Wolf Man is the world’s hairiest man: 98% of his body, including his FACE, is coated in thick, dark hair and rare genetic disorder has earned him the moniker Wolf Man
- Larry Gomez, of San Bernardino, California, has been nicknamed the ‘Wolf Man’
- He was born with congenital generalized hypertrichosis – a rare genetic disorder
- It strikes less than 100 people worldwide, including some of his family members
- Cruel children bullied Mr Gomez – whose real name is Victor – while growing up
- But, after making a name for himself in Hollywood, he has finally learned to embrace his appearance
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By Luke Kenton
Larry Gomez, of San Bernardino, California, has been nicknamed the ‘Wolf Man’, because 98 per cent of his body – including his face – is coated by thick, dark hair.
He was born with congenital generalized hypertrichosis – a rare genetic disorder that strikes less than 100 people worldwide, including a number of his family members.
A man whose body is almost completely covered in hair now proudly boasts the accolade of being the ‘world’s hairiest man’, after years of ridicule and bullying.
Cruel children bullied Mr Gomez – whose real name is Victor – during his time at school, ostracizing him as a result of his unusual appearance.
But, after making a name for himself in Hollywood, he has finally learned to embrace his difference, and is now considered the world’s hairiest man.
Mr Gomez’ newfound confidence also helped him find love, after recently marrying Alicia Martinez, whom he met when searching for an apartment in 2011.
Urging others to look beyond appearances and get to know the person beneath, he is hoping to use his story to inspire others to be confident in their own skin.
Filmmaker Travis Hoefle, who runs the YouTube Channel ‘The Wizard of Odd TV“, flew out from Chicago to meet with the iconic ‘Wolf Man.’
He said: ‘Larry has three other family members who suffer from the condition, spread out over five generations.
‘The women are covered with a light to medium coat of hair, while the men of the family have thick hair, covering most of their bodies.
‘Larry was bullied as a kid for the way he looks, but now he wants other people to accept him, and others, who look different.’
Mr Gomez grooms his hair once a month, but ‘it always grow back quite quickly’, according to Mr Hoefle, whose channel has 24,000 subscribers.
He added: ‘Larry has completely embraced his difference, saying he has never known anything else – it is what it is.
‘He’s a very nice man and loves to make jokes. I can tell he’s a very caring person and a real family man.
‘Wolf man’s outlook on life is very positive and inspirational – life is hard but you have to make the best of it each and every day.
‘I interviewed with him as part of my online YouTube channel ‘The Wizard of Odd TV‘, which documents the amazing stories of ordinary people.
‘The Wizard of Odd TV sets out to entertain people but also importantly provide a positive message about life.’
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