To be the ugliest person in the world is not a title that most people would consciously pray for, but, in reality, someone holds that title. Being ugly means having an unpleasant appearance and the people who make up the list of the ugliest persons in the world fit this description. As weird as it might seem, some are proud to be part of the ugliest people in the world.
As much as it is fun to know who the most handsome and most beautiful people in the world are, it also pays to know who the ugliest person in the world is. So, let’s dive in and learn about the ugliest people.
Top 10 ugliest persons in the world
In various countries, some people hold the title of the ugliest person in the world. Countries like Zimbabwe hold contests to celebrate the beauty in ugliness and people queue to join the contest. In reality, beauty lies on the inside, not on the outside, but societal norms say something different. Today, most people look for a pleasant outward appearance before they can treat you nicely or act nice to you.
Some of the people on this list were not born ugly, some became ugly due to certain sicknesses or health conditions. It is important to understand that ugliness is subjective because what is ugly to one might not be ugly to another. Since no one person has seen all the faces of the over eight billion people in the world, this list is subject to change.
So here are the top 10 ugliest persons in the world, as compiled from various media sources:
Godfrey Baguma sits at the number one spot of the ugliest person in the world, according to various anecdotal accounts. He was born in Mbarara, Uganda. He is known as “Ssebabi”, meaning “The Ugliest of them all”, because of how he looks.
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He is deemed unpleasant to look at because of a tumour which developed from a bizarre sickness that ruined his appearance. Baguma was not born looking this ugly. His terrible health condition caused his physical body to become distorted, hence this look.
As a result, his mother abandoned him and left him in the hands of his grandmother. His grandmother raised him, but it was not a smooth ride for him growing up. His physical appearance denied him of some activities that he would have enjoyed as a kid such as mixing with people, freely going out, etc. Because of how people usually react whenever they see him, he spent his youth indoors. But as he grew older, he became bold and finally contested for the title of the ‘Ugliest man on the planet’.
Today, he is a stand-up comedian and singer. He is married to two ladies but divorced the first due to infidelity.
Maison Sere is proud of how ugly he is and does not care what people say about it. He boldly contested in 2015 for the title of the ugliest man in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean contest, which is held every year, is done to crown ‘Mr Ugly’ and celebrate the beauty in ugliness. Sere defeated the other contestants to be crowned “Mr Ugly” and got a reward of $500. What makes him distinctively ugly is his unpleasant teeth arrangement and the lack of it.
With this title, Sere joined the growing list of the ugliest persons in the world.
Williams Masvinu was the reigning champion of the Zimbabwean Mr Ugly contest for three years in a row until it was taken from him. Masvinu revealed that winning the contest is one of the most significant things that has ever happened in his life. While many might feel being ugly has no advantage, Masvinu has bagged several endorsement deals and awards for his title.
Masvinu was born ugly. His large nose and facial expressions are part of the things that make him stand out as ugly. The Zimbabwe government started the Mr Ugly contest in 2009 and it has helped many like Williams, glory in how they look without feeling bad about it.
Many people try their best not to look ugly, but not Etienne Dumont. He dares to be different. The literary critic wanted to stand out in the crowd and, so, covered 99 per cent of his body with tattoos. He has a five-centimetre ring in his ear tunnel, pinned glasses that make him look like a young bull, and silicone implants under his skin.
All these add up to give a scary look on the outside, making him one of the ugliest people in the world. Dumont is unique because deliberately wanted to be on the list of ugliest persons in the world.
Lizzie Velasquez is one of the many people whose health condition rendered them unpleasant to look at. When she was born, the doctors told her parents that she would not be able to walk, talk, think or do anything by herself. This is because she was born with a very rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome. This condition prevents her from gaining weight and accumulating fat in the body. Velasquez is also blind in one eye.
Her appearance put her at the receiving end of a lot of bullying while in school. She was 17 in 2006 when she stumbled upon a YouTube video of herself, where she was named the ugliest woman in the world. Today she is a motivational speaker and an anti-bullying activist. One of her TED talks has 12 million views and counting and she spoke on how to define yourself. The world is sometimes cruel to ugly people, but Velasquez has chosen to turn her lemons into lemonades and she is doing exceptionally well.
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Joshua Glen Box
Many would agree that Joshua Glen Box is not pleasant to look at because of the absence of his nose and the several facial injuries he has had.
The phrase ‘beauty is on the inside’ doesn’t apply to Box because of his actions. In 2015, he was charged with distributing child pornography. In 2018, he pleaded guilty to receiving materials involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. His looks and acts have earned him a spot on the list of the ugliest people in the world. Box is one of the ugliest people in the world, in and out.
Eric Sprague stands tall as one of the ugliest people in the world. Creativity and the desire to be different is a good thing, but it does not have that effect on Sprague.
Also known as the Lizardman, Sprague was one of the first set of people to get a split tongue. He altered his body by adding sharpened fangs, five Teflon horns inserted under the skin of his brows, lengthening of his septum and earlobes, green tattooed lips, split tongue, subdermal implants, and a green scale tattoo covering most parts of his body.
Sprague worked hard to transform himself into a reptile, but to what end? Because to most, he is very scary to look at.
Fame found Micheal Berryman because of his ugliness. He is one of the few who has used his ugliness to establish himself in the world. Berryman is said to have ugliness ‘in his blood’ because of how he was born.
He owes his distinct appearance to a rare condition called Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, which prevents human hair, teeth, nails, and sweat glands from growing. He is popular for his roles in many horror movies. He has also acted in movies like Star Trek, The X-Files and The Hills Have Eyes.
Dennis Avner is, undoubtedly, one of the ugliest people in the world because of his scary and unpleasant tiger-like look. Also known as Man tiger, Stalking Cat, Cat, or Catman, Avner tries his best to look different from everyone else. He achieved this by making some modifications to his body. These modifications stemmed from his desire to look like a female cat.
In an interview with Only Human, Avner revealed that he has been a cat his whole life and has always related to cats.
He said: “I’ve been a cat my entire life. I am always related to cats. I always had a close relationship with cats.”
While many turn to plastic surgery for bigger boobs, ass or lips to look good, Avner went under the knife to look like an animal.
No one would connect the name Versace to ugliness, but Donatella Versace, who is the sister of Gianni Versace, the founder of the Versace designer label, has managed to achieve that. After the death of Gianni, Donatella inherited 20 per cent of Versace’s stakes and was the brand’s Chief Executive Officer for seven years. She is currently the Creative Director of the fashion brand.
Versace’s case is a case of ‘plastic surgery gone wrong’. The businesswoman wasn’t born ugly, but she is on the list because many people have forgotten what she looked like before her plastic surgery that yielded ‘ugly’ results. With her current look, she is an unattractive millionaire who sits comfortably on the list of the ugliest persons in the world.
It’s amazing how people would opt to be ugly just to be different. It just shows how ‘different’ people’s minds are. This backs up the statement earlier that ugliness is subjective. The ugliest person in the world today is also ephemeral.
Who on the list is your number one?
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