Meet the Bearded Lady Who Is Challenging Beauty Norms
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Meet the Bearded Lady Who Is Challenging Beauty Norms

After being bullied and called “fat” or “Paki” during her childhood, Harnaam Kaur had to deal with polycystic ovaries, which caused her to grow a beard and being even more harassed. Today, she works as a body confidence and anti-bullying advocate. Inspiring!

The Struggle to Live With Polycystic Ovaries

Around 11 years old, Harnaam Kaur noticed that she had some hair sprouting on her face, chest and arms, and faced a constant battle to remain hair-free. But then, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries syndrome and was able to understand what was happening to her.

Polycystic ovaries syndrome is a common condition where you’re having too much male hormones, which affects the reproductive organs and is a leading cause of infertility in women. As a result of these hormones, women might see some physical symptoms such as excess facial or body hair, irregular periods and enlarged ovaries, that contain fluid-filled sacs around the eggs.

Embracing Herself, Beard and Hair Included

As a 16-year-old, Harnaam was baptized as a Sikh, which means she had to respect the 5 Ks and let her facial hair grow out. Instead of losing her confidence, she decided to embrace her beautiful singularity and uses it daily as an activist to promote self-esteem, self-love and confidence.

And to prove that everyone is unique in their own way, she accepted the Guinness World Record of the youngest woman in the world with a full beard, saying: “I hope those who read or see my record can take away positive inspiration and realise that no matter who you are or what you look like, you are officially amazing.”

In March 2016, she also became the first woman with a beard to walk the runway when she opened the show for Marianna Harutunian during London Fashion Week.

When interviewed by The Guardian, she said: “I live by the phrase ‘My body, my rules’. If keeping your hair makes you uncomfortable or depressed, then get rid of it; otherwise, if you’ve got it, rock it.” Words to live by!


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