Mean kids at school have nicknamed her “monkey face” and “wolf girl”. Others call her “Team Jacob”. But to beautiful Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan, these hurtful words only inspire her. The courageous 11-year-old child stands boldly against these merciless teasings and is proud of being the Guiness Book of World Record’s Hairiest girl.
Supatra says that being the world’s hairiest girl has made her quite popular at school. And while the girl faces consistent taunts from her relentless classmates, she goes day by day through her life in Bangkok.
‘I’m very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in,’ Supatra said. ‘All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me.’
Supatra is one of only 50 people who has Ambas syndrome, which makes her grow all over her face. In the Middle Ages, people with this syndrome were branded as “werewolves” and were often taunted by Godless, atheist crowds, hateful pitchforks in hand.
But as this precious child knows firsthand, every person on Earth is fearfully and wonderfully made. Each life is created precious and can go on to great things. People who suffer from Ambras syndrome are marked by thick hair growing over her face, back, arms, legs and ears.
And while many shunned Supatra and have ignorantly called her mean things, there are those who stand with her as friends and as we bring more education on illnesses and diseases such as hers, people can understand the wonderful works of genetics and how it makes every person unique. Even in Bangkok, education and attention has caused many to understand Supatra in a new way and stand with her as best friends.
Cute as a button, a precious child enjoys her lunch at school.
After being featured by Guiness and gaining publicity, Supatra has found herself growing more popular. She reports that children are impressed by her media coverage and local celebrity, though many remain ignorant on the disease. Local tribal doctors even apparently attempted laser removal of Supatra’s hair, not realizing that the chromosal mechanism behind this condition would yield such typical efforts fruitless in phenotypic desire. It is condition deep rooted in a biochemical pathway affecting genotypic cascades.
What many do not realize, is that this is normal life for Supatra. Trying to shave the hair off this child’s face would be like someone trying to scrape your face off. It just does not make sense that the Western modeling culture’s need to be so superficial has invaded even the tiny village of Bangkok.
Just like any other normal 11-year-old girl child, Supatra enjoys time with family. She enjoys fishing and she enjoys reading. She likes to sit down in front of the tv and watch neat family television programs with her father and siblings.
It is good that this child has a loving family and good friends to support her, because the world can be a cruel place. Even when simply walking down the street, Supatra must endure the cold, gazing stares of strangers who cannot appreicate diversity.
And despite liking to watch “Bugs Bunny” on tv and eating a bowl of cereal, people will never fully see Supatra as being a precious girl or young woman. Some will not make it down to the sweet, bubbly personality that lies within, because they can only focus on the outside, not the rich spirit this girl truly contains.
Within this girl, is the brain of genius. The spirit of servitude and a heart of gold. When asked what she likes to do and wants to do in her future, Supatra said:
‘I like to study maths so I can be good at it and teach it to younger children so they can do it too.”
‘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.’
Within the heart of this child, is a message that should grow on us all. Hope and love, adn appreciating your life for what it is.