Who Is Julia Pastrana? Movement Wants Her To Be Recognized As A Worthy Woman [VIDEO]

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Julia Pastrana is a Mexican who lived her entire life indiscriminately as the ugliest woman in the world. More than 150 years after her death, a group of historians wants her to be remembered as a worthy woman, an artist and not as a phenomenon. Photo: Youtube / Televisa

Julia Pastrana was an outstanding artist of the nineteenth century that lived her entire life indiscriminately as the ugliest woman in the world. Born in 1834 in Sinaloa, Mexico, Pastrana grew up with a genetic condition that made her face and body completely covered with straight black hair, while at the same time, she suffered from another rare disease that caused her lips and gums to grow excessively.

At the time, Pastrana was raised in the household of the governor of Sinaloa, when a customs official in Mazatlán -a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa- purchased Pastrana and brought her to the United States performing under the management of J.W. Beach -now JW Marriott,- and later with whom will be her husband and new manager, Theodore Lent.

Pastrana toured throughout the U.S. and Europe advertised as a hybrid between ape and a human, as a "Bear Woman," and also as "The ugliest woman in the world", "the monkey woman", "the bear woman" or "the wonderful hybrid, the product of sinful love between a man and an orangutan female."

According to Infobae, after more than 150 years after her death, different organizations seek, in her native Sinaloa, to be recognized as an artist. "It is fair to be recognized as a dignified representative of the feminine gender that suffered discrimination and not only be remembered as a phenomenon, as the ugliest woman in the world," said to Infobae Ricardo Mimiaga, historian who was one of the most active in making visible the existence of this Mexican.

The report also says that there are already two theater plays based on her life, as well as books, documentaries and a performance inspired by the life of Pastrana.

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.