World’s hairiest girl is a knock out!

Mail Online reports that 11-year-old Supatra Sasuphan from Thailand is now the world’s hairiest girl according to Guinnes World Records.  However her new-found fame is making the girl an unlikely knock-out with her school mates. It seems that for her and her new-found friends, being hairy is not as ‘hair raising’ as they had thought and she is now very popular.

Supatra suffers from hypertrichosis which is a damaged gene syndrome that causes hair to grow long not only on the head and in pubic areas but also the entire body. No cosmetic procedures, including permanent hair removal with lasers have been successful in divesting the teen of her unwanted curls. Her disease is very rare  – only 50 cases of genetical hypertrichosis have been recorded since the Middle Ages, and there is no cure as such, although some medicines that reduce the level of male hormones in blood are currently in test mode.

However, excessive hair has turned out to be not  that much of a problem for Supatra  as she is now a world-class celebrity and  as such is no longer shunned by her schoolfriends because of her condition. She says: I’m very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in’. She is now focusing on her love for maths and intends to become a teacher. Well, becoming  a world celebrity at the age of eleven for starters  is not a bad beginning  in ones’ teaching career, is it?

[International news contributor]

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