"Fasting Girls" from Victorian Society--a Strange Fascination

September 2, 2016

One odd fad that gained popularity in the Victorian era among the wealthy were the famed "Fasting Girls" - young women who claimed that they could live on air alone and did not need to eat (though they were almost certainly being given food in secret), and also often claimed to be clairvoyant or have religious visions. These women were often practically celebrities, and would be celebrated for upholding Victorian ideals of dainty and proper womanhood. This article tells a bit about one of the most famous Fasting Girls of the time - Mollie Fancher.



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