BEING the world’s hairiest bloke is inevitably accompanied by strange looks and stares – but it’s the same reoccurring question that he can’t stand.
Larry Gomez’s body is 98 per cent covered in fluffy dark locks – earning him the nickname “Wolf Man“.
He was born with an incredibly rare condition, hypertrichosis, which causes excessive hair growth – meaning even his face is engulfed in a thick coat.
A number of his family members also suffer from the genetic disorder, also known as “Werewolf Syndrome”, which affects less than 100 people worldwide.
But despite facing years of bullying and taunts, brave Larry, of San Bernardino, California, has finally learned to love the skin he is in.
The former circus performer now wears his title as the world’s hairiest man as a badge of honour – saying it makes him feel “special”.
Larry explained: “Not many people in the world have this condition — I believe six or eight people — and I am the hairiest one.
“Being one of the hairiest guys in the world makes me special and I’m famous too.”
But while basking in the glory of his terrific tresses, he is constantly pestered by awe-struck onlookers parroting the same annoying question.
Larry joked: “People ask if it’s itchy. No, this is my normal life.
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“A lot of people ask me questions like, ‘were you born like this?’ or, ‘how do you live with this?’
“And I say well I have to live with this because I have it and I don’t know any other way.
“This is my normal life, you know what I’m saying?”
His striking appearance didn’t scare off his wife Alicia Martinez, whom he met when searching for an apartment in 2011.
Larry hopes to use his remarkable story to inspire others to be comfortable in their own skin.
He appeared on the YouTube channel ‘Wizard of Odd TV’, to share his wisdom and tales of being the Wolf Man.
Filmmaker Travis Hoefle flew out from Chicago to see his marvellous mane in person.
He said of Larry: “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.
“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.”
Travis explained that the ex-circus performer grooms his hair once a month, “but it always grows back quite quickly.”