15 World’s Amazing Circus Sideshow Performers

Fannie Mills (The Ohio Big Foot Girl)

Fannie Mills was born and raised in Ohio in 1860. As a young adult, she was very petite weighing 115 lbs. yet her legs and feet had swelled to an enormous size that she had to custom-made her size 30 goatskin shoes. She used pillowcases as her socks. In 1885, she joined the traveling freak show circuit under the name “The Ohio Big Foot Girl”. She was accompanied by a nurse since she had difficulty of walking and doing tasks. Her career was cut short when illness forced her into retirement in 1892. Later on, it was found out that she suffered a disease called Miloy Disease which affects the lymphatic system and is more often characterized by lymphedema of the legs as vessel swell with fluid.