Morbid Anatomy reader Oliver Lux recently send me a photograph (see above, top) of the delightful bearded lady tattoo which graces his chest; The tattoo brought to mind one of one of my favorite models in the now-open-to-the-public Exquisite Bodies exhibition at the Wellcome (bottom image) which I include here for comparison's sake (bottom image).
I asked Oliver to write a bit about his lovely tattoo and the story behind it. In his own words:
The tattoo on Olivier Lux’s chest, living in Belgium and Morbid Anatomy’s great fan, was tattooed by One More Tattoo Studio in Luxemburg-City. It represents Annie Jones Elliot, a well known bearded lady who I chose because of her particular femininity. The « tattooed guy » also collects all manner of things relating to other bearded ladies, especially Clémentine Delait of France.Thanks so much, Oliver, for sending this photo and story along.
For reminder (thanks Wikipedia!), Annie Jones-Elliot (c. 1860 – 1902) was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. It is unconfirmed if this was a case of Hirsutism or an unrelated genetic condition that affects children of both sexes and continues into adult years.