You’ve probably heard of Mary Ann Webster, the woman who became known as the “ugliest woman in history.”
However, her appearance is the result of a disease that drastically changed her destiny.
Despite being ridiculed for most of her life, she was a very strong and fearless woman.
Mary Ann was born in London in 1874 and grew up in a large and poor family. She worked as a nurse since she was a child.
The girl met Thomas Bevan when she was 29 years old, and they got married shortly after. The couple had four children.
However, the woman’s health began to deteriorate when she was 32 years old.
Her joints started to hurt, she had migraines, and getting out of bed sometimes became difficult.
Doctors had no idea what was wrong with her, and she couldn’t lie down because she needed to work.
Her facial features distorted and elongated over time, while her limbs became thicker and rougher.
Mary Ann, once a graceful and delightful young woman, lost her femininity.
During that difficult period, Mary’s husband supported and adored her.
But fate had other plans for her: Thomas died, leaving the widow to raise four children alone.
And she already had a terrible appearance; passersby stared at her, and every walk down the street was challenging for Ann.
She was content with any job as long as it paid well.
She happened to notice an advertisement for a contest to find the ugliest woman, with a large cash prize.
Ann decided to participate in the contest for the benefit of the children, despite the fact that she would become a laughingstock to everyone around her.