a teenager, it was obviously difficult to undergo such abnormalities. Then she realized that hair was just a natural phenomenon and decided not to hide it.

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2 – Rose Geil

Rose Geil experienced excessive hair growth in her early teens. She shaved every day at the age of 13. She also tried laser treatment but never found a permanent solution. Tired, she grew a beard. More importantly, she is happy about it.

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3 – Kore Bobisuthi

Another bearded woman who shifts the female vision like a leader. The beard has never been a problem for this woman because she wears it while raising her children. If you want a lady with an inspiring beard and an ever-present mother, this is Kore Bobisuthi.

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4 – Jennifer Miller

Jennifer is a circus artist from America. She is also a teacher at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The woman bearded never had any problems with her beard, so she kept it. She is a talented circus artist and has gained fame for both her performance and her beard.

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5 – Harnaam Kaur

Harnaam Kaur is a British model who is also an activist who fights against body shaming. She was a victim of serious intimidation early in her life. But she overcame all obstacles and became an inspirational figure around the world.

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6 – Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst became a woman in Neuwirth. Although she became a successful transgender woman, she has not lost the ability to grow facial hair. As a result, she is now a bearded woman.

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7 – Annalisa Hackleman

She is also a victim of PCOC. Polycystic ovary syndrome causes facial hair to grow on a woman’s face like a man. She had laser treatment, but it didn’t work. Then she started to accept reality. Since then, she has been wearing a beard and is proud to be a bearded woman.

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The beard is a natural phenomenon. Sometimes beards are unexpected, especially in women. But there’s nothing we can do about it except to admit the laws of nature. If you have a beard, keep it. And at least it may not age you like some hairdressing mistakes that make you 10 years older! And if you like hairy women or women with beards, tell us about it!

 

The role of the beard in seduction

What if the beard is your seduction trump card? The beard trend has been established for several years now. Initially, the 3-day beard gave a slightly more “raw” look and was very popular (while allowing the man not to have to shave every day), then it is the long and well trimmed beard that took over with the fashion of hipsters in particular.

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The movement is not about to run out of steam, if you can believe the number of barbers who have been opening their shops everywhere lately. It seems that this trend is very popular with women (maybe that’s what makes it so successful). But why do women like naked men so much?

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Hair records of all kinds

Hair and hair fascinates people all over the world. No wonder the Guinness Book has the craziest records in the hair business. Take a guided tour through the world of hair records.

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Will you be as fascinated as we are by all these hairs? Will it give you ideas? Let’s plunge into the strange world of the Guinness Book and the records that sometimes make our arms bristling with hair!

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Harnaam Kaur, England’s most publicized bearded woman

“I WANT TO BE A POSITIVE INSPIRATION” Who is Harnaam Kaur, aka “the bearded woman” and how did the polycystic ovaries make her grow facial hair?

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Harnaam Kaur, a former teaching assistant, suffers from polycystic ovaries, which have caused her hair to grow. Qand Harnaam Kaur began to notice hair growth on her face, chest and arms, and was trapped in a constant cycle of shaving and bleaching.

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What are our hairs used for?

That’s a big question. Body hairs can be a real pain in the ass, whether you’re a man or a woman. We spend all our time removing it because society pushes us to have smooth skin. But is it really good? What’s the point of having body hairs?

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Our hairs usually come out in our teens. More or less thick, more or less pigmented, they are there, they can be seen. However, we generally want to get rid of them. But what is the purpose of our hair? Do they have a use or are they a simple residue of the fur of our ancestors?

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