Most girls wouldn't be honored to be the world's hairiest girl, but 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan isn't most girls.
She is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome to be documented since the Middle Ages.
It is caused by a faulty chromosome and had lead other sufferer's to be branded as "werewolves" before the disease was understood.
As expected for any child with a unique appearance, Supatra was teased in school and given names such as "Wolf Girl" or "Monkey Face", but after claiming a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records, that's all in the past.
Since being recognized as the "World's Hairiest Girl", Supatra has embraced her appearance and says she has become one of the most popular girls in school, as she explains:
"There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it any more."
Despite the occasional facial hair trimming so that she can see properly, she is just like any other little girl. She loves watching cartoons (Bugs Bunny preferrably), dancing, playing with friends, and has a keen interest in helping people, saying:
"I want to become a doctor so I can help patients when they get injured. I want to help people who get hurt and help cure people."
Despite the communities initial shock to Supatra's excess hair, her father says people have gradually accepted her for who she is. Her father says:
"She gets along with others really well and is very generous. She has a lot of friends. She is just the same as any other little girl her age."
Although not ashamed of her shocking appearance, there are complications that she hopes one day will go away, explaining:
"It does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long. I hope I will be cured one day."
We hope she is cured one day too! Until that day, we hope she continues to be proud of who she is.
It warms our heart that this little girl has enough courage to face the world and smile, despite her rare condition that often leaves others shunned.
[Image via Barcroft/Fame Pictures.]
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