I'm sick of people depicting Medusa as an ugly old monster! Clearly they have forgotten the legend! Medusa was once a mortal princess who had the most beautiful hair in the world and was very proud of it. In fact she often boasted that her hair was more beautiful than any of the godesses. Athena heard this and came down to challenge this, but when faced with woman whose hair was far more beautiful than her own she became jealous and to stop Medusa's prideful boasting, she turned her hair into snakes.