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Society in general places a very high value on beauty and a high tax on ugliness. People who are considered good looking and pretty are treated better and afforded more privileges than their less-than-desirable counterparts; the latter are bullied and subjected to all kinds of discriminatory actions. Like it or not, everyone is beautiful in their own way and according to their own standards. However, here is a list of 10 folks who have been labeled as the ugliest people in the world.
10 Ugliest People In The World
1. TOMMY MATTINSON
There are some people whose physical ugliness defy explanation and makes you wonder if you are only imagining things. Tommy Mattinson is one of them. Not only is he simply ugly beyond a doubt, he actually accentuates his ugliness by wearing his face in a perpetual scowl. His distorted facial symmetry and expression have helped him become something of a legend in gurning, a weird competition that originated from Britain. Participants have to stick their heads through a horse collar and then distort their countenance to look savage, animal-like, and just plain fu**ed up.
Mattinson has won the World Gurning Championships 15 times, making him the male with the most world titles since the beginning of the sport. Mattinson actually fought and struggled for years to be given the recognition he deserves until the Guinness World Records named him the ugliest man in the world. He also belongs to the Ugly Models Agency, a modeling firm that only represents people with bizarre and peculiar appearances.
2. LIZZIE VELASQUEZ
If you’re one of those people who spend time digging through endless videos on YouTube, you might have come across one entitled “World’s Ugliest Woman”. Lizzie Velasquez is the unwilling and non-consenting star of that clip. The video was taken without her permission and posted on the platform by someone who thought it was a good idea to bully people for their looks.
Lizzie was born in Texas, and she suffered from a rare congenital disease that is responsible for her unattractive physical appearance. Her condition hinders her from storing body fat, amongst other symptoms. Lizzie also has Marfan syndrome, which has led to her bones and limbs being abnormally long. For nearly all her life, she has faced bullying because of her disease, but after the YouTube incident, Lizzie decided to start standing up for herself and others. Today, she is a motivational speaker who fights against bullying, as well as the author of four books.
3. MICHAEL BERRYMAN
Michael Berryman is one of the ugliest people in the world and because of that, he became very famous. Rather than hiding away from the judgmental eyes of the public, he decided to put himself out there for everyone to see. Michael became an actor, specializing in the horror movies where his looks fit right in. He is known for his ability to play spooky characters that send chills racing up and down your spine. His role as Pluto in the cult classic The Hills Have Eyes is one of Michael’s most iconic characters to date. Whether he’s portraying a monster, a mutant biker, or a terribly evil undertaker, Michael’s performances are capable of making your blood run cold.
His unflattering physical appearance is the result of Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare condition that prevents sweat glands, hair, teeth, and fingernails from developing.
4. ANNE WOODS
This Egremont native is beloved and widely known in her community for her eccentric looks and her passion for gurning. Anne Woods has won the women’s World Gurning Championships 28 times, making her the woman and person with the most world titles in the sport. Her record is unbeatable and destined to last for a long time before someone else comes close to beating her. Right from when she was a child, it was clear to everyone that Anne wouldn’t be winning any beauty pageants. In fact, it was her family that entered her into her first gurning competition as a joke, but she ended up winning and fell in love with the sport.
Since she first competed in 1977, Anne has only missed one gurning championship; she returned year after year to participate even when it impacted her health negatively. Instead of wallowing in her unpleasant looks, Anne chose to wear her ugliness with pride and control how people reacted to it. She claimed the Guinness World Records for the ugliest woman in the world with pride and carried it as a badge of honor. Although Anne died on March 29, 2015, she will always be lovingly remembered as one of the ugliest people in the world.
5. IGGY POP
Rock and roll wouldn’t be what it is today without the influence of artists like Iggy Pop. In fact, it would be fair to say that the man helped popularize punk. However, the fact that he is one of the greatest musicians to ever walk this earth doesn’t preclude from the fact that Iggy Pop is jaw-droppingly ugly. The man looks like something out of a horror movie, but he has always been proud of his looks, and we can’t help but love him for it. His skin is taut and marked with scars and scabs, many of which he inflicted on himself.
Iggy is known for being a crazy dude as he always pulled all kinds of creepy stunts during his performances. While playing for the crowd as the frontman of the legendary music band Stooges, he would pull absurd theatrics like smearing his body with raw meat and literally cutting himself with broken glass.
6. JOCELYN WILDENSTEIN
Plastic surgery is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. It has helped save countless lives and has given people the gift of getting the body and looks of their dreams. Despite the immense benefits of using plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes or for beautifying oneself, it helps to not go overboard with it. Jocelyn Wilderstein serves as a cautionary tale of the dangers of too much plastic surgery.
The wealthy socialite is addicted to going under the knife. She is reported to have spent upwards of $4 million dollars on various cosmetic procedures. It’s quite sad and ironic to see that she has pumped out all that cash to improve her looks only to end up with a botched face and a spot on the list of ugliest people in the world. Joselyn is married to the billionaire art dealer Alec Wildenstein, and they seem to have a healthy marriage that goes beyond just physical appearances and money. The media often mockingly refers to Joselyn as “The Bride of Wildenstein” because of her peculiar appearance.
7. SHANE MACGOWAN
Next on our list of ugliest people in the world is Shane MacGowan, the founder and frontman of the iconic Celtic band, The Pogues. He is considered one of the finest musicians the entertainment industry has ever seen. Shane gained international recognition for his songwriting skills and vocal dexterity. His songs were basically poetry with audible rhythm attached to it. He could make you feel a wide range of emotions including ones you never even thought you had. As long as he’s singing, you’ll fail to notice his conventionally ugly features because Shane made everything seem beautiful.
However, if you take a really good and close look at him, his unsightly appearance becomes remarkable. Shane had terrible dentition and his teeth kept falling out all on their own. He lost the last of his natural teeth in 2008 and had to undergo a nine-hour surgery to get a complete replacement set installed. Shane is also married to his longtime girlfriend, the stunningly beautiful author and journalist Victoria Mary Clarke, proving that what matters at the end of the day is who you are and not how you look.
8. DONATELLA VERSACE
In most cases, people can’t help how they look because they were born a certain away. However, this does not apply to Donatella Versace, because she is responsible for her peculiar appearance today. While she wasn’t born ugly, very few people can remember what she used to look like as she has been messing with cosmetic surgery for the longest time. The sister of Gianni Versace, the legendary fashion designer, Donatella went under the knife one too many times and ended up as the poster face for plastic surgery gone wrong.
9. CLINT HOWARD
This Hollywood actor is a testament that you can make it in whatever profession you choose irrespective of your physical appearance. For a guy that is considered one of the ugliest people in the world, Clint Howard has established himself in a world that prides itself on looks and glamour. Since he first entered the film industry, he has starred in several blockbusters and critically acclaimed movies such as Apollo 13, Parenthood, Austin Powers, Cocoon, That Thing You Do, and EdTV.
10. MARILYN MANSON
If there is anyone on this list of ugliest people in the world who goes out of their way to be seen as ugly, that person would be Marilyn Manson. As far as the rock star is concerned, ugly is forever cool and he wears that badge proudly. He always shows up in public and for performances wearing heavy layers of weird makeup and freakish costumes. Manson is perpetually dressed up for Halloween regardless of what time of year it is. He is one of the creepiest artists in the music industry and his entire persona is curated to scare the living shit out of you.