Think A Woman With Facial Hair Looks Ugly? Meet Harnaam Kaur
What first comes to your head when you see a woman with a beard? Is it, “Yuck”? Or “Why doesn’t she shave?” Or even, “She looks like a man!” Well, 26-year-old London native Harnaam has heard all these and more, possibly everyday since the age of 10.
Harnaam Kaur, who holds the title of the ‘youngest woman to have a full beard’ according to Guinness Book of World Records, suffers from PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOD). In this condition, a woman’s sex hormones go off balance, leading to cysts over the ovaries. That can cause several symptoms, such as diabetes, irregular menstrual cycles and facial hair to name a few.
Harnaam first discovered she had abnormal hair growth on her face, chest and arms at the age of 10. She was diagnosed with PCOD at the age of 12. Since then, she has continuously been a victim of bullying and body shaming. “I used to tweeze, wax, thread, shave, [tried] different hair creams, but it just didn't work because you know, I have this condition and if I try to remove my hair, it just grows back,” she stated in an interview.
But after a while, Harnaam did what could possibly be the best thing in her life. She stopped caring about others and accepted herself the way she was. Today, she is a body activist, a life coach and a model. She vows to change women’s feelings about their physical insecurities based on brain washed beauty standards.
“The media portray women to be a certain way, and it's heartbreaking. When you look at women and think, Wow, women are different shapes and sizes, and the color of their skin is different and those are just our physical traits were talking about. It's just a shame that I'd have to look in magazines and not find women that represented me. It's a shame that women and teenagers and people of all generations still have to face body-shaming and bullying just because of the way they look.” she rightfully told Vice.
Aren’t we all under pressure to look in a certain way? To be thin, to have fair skin, to have silky hair, or to lose baby fat quickly; all these just add pressure to women who are already live stressed out lives. Why does beauty have only one particular definition? It’s time we change the way we look at a healthy, happy and beautiful human being and raise children who are open-minded.
After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Disclaimer: This article was originally published in vice
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