Swag I think that in this day and age a character such as this is more common place,mostly due to the fact the the World as a whole has become a more freaky place. With the media of today we are able to see things far and wide.While in the time frame of 1840-1940 this was no where near as simple to see other cultures and other ways of life.
If you think of this character in the period of 1840-1940 she would be far more freaky in that time period,also depending on the place of the freak show,the culture differences, she could be regarded as a freak in a freak show.
I think the suggestion of [b]dhalsim[/b] by [b]Bluemilk[/b]is a very good one.It could add more spice and creativity to your character.Also [b]JamesMK[/b] suggestion of adding more deformity is a good one.Possibly more rings around the legs,arms even waist to streatch these as well.Even freakier.Also this can give you the chance for some [b]Contortionist[/b] positions for the character,also some good rigging tests for you with all kinds of bends and twists of the body.
Here's a simple shot of dhalsim.................
Ok on with the freak show Swag.................:thumbsup: :beer: