Costumes and creatures are great, but what about actual people with actual deformities? How do people handle that? Especially at this time of year.

This is Tiffany. She's a 16-year-old mermaid, sort of. She was born with a rare condition where her legs are fused together, similar to the bottom half of the mermaids from folklore. The condition, called sirenomelia, is also known as mermaid syndrome.

She has since had surgery to separate her legs, but she was born with a single leg. via Animal Planet

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