Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mademoiselle Gabrielle

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Gabrielle Fuller. She was born in Switzerland, joined the circus at the age of 16 and was a celebrated beauty... She didn't have any legs or even stumps. She was married at least twice, probably three times or even more... not much of her is known in later life.

"Mademoiselle Gabrielle possessed no legs and, according to a 1929 London Life article, she possessed no stumps whatsoever. Her torso finished just below the hip gracefully. Her figure was impressive and she accentuated her physical qualities and natural beauty with opulent Victorian garb and striking jewelry.  She firmly believed that she was ‘no less a woman.' "
- Memorias Perdidas

I find it interesting that she was corset trained... But - very beautiful, indeed. I wonder what her life was before she joined the circus... and after... absolutely fascinating. Someone should really write a book about her and make it into a movie.