No, this isn't the elusive bearded woman you would see in a carnival at the turn of the century... even though the star of this story is traveling with the Circus now... This is a real life bearded woman. After the birth of her son, 49-year-old Mariam began to grow facial hair. But after 28 years of painfully plucking each hair, she decided to flaunt it. That kind of self-esteem is refreshing to see in a materialistic world.