PAULINE MUSTERS – The Little Princess

PAULINE MUSTERS - The Little Princess

In the history of the world, little Pauline Musters is the smallest mature woman ever officially recorded. Pauline was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having stood only 1 foot 11.2 inches in height.

Born on February 26, 1876 in Ossendrecht in the Netherlands Pauline Munster’s was almost half of her final height straight from her mother’s womb. At birth, she was just over 12 inches. At age nine, the tiny dynamo weighed only three pounds and in adulthood Pauline Munster weighed less than nine pounds. Her measurements at age 19 were 181/2 -19-17, meaning she had curvy little figure and in truth she had no shortage of male suitors.

Pauline began her profession career as an infant.  At that time the public simply marveled at her tiny proportions, but as she grew older Pauline took to performing as well. She was eventually known for being an adept acrobat and for skilfully dancing with partners drawn from the audience. As her performances progressed in quality, Pauline took on many unique stage names. She was perhaps best known simply as Princess Pauline and on par with her name she took to wearing remarkable elegant gowns on stage, with details and stitching so minute that the garments themselves were a wonder to behold.

During her career, Princess Pauline toured Belgium, Germany, France and Britain before being invited to perform in the United States in 1894. She debuted in New York City’s Proctor’s Theatre on New Year’s Eve before a stunned and thoroughly charmed audience. She performed with a grace that moved those who saw her. She was a fairy, a tiny regal princess on a huge stage dancing what she felt in her heart – and it was beautiful. Princess Pauline quickly became the darling of New York.

Tragically, while Pauline’s star burnt brilliantly, it expired far too quickly.Shortly after arriving in New York the diminutive Princess contracted pneumonia and meningitis. Pauline Musters succumbed to illness on March 1, 1895 in New York and the world lost its smallest but greatest miracle.


  • Reply May 18, 2008


    Oh my gosh, she’s so cute! :D

  • Reply July 17, 2008


    Cute? I’d be more concerned about knee-ing her in the head…

  • Reply September 10, 2008


    Geez, it’s even kinda creepy :O I seriously thought it was a doll in the picture.

  • Reply September 20, 2008


    i wonder how small her kids would be

  • Reply January 11, 2009

    Sara R

    Actually Lucia Zarate born at 7inches and 8 ounces, growing to 20 inches and tipping the scale at under 5 pounds would be the smallest person ever.

  • Reply January 12, 2009

    J Tithonus Pednaud

    Actually Lucia Zarate is not officially recognized as the shortest adult woman for many factors. Most importantly, evidence shows that she was only six years old at the time those quoted measurements and no measurements of her adult height were ever made.

    She was first brought to the United States in 1876 and, as was the custom with showmen, she was promoted as being older than her years. P.T. Barnum did the same thing when first promoting Tom Thumb, for example. To this day, many biographers believe she was born in 1864. However, evidence shows she was actually born closer to 1870.

    She is, however, suspected of being one of the first recorded cases of primordial dwarfism.

  • Reply February 25, 2009


    i am seriously amazed by what is posted on this site. Teratology and the study of birthdefect and abnormalities truly intrigues me.

  • Reply March 28, 2009


    I was born bigger than her.

  • Reply April 19, 2009


    She is so little and cute!

  • Reply July 2, 2009


    I would love to go back in time to watch one of her shows. :)

    She’s so cute and tiny!

  • Reply July 7, 2009


    owww…what a little doll :X

  • Reply October 27, 2009


    wow thixx is so amazing i guexx……….
    i guexx im not so short after all.loL
    HoW CuTe…………..

  • Reply November 24, 2009


    polly pocket o-m-g!

  • Reply November 26, 2009



    i’d like to say that in the village where i live what’s called Ossendrecht, there is a museum dedicated tot Princess Pauline. Because she was born in my village.
    I’ve seen the clothes and shoes of her. It’s simply unbelievable to see how small she was. She made her family very rich in those days and there is a mansion build for her. but she only lived there for 2 years before she left to New York City.

  • Reply May 30, 2011


    I heard of Toy Poodles, but this is rediculus!

  • […] to The Netherlands where she was burried in her home village Ossendrecht. She was dressed like a fairy tale princess in a light blue gown wearing a little golden crown encrusteed with diamonds. Paulina’s body […]

  • Reply September 17, 2011

    Lone Alaskan Gypsy

    What a magnificant little woman. How dearly I would have loved to attend one of her shows. I bet it was purely magickal to watch her dance around on stage. Her confidence must have been extrodinary in and of itself. An inspiring woman indeed.

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  • Reply April 10, 2012

    brianna curial

    amazing how small she is wonder if she had children how small would they be cool idea

    • Reply April 10, 2012

      J Tithonus Pednaud

      She did not have children, she died quite young. Also, her size would have made childbirth very difficult and dangerous.

  • Reply January 28, 2014


    How adorable. A little tiny living doll. and I bet her show was amazing and wowerful. and she’s in proportion. her heads not big or anything. macy’s doll come to life.

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