Portrayed on left and right: Brothers Julius (30) and Marcel (29) H., chemical engineers
In the middle, Steven W. (32), circus owner
Hypertrichosis (aka Ambras syndome, aka Werewolf syndrome) is a recognized medical condition in which a subject is born with, or grows up to be covered in hair in unusual areas of the body, such as the face. People who have it - often called the wolf people - live a life of stigma, but they are as normal as you and us. They are typical citizens who takes their dogs out for a walk every morning, who visits their grandmothers, who dates, loves, fight, breakup and eat an entire napolitain ice cream gallon (leaving only the strawberry part in the box, much to the despair of the next person in the house who will be craving it), who gets back in shape, then start dating again and marries the next year the new person they fall for, who celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, who shaves (probably a couple of hundred times more than you do), who visit Facebook at least 15 times a day, who watches infocommercials, who goes to school, work and church, who wonder about the meaning of life, and fall asleep every night, wondering if there is life on other planets just like we do.
It's very important to know that not everyone who lives with werewolf syndrome is ashamed of their condition. In fact, some of them takes pride into their unusual appearance and embrace it to make it their lifestyle. Here is what our pal Steven W., 32 and living with this condition since birth had to say to us:
"We live in a time where body modification is at it's peak. Weirdness is glorified and people would do anything to look different. For Christ sake! Have you ever heard of Bagel heads? I'm not passing judgment, but I would never do that to my forehead, I'm more of a purist, you know. If I were to modify my body, I would pierce my eyebrow and that's all ! Us wolf people are proud of our history, our past in circuses and our courageous ancestors. We would also like to thank Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr., for portraying us brilliantly in the 2006 movie Fur. I felt glamourous while watching it, and it made me confident that someday a woman like Nicole Kidman would fall for me. Robert, if you are reading this, thanks from the bottom of my heart, man!"
...And thanks to you, Steven, for delivering us this inspiring speech.
Left: Justin K., 17, president of his High School Yearbook Committee
Right: Nathan B., 28, famous author of "You are the hero" books.
PS: We'd also like to thank our personal artist for taking the time to sketch all of our friends living with Hypertrichosis and by doing so, making them feel like comic book heroes.