There are many different ways people can achieve fame, but there’s no set in a stone path into the spotlight.
The more traditional approaches to gaining worldwide recognition are usually through:
- Starring in TV or movies
- Notable achievements
- Viral content
However, some people have managed to reach a level of fame solely due to extremes and unusual qualities. Whether it’s through modification or natural abnormalities, the unusual qualities of these women have gained them worldwide attention.
Here are 8 women who became famous for their unusual qualities.
1. Julia Gnuse
She became known as “The Illustrated Lady” after she covered 97% of her body in tattoos in hopes to counteract porphyria, a condition where sunlight causes blistering to the skin. Gnuse gained attention worldwide for her body art and held the Guinness Record for being the most tattooed woman in the world.
2. Cathie Jung “Corset Queen,”
Known as the “Corset Queen,” Cathie Jung became such an enthusiast of the torso tightening garment that she earned herself the Guinness World Record title of smallest waist on a living person. Jung’s waist measures in at a mere 38.1 centimeters (15.0 inches).
3. Valeria Lukyanova
She became an Internet sensation for her unnatural resemblance to a real-life Barbie doll. The Moldovan-born Ukrainian model plays up her look by using makeup and contact lenses but states that her body is completely natural outside of a chest augmentation.
4. Erika Ervin
Transgender supermodel Erika Ervin, also known as Amazon Eve, has become a public figure for being what many deem as “the world’s tallest model.” Standing at a towering 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m), Ervin has landed magazine covers and a recurring character on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
5. Mikel Ruffinelli
Mikel Ruffinelli gained attention when she broke records for having the widest hips in the world with an abnormal circumference of 8 feet (2.4 m) despite her waist being only 3 feet 4 inches (102 cm).
6. Mayra Hills
Film star Mayra Hills claims the title for having the largest chest in the entire world, which she’s successfully made a career out of. Her chest was created by using 3 gallons of saline and each weighs a back-breaking 20lbs.
7. Jyoti Amge
23-year-old Jyoti Amge garnered attention for being the world’s smallest woman standing at only 2 ft 0.6 inches (62.8 centimeters). Amge has turned her size into a career, appearing in a documentary, an Indian television show, and a role on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
8. Svetlana Pankratova
While not the world’s tallest woman, Svetlana Pankratova became known for having the longest legs of any woman in the world. With legs stretching 132 centimeters long, Pankratova embraced her lengthy limbs by playing women’s basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University and breaking records in the process.