Bearded Lady Saints
Two bearded ladies have even been sainted by the Catholic religion, not to be outdone. They were not born with beards but later sprouted facial hair as an answered prayer against forced marriage and unwanted advances. Be careful what you wish for, ladies!
Wilgefortis (pictured above) was a 14th century Portuguese princess who promised marriage to the king of Sicily. She prayed to be spared from this fate and was blessed with her very own beard, which frightened off her intended. For this, she was crucified by her father and became a favored saint among abused women of the middle ages. There is also a 19th century legend that tells of St. Paula the Bearded, whose prayer to ward off a lusty attacker was answered with the instantaneous growth of a beard.